Super League: Gareth Hock kicks conversion against future club
Last Updated: 06/09/13 11:39pm
Widnes produced a blistering second-half performance to see off Salford 24-4 and leave the City Reds in danger of finishing with the wooden spoon.
Patrick Ah Van scored two tries as the Vikings - who included Gareth Hock in their side against his future employers - ran in 24 unanswered points after the interval.
Salford had led 4-0 at the halfway stage thanks to a try from Mark Sneyd and could have been further ahead had things gone their way.
Darrell Griffin almost powered over after Lloyd White lost possession but the hosts, who will be changing their name to the Red Devils next season, struggled to break down a committed defence.
They eventually went in front five minutes before half time when Jodie Broughton, one of a number of Salford players turning out for the club for the last time, hacked on Ryan McGoldrick's kick for Sneyd to score.
Rhys Hanbury did touch down for Widnes but the try was disallowed by referee Tim Roby for a knock-on in the build-up, while Ah Van wasted a glorious chance when he fumbled a kick close to the line.
However the Vikings simply ran riot after the interval, starting with Hanbury dancing his way through a static defence for a try that Jack Owens converted.
A kick by the excellent Kevin Brown brought an error from Danny Williams to gift winger Ah Van his first of the night after 65 minutes, with Owens landing the goal to make it 12-4.
Joe Mellor then touched down for a controversial effort before Ah Van exposed Salford's defensive frailties to complete his brace in the last minute - Owens stepping aside to allow Hock, who had been due to join Parramatta Eels next year before opting instead to stay in Super League - to boot the conversion.
It was a disappointing end to a see-saw season for Salford, who this week confirmed 12 new signings as they look to make an impact on the other end of the table in 2014.
Brian Noble's troops could yet finish on the bottom of the table if current basement dwellers London Broncos win on the road at Hull KR on Sunday.
First Utility Super League
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round 27
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A last-minute Liam Kay try earned Wakefield a 36-32 victory over Castleford in a last-day derby classic at Belle Vue.
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