The first team win over Salford City Reds wasn’t the only time the Wildcats were celebrating on Saturday with victories for the under 18′s and under 20′s Academy.
After suffering an opening game defeat to London Broncos, the under 18′s bounced back in style when they became the first Wildcats side to play at the new Salford City Stadium.
Tries for Corbyn Kilday, Tom Middleton, Will Martin, Tom Rogers and a brace for hooker Josh Murphy led the youngsters to a 34-20 win and sets them up nicely for a local derby against Castleford Tigers at the Jungle this Thursday (kick-off: 7.30pm).
Glenn Morrison’s under 20′s earned a dramatic late win over the Reds in a scrappy pre-cursor to the first team clash on Saturday.
After Tom Whitehead had scored an intercept try early on for the visitors, Paul Johnson made it three tries in two under 20′s outings when he reeled in a pass and powered his way to the try line.
Dan Brohterton claimed a second try for the Reds – again against the run of play – when he read Liam Kay’s pass and raced 90 metres to score.
Ryan Wright burrowed over from dummy half in response for the home side but Gareth Owen and Theo Fages gave Salford a 24-12 lead at the break.
Gareth Croft and Sam Fletcher both got over the whitewash at the start of the second half to reduce the arrears to a couple of points but a cheap penalty on the last tackle of a set invited pressure from the Reds and Jon Ford’s try seemed to secure the victory for Salford.
But the Wildcats side showed their character to comeback when a sweeping right to left move was finished off by Matty Wildie before Danny Cowling held off his opposite number and reached out over the line to win the game for the Wildcats, 32-30.
Under 18′s: Sam Doherty, Danny Mirfin, Tom Rogers, Cameron Leeming, Jamahl Hunte, Jack Anderson, Tom Middleton, James Healy, Josh Murphy, Will Martin, Brad Day, Rhys Trout, Corbin Kilday. Replacements: Adam Megretton, Flannan Naismith, Liam Goodaire, Ciaran Murphy.
Under 20′s: Liam Kay, Dale Morton, Danny Cowling, Sam Fletcher, Gareth Croft, Danny Ansell, Matty Wildie, Tom Lillycrop, Ryan Wright, Paul Johnson, Kyle Trout, Adam Slater, Chris Annakin. Replacements: Jordan Lowther, Jake Joynt, Jacob Price, Adam Gledhill.
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