SPIRIT OF '55: Wolves enjoy the summer sun

Albert Naughton, the last Warrington captain to lift the Championship trophy in 1955

Albert Naughton, the last Warrington captain to lift the Championship trophy in 1955

First published in Sport Warrington Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports blogger

THE better the weather the more it suits Warrington, so Salford were probably among the very few people in England that didn't appreciate the bright blue skies and burning sun.

As is often the case when the wins keep coming, we tend not to notice which players are missing. Despite not having Wood, Waterhouse, Michael Monaghan or Myler in the 17 Wire still produced a solid if unspectacular performance.

Defence laid the platform, restricting the yardage made by Salford, the tries that were conceded came about when Salford had a short field to play in after a penalty or a handling error from Warrington.

After one such handling error, Salford scored the first try early on. It didn't take Warrington long to equalise, a good handling move created just enough space for Ormsby to squeeze over in the right hand corner.

Solid defence created the next try for Warrington, when Hill pounced on the ball after it had been dislodged in a tackle around the half way line, he set off towards the posts then sensibly passed to his left to allow Atkins to race away and score under the posts.

Next to score was Bridge with an ever more familiar looking try, angling across to the right with plenty of runners off him making the defence freeze just enough for Bridge to find his own way over.

Whether playing at centre or wing, Joel Monaghan is still an expert try scorer and he added yet another to his tally by forcing and twisting his way over from close range.

At half time Wire led 22-6 and a rout looked a distinct possibility, to be fair to Salford, although they never looked like winning it, they made it into a decent contest in the second half.

At one point they got close enough for Warrington to see the need to kick a penalty goal, to stretch the lead to eight.

Eventually though tries from Rhys Evans trampling over his opposite number in the left hand corner and in the last minute, when Currie pounced on a kick that seemed to bounce all around the in goal area, clinched the win.

This is the section of the season when Warrington tend to be at their best, as the wins mount up the gap to the leaders narrows and the sloppy start to the season becomes a less worrisome memory.

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