Wakefield put a frustrating month behind them with an eight try demolition of Salford City Reds.
The Reds opened the scoring through Danny Williams but once Trinity got in front thanks to Paul Aiton’s converted try, there was only one team in it.
Danny Kirmond, Dean Collis, Richard Mathers, Paul Sykes, Oliver Wilkes, Ben Cockayne and Peter Fox all went in for tries in a dominant display for the men in blue.
Jodie Broughton claimed an intercept try midway through the second half but it was a desperate night for the Salford players and supporters in front of the Sky cameras.
Richard Agar was able to call upon the services of Sykes, Tim Smith and Aiton from the start, Ali Lauitiiti returning on the replacements bench. Agar also recalled Frankie Mariano from a loan spell at Featherstone Rovers whilst Matty Widlie and Lucas Walshaw both retained their spots in the matchday seventeen after impressing against Wigan Warriors last time out.
The Wildcats enjoyed the better of the early possession but it was the Reds who struck first after 10 minutes. Sykes sent a kick sailing out on the full to provide the hosts with a scrum 40 metres from the Trinity line and fast hands on the second tackle put Williams in the clear and the winger raced into the corner.
There was a lengthy stoppage shortly afterwards when Shannon McPherson came out of a clash with Wilkes the worst. He left the field rattled and the Reds defence were soon all feeling the same when a couple of penalties found the Wildcats within striking distance, Aiton scurrying over from a few metres courtesy of some soft Salford defence.
Neither side had played particularly well in the opening quarter, highlighted by the Wildcats allowing the resulting restart to bounce into touch. Strong cover defence forced Williams into touch to make amends for that error and a little over 60 seconds later Sykes was putting through Kirmond for a trademark score.
The return of the Wildcats key quartet began to click into gear and it was an unlikely grubber from Lauitiiti that earned a drop-out. Salford were struggling to contain the Wildcats right edge and this time it was Collis who went over untouched, Mathers making the simple final pass.
On the face of it, Salford’s spirit was broken and the Wildcats, without a win in four, looked in the mood to take out the frustrations of the past month on the Reds. Kirmond busted another tackle to set the visitors on the front foot, from which Tim Smith put in a well rehearsed reverse kick, Mathers on the same wavelength to mark his 250th career appearance with a try, confirmed by the video referee.
Wakefield’s pocket of travelling fans had plenty to cheer and they were out of their seats again before the interval. Kyle Amor was proving impressive from the bench yet again and the Salford pack couldn’t handle the Cumbrian who offloaded to Mathers, the full-back with Sykes in support 40 metres out for the stand-off to celebrate his return with his 100th career try.
Salford didn’t come out overly fired up in the second period but they did put a halt on the Wildcats scoring for ten minutes. That was until Mariano barged his way to within a couple of yards from the line and Aiton deceived the Reds defence with a lovely ball behind his back for Wilkes to crash over the whitewash.
An attempted long ball from Mathers to Fox was plucked out of the air by Broughton and the England winger ate up the 80 metres in front of him in no time at all for a consolation score.
Usual service was soon resumed though, this time Tim Smith intercepting a pass close to his own line, giving Fox the chance to canter to halfway before the Wildcats worked the short side well for Cockayne to dance his way down the touchline to make it to the line.
Fellow wingman Fox was the next to get in on the action, an eighth different try scorer after some mesmerising play from Wakefield Wizard, Tim Smith. Lee Smith missed his only conversion of the night as the Wildcats fell four points short of 50, but most importantly came away with the two points.
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.