Dewsbury: Kieran Hyde, Austin Buchanan, Karl Pryce, Shane Grady, Dalton Grant, Matty Wildie, Anthony Thackeray, Ryan Hepworth, Tom Hemingway, Matthew Haggarty, Rob Spicer, Scott Hale, Joel Farrell. Subs: Toby Adamson, Dale Morton, Wayne Godwin, Aaron Brown, Zach Johnson, Byron Smith, Makali Aizue, Sam Wood.
Salford: Jon Ford, Conor McGrath, Jake Bibby, Jason Walton, Brad England, Niall Evalds, Theo Fages, Scott Taylor, Liam Hood, Adam Walne, Jordan Walne, Matty Gee, Gareth Hock. Subs: Carl Forster, Luke Menzies, George Griffin, Harry Files, Ryan Lannon, Adam Jones.
Austin Buchanan’s testimonial game went the way of Dewsbury Rams as the Championship side picked up a deserved friendly win over Super League’s Salford Red Devils.
The Rams started well and found themselves 18 points up at the break. The half time withdrawal of influential half-back Anthony Thackeray didn’t halt their momentum and they extended their lead to 24 on 43 minutes.
Buoyed by the introduction of Gareth Hock and Scott Taylor, the youthful Salford side rallied with two quick fire tries just before the hour but their dominance came to a halt with the dismissal of Adam Walne. The Rams held on and added extra gloss to the scoreline with their fifth try of the game in the closing stages.
The hosts flew out of the blocks on the first whistle and found themselves on the front foot just three minutes in as Tom Hemingway kicked a 40/20. Scott Hale proved to be the beneficiary as he crashed over from close range to open the scoring.
The seventh minute saw the Rams extend their lead as Rob Spicer stole in behind the defence and planted down a pin-point kick from Anthony Thackeray. Tom Hemingway converted both efforts.
The Rams continued their dominance and could have has a third but the returning Wayne Godwin was held up over the line on 25 minutes. But they were not to be denied just a few minutes later as the unstoppable Makali Aizue blockbusted his way over from ten meters. Kieran Hyde took over the kicking duties and made it 18-0 to the hosts at the break.
The second half began in the same way as the first, with the Rams crossing three minutes in. This time it was Karl Pryce who scored with a superb individual effort. The former Wigan man showed great agility to find space before brushing aside two defenders on his way to the line.Hyde made it two from two with the boot.
Then, Gareth Hock and Scott Taylor returned to the field and they almost immediately had a positive impact, laying the platform with a line-break each for a Carl Forster try on 51 minutes and fast hands on 57 minutes gave Brad England space for a simple finish on the left flank. Liam Hood kicked both goals. The Devils were in determined mood and Hock was held up before Hood had try disallowed for offside.
But their momentum was halted as Adam Walne picked up a red cad on the hour for a high shot on Joel Farrell and Sam Wood completed the scoring, finishing off a slick passing move with 15 minutes to go.
NothingButLeague Man of the Match: Aaron Brown (Dewsbury Rams) – The young loose forward looked sharp throughout in his first game for nine months.