Salford 20 Wigan Warriors 40

Gareth Hock takes the ball up against Salford
Gareth Hock takes the ball up against Salford

WIGAN stormed back to winning ways with victory over Salford at the Salford City Stadium.

Centre Darrell Goulding, who scored five tries for the City Reds while on loan in 2009, led the way with a first-half double as the Warriors responded to last week’s last-gap defeat to Warrington.

There were no such slip-ups on Friday night, as they punished Salford for giving away too many early penalties to claim their 12th win a row against the City Reds.

Salford were without winger Jodie Broughton for the fifth game in a row while Danny Williams replaced Ashley Gibson on the other flank. Centre Chris Nero and prop Shannan McPherson were also missing

Wigan were without points machine Pat Richards with a thigh injury to give 18-year-old Matthew Russell his second start for the club.

Captain Sean O’Loughlin was out while prop Lee Mossop returned after a two-week absence for suspended Epalahame Lauaki.

Wigan went ahead in the third minute when Goulding was put through by Harrison Hansen with Josh Charnley slotting over the kick from the touchline.

But with ball in hand Salford looked the part and hit back with two tries from Aussie stand-off Daniel Holdsworth and winger Williams.

Holdsworth missed both kicks but Salford were 8-6 in front after 12 minutes.

But that was as good as it got for the City Reds as Wigan slipped into overdrive.

Goulding scored his second try before livewire full-back Sam Tomkins got in on the act.

First he set up Charnley in the 21st minute and then went over himself after being put through the gap by Gareth Hock, with Charnley improving both.

There was more misery for the Reds when centre George Carmont completed a sweeping move and loose forward Liam Farrell barged over with Charnley missing both kicks.

The nearest Salford came was when Williams got on the end of a Holdsworth kick but the try was ruled out for offside and Wigan went in 30-8 in front at half-time.

The Warriors started the second half where they left off with Tomkins touching down after four minutes and Charnely adding the extras.

But Salford always looked dangerous on the rare occasions they got into the Wigan half and a clever break from Williams sent Luke Patten storming in under the posts in the 55th minute to give Holdsworth an easy conversion.

Wigan’s try number eight came when Russell touched down in the corner in the 60th minute with Charnley missing his fourth kick from eight attempts.

Salford had the last word when Welsh prop Jordan James ploughed over in the final minute and Holdsworth converted but it was too little too late.