Salford City Reds 16, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 12
The Wildcats finished the Engage Super League XV season with a dispiriting sixth successive defeat when they were overtaken by Salford City Reds.
The brave Wildcats rolled up their sleeves and kept the enthusiastic City Reds at bay in the first half but Salford came from behind to collect both points and finish 12th in the final Super League 2010 table.
Astonishingly, it was 0-0 at The Willows at half-time in a dour game.
Tevita Leo-Latu’s early second-half against the side he is to join next season then livened it up, the Reds responding through winger Steve Tyrer.
Salford ran in two more through Ray Cashmere and the departing Stuart Littler, on his final appearance, to seal a sixth straight Wakefield defeat.
Sean Gleeson, got a late consolation try, while Tyrer, also on his last appearance for the Reds, ended up with an eight-point haul for Salford, after landing two conversions.
Littler, captain for the day, enjoyed a fairytale ending to his Salford career with the winning try to round off a mistake-littered contest between two clubs who have endured miserable seasons came to an uninspiring end.
Littler’s try-scoring farewell marked the end of an era at The Willows with eight players heading out of the club.
Willie Talau and regular skipper Malcolm Alker, who will remain on the coaching staff, are both retiring.
And, along with Littler and Tyrer, Karl Fitzpatrick, Jeremy Smith, Phil Leuluai, Ian Sibbit and Luke Swain are all leaving, Salford having already started organising their close-season clear-out.
Wakefield, who also had a last hurrah of their own for skipper Jason Demetriou, had to settle for 11th place after failing to notch the victory they needed to climb above Bradford, who finish 10th.
The two Wildcat tries came from Tevita Leo-Latu, who will be a Red next season, and centre Sean Gleeson.
Salford: Ratchford; Broughton, Gibson, Talau, Tyrer; Sneyd, M Smith: Cashmere, J Smith, Neal, Sibbit, Littler, Swain. Replacements: Parker, Leuluai, Jewitt, Owen.
Wakefield: Blaymire, Blanch, Gleeson, Millard, Murphy, Jeffries, Obst, King, Leo-Latu, Moore, Ferguson, Demetriou, Morrison .Replacements: Korkidas, Henderson, Gledhill, Rinaldi.
Referee: Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven).
Attendance: 3,401. Halftime 0-0