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Salford injury crisis deepens after Tigers take the spoils

The locker room at Salford Devils must look like a scene from the BBC show Casualty today
Finishing yet another match with just one player on the bench after losing Adrian Morley (ankle), Wayne Godwin (concussion and two lost teeth) and Liam Hood (Arm) and another injury to Kevin Locke (groin), Fans could be forgiven for thinking that this season if it wasn’t for bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.

The final score of 20-22 to Castleford though is not a reflection of what was a very good performance by the squad that Iestyn Harris managed to scrape together for today.

Had Locke managed to convert man of the match Theo Fages try after five minutes, the spoils today would have been shared rather than the visitors taking away the full pair.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell admitted his team was nowhere near their best, and that the home sides injuries certainly put all the pressure on them to win.

“I don’t think at any point we played well and haven’t for the last couple of games,” he told SalfordOnline.com.

Iestyn Harris was left to praise his squad for the way they pulled together in the face of yet more injuries.

“Scott Taylor did 80 minutes today, which was a tremendous effort from him, at 114 kilos, it’s a tough ask, but he’s done it.

“We had a lot of lads out of position, Kevin (Locke) pulled his groin in the first half, and probably played an hour with an injury, but it was a brave performance from all of the boys.

“We had front rowers in the centre, front rowers in the back row and we trained an extra day this week to get them used to playing out of position.”

“It’s a medical day tomorrow and we’ll have to see how we stack up before looking to see if we need to bring anyone in on loan.”

3397 were there today, which given the fact Manchester United were on Sky and the sun was shining was quite a respectable turn out and they saw the unusual sight of a referee being replaced.

Mr Stokes tripped and turned his ankle with seven minutes left on the clock and was replaced by Chris Leatherbarrow who oversaw the final few minutes.

Salford (10) 14
Tries: Locke 2, Fages, Taylor Goals: Locke, Johnson

Castleford (10) 22
Tries: Gibson 2, Massey, Robson Goals: Gale 3

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Andrew Riley is a former soldier who is currently studying journalism at the University of Salford. He is originally from Hull, where he grew to love rugby league by following Hull KR. When not writing for SalfordOnline.com or studying, he covers the Armed Forces rugby league for a number of outlets.