Salford off the bottom of the ladder after win over London Broncos

Lee Gaskell

It was a win that they desperately needed and it now means that the Salford City Reds are off the bottom of the ladder, as coach Brian Noble praises the first-half performance from his side in their 44-30 win over the London Broncos

On the back of a first-half hat-trick by Lee Gaskell, the Reds race out 34-6 lead, before Broncos debutant Jamie Soward mounted a fightback for the club, one that proved to be in vain as the Reds held on to win.

With Noble often critical of his side’s inability to capitalise on their chances, he praised them for making the most of them this week.

“We have been creating opportunities on a regular basis but not taking them, but today was a different story,” said Noble.

“We know when we are on our game we can score points, and I have known that for some time.

“It has been a while since we have been in the winner’s enclosure so I suppose it was understandable that we dropped off a bit.

“We started playing as individuals in the Electronic Cigarette second half instead of a team and we suffered a bit, but when we get our execution right we know we can compete with the bigger teams.”

Soward, fresh from his release by the Dragons, was given his Broncos debut after 23 minutes and had a solid impact in his first game, scoring 1 try and kicking five goals.

For Tony Rea, the Broncos coach, he admits in hindsight, it might have been a good idea to start Jamie Soward, though on the performance by his club, he feels like their one breakout game is still to come.

“With hindsight it is easy to say we should have played Jamie from the start, but it never pays to look back in this game,” said Rea.

“In my mind it was all about protecting him, and in an ideal world he would have had a good week with the team before playing.

“It is frustrating at the moment as I think just scratching under the surface there is a great performance waiting to happen, and I am sure that performance will come.”

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