Super League  Friday 29th March 2013  The City of Salford Community Stadium  Att: 2,788

Squad

Broughton, Gibson, Gaskell, Foran, Ashurst, Dixon, Wild, Godwin, Nero, Boyle, James, Neal, Fages, Sneyd, Owen, Walne, Griffin, Murphy, Okanga-Ajwang.

Squad

Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Ferguson, Mullally, Dawson, Aspinall, Fielden.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jordan James

Ashley Gibson

Jodie Broughton

Lee Gaskell

GOAL SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Craig Kopczak

Jermaine McGillvary

Shaun Lunt

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

Huddersfield Giants wasted the chance to return to the top of the Super League table when a Mark Sneyd drop goal clinched a shock win for bottom club Salford City Reds.

The Giants, who were never in front, drew level at 20-20 before full-back Sneyd coolly landed a one-pointer eight minutes from time.

It was Huddersfield's second successive defeat after a 28-2 loss at Warrington Wolves and they could have no complaints with the result.

They were without Jason Chan, Michael Lawrence, Luke George, Larne Patrick, Ukuma Ta'ai and Jamie Cording, but gave a first appearance to teenage second rower Pete Aspinall.

Salford were missing Martin Gleeson, Danny Williams, Ryan McGoldrick, Lee Jewitt, Shannan McPherson and Vic Mauro.

They handed a debut to Lee Gaskell, signed from St Helens on a season's loan exchange with Stuart Howarth yesterday, and the 22-year-old centre could not have made a better start as he fired the Reds ahead with a superb fourth-minute try.

Gaskell sliced through the Giants defence to race 40 metres before touching down, with Sneyd booting the conversion.

A Sneyd break almost brought a second try for the Reds but Huddersfield could have drawn level had Shaun Lunt delivered a more accurate pass to Eorl Crabtree.

It proved costly with Salford adding a second try through Jodie Broughton, who collected Liam Foran's long pass to cross unopposed in the corner and make it 10-0.

The lively Lunt reduced the deficit, supporting a slick handling move involving Danny Brough, Brett Ferres and Joe Wardle to score under the posts midway through the first half.

Salford, who had previously won only one match this season, were playing with plenty of fluency and a smart offload by former Giant Steve Wild enabled substitute Gareth Owen to put Ashley Gibson over.

The Reds were then given a let-off when David Faiumu was held up over the line by desperate defence.

But an Owen error gave Huddersfield the impetus for Crabtree to charge through and he was only denied by an ankle tap from Theo Fages.

The Reds' joy was shortlived with Jermaine McGillvary going over from Leroy Cudjoe's pass to cut the interval gap to 14-10.

Scott Grix put Huddersfield on the attack from the restart with a long-range burst, but Salford opened up a 10-point lead when Jordan James charged onto Owen's pass to scatter defenders and blast over with Sneyd tagging on the conversion.

Crabtree caused plenty of problems for Salford with his strong running and Huddersfield clawed back to 20-14 with Craig Kopczak going over.

Brough surprisingly hit the post with the straightforward conversion but then added the extras to his own try after a Reds defender palmed down Ferres' pass.

However, Salford dealt impressively with Brough's towering kicks and then secured victory with Sneyd's one-pointer.

Match Action

  • 74m
    dropgoal

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford

  • 61m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 61m
    try

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 58m
    try

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 45m
    try

    Jordan James

    Salford

  • 45m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford

  • 40m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Jacob Fairbank

    Huddersfield

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Peter Aspinall

    Huddersfield

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Adam Neal

    Salford

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Ryan Boyle

    Salford

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Huddersfield

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Darrell Griffin

    Salford

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Jordan James

    Salford

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Stephen Wild

    Salford

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Chris Nero

    Salford

  • 29m
    try

    Ashley Gibson

    Salford

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Gareth Owen

    Salford

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Wayne Godwin

    Salford

  • 23m
    try

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Stuart Fielden

    Huddersfield

  • 18m
    try

    Jodie Broughton

    Salford

  • 5m
    try

    Lee Gaskell

    Salford

  • 5m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford