By Christopher Stott
UCLan ran in a staggering 15 tries in their 82-0 victory over Salford to give their title hopes a real lift.
UCLan went into the game two points behind Salford in the table, courtesy of the away side playing a game more, but it took them just six minutes to open the scoring through Matt Fishwick. Jake Melling added a second five minutes later with Rob Marsh adding a further conversion to lay down the marker for UCLan’s upcoming dominance.
A rampant 10 minute spell saw UCLan add a further three tries through Jake Ellis’ 60 metre effort, Dan Helme’s jinking run and Captain for the day Aaron Hall who rounded off a brilliant move on the right hand side.
Joe Frobisher completed the first half scoring after he was put in by Alex Bates who had made a fantastic 40 metre break. Rob Marsh took his tally of goals up to five to give the hosts a 34-0 half time lead.
UCLan started the second half as they ended the first, with Alex Bates this time finishing after good work from Cameron Ladd on the right edge. Hall charged over for his second of the afternoon before Ladd took the score past 50 after another break from deep.
Prop Forward Hall claimed his Hat-trick score before the hour as he stretched over from close range before a devastating 10 minute spell saw UCLan bag 5 tries. Melling scored a terrific try before Gilpin added two in back to back sets. Lewis Heaton scored under the posts before Jake Ellis crossed for his second. Rob Marsh added his twelfth goal of the game to complete the rout.
UCLan have now scored over 200 points in their five league fixtures and go into their Cup Semi-Final in the best possible form.