Super League  Friday 22nd March 2013  Langtree Park  Att: 5,348

Squad

Wellens, Gardner, Turner, Soliola, Meli, Hohaia, Perry, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Clough, Jones, Makinson, Ashe, Walmsley, Speakman.

Squad

Broughton, Gibson, Gleeson, Griffin, Fages, Sneyd, D. Williams, Godwin, Nero, Ashurst, Dixon, Wild, Howarth, Foran, Boyle, James, Neal, Owen, Okanga-Ajwang.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Francis Meli

Ade Gardner

GOAL SCORERS:

Lewis Charnock

Lewis Charnock

Lewis Charnock

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Liam Foran

GOAL SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Full Report

Match Official: P Bentham

Salford City Reds' miserable run at St Helens continued despite them giving Nathan Brown's side a fright in a match played in dreadful conditions.

The Reds have not won on Merseyside since 1980 and have now lost 29 successive matches at Saints after tries from Ade Gardner and Francis Meli.

Salford had not troubled the scorers until Liam Foran crossed with 12 minutes left and, although Marc Sneyd grabbed a try late on, there was not enough time to complete a comeback that had nonetheless ensured some Saints nerves.

St Helens closed two of the four stands at Langtree Park with the match played in a snowstorm and ground staff clearing the lines before the kick-off and at half-time.

Brian Noble, one of the front-runners for the vacant Salford job, was a guest of the basement club - who trailed 6-0 to Gardner's converted try at the break.

Reds interim coach Alan Hunte, the former St Helens centre, was without Australian forward Shannon McPherson, Lee Jewitt and Vic Mauro up front.

Saints welcomed back skipper Paul Wellens but were missing James Roby, Lance Hohaia, Anthony Laffranchi and Jonny Lomax.

Teenagers Lewis Charnock and Dom Speakman made debuts with Josh Perry and Tony Puletua also returning. Salford's last away win was at Hull KR in July but they had Danny Williams back from a quad injury.

Martin Gleeson almost put Salford ahead but Saints went in front with a 24th-minute Gardner try after Sol Soliola, Wellens and Jordan Turner combined.

Chris Nero had a Reds effort ruled out before Charnock scored his first points for the club with a penalty just before the break.

Meli notched Saints' second try from a Josh Jones break with Salford not helped by injuries to Theo Fages, Gleeson and Williams.

Charnock struck his third goal with another penalty to extend the lead to 14-0 after 65 minutes.

Sneyd's kick was caught by Jordan James for Foran to make it 14-6 with 12 minutes left and Sneyd then glided over two minutes from the end to leave Saints hanging on.

Match Action

  • 78m
    try

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford

  • 70m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford

  • 68m
    try

    Liam Foran

    Salford

  • 66m
    goal

    Lewis Charnock

    St Helens

  • 60m
    interchange_off

    Nathan Ashe

    St Helens

  • 60m
    interchange_on

    Dom Speakman

    St Helens

  • 59m
    goal

    Lewis Charnock

    St Helens

  • 58m
    try

    Francis Meli

    St Helens

  • 39m
    goal

    Lewis Charnock

    St Helens

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Francis Meli

    St Helens

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Adam Neal

    Salford

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Jordan James

    Salford

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Wayne Godwin

    Salford

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Stuart Howarth

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Chris Nero

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Stephen Wild

    Salford

  • 24m
    try

    Ade Gardner

    St Helens

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Ryan Boyle

    Salford

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Darrell Griffin

    Salford

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Tony Puletua

    St Helens

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Paul Clough

    St Helens

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Josh Perry

    St Helens