Sale FC cemented their position as early season National One pacesetters with a convincing 56-8 victory at Heywood Road.
The early exchanges were tight, with the scoreboard reading 14-8 to the hosts after a lively start to the game.
Sale’s Josh Brown opened the scoring on four minutes with a try, which James Robins converted.
The Tykes responded immediately through Jacob Mounsey, who spotted a gap out wide and took advantage to score. The conversion was missed so the deficit remained at two points.
The impressive Sammy Adu continued his bright start to the season, scoring on his home debut to extend the home side’s lead. Robins again hit the target with the conversion.
Charlie Venables kicked a penalty to keep the visitors in touch. However, from this point onwards, the Tykes lacked any cutting edge and Sale’s greater cohesion shone as they ran out comfortable winners.
Former Tykes Academy prospect Joe Carpenter crossed to add Sale’s third before Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas went over to secure the bonus point before half-time.
Leading 28-8 at the interval, Sale continued to dominate proceedings with Sam Dugdale adding a fifth try, before winger Adu completed a brace to put the hosts in cruise control.
Late tries from Oliver Longmore and Callum Morris ensured the dejected Tykes left empty handed. James Robins converted all the tries to give himself a faultless 16-point haul, completing a perfect day from the tee.
The Tykes came back across the M62 licking their wounds, looking to kick-start their season with a home victory against Cinderford next Saturday; we hope to see you all there to cheer them on.
Final score 56-8