BRADFORD Salem earned a fine 44-13 home win over Selby to go ninth in Yorkshire One.

The visitors went 3-0 ahead courtesy of a penalty after Salem were penalised at a ruck.

But after home flankers Tim Makaafi and Nick Fontaine had both gone close, skipper Baines forced his way over for a try, with fly-half Matt Booth’s conversion making it 7-3.

Selby closed the gap to a single point with a penalty after centre Glenn Morrison was penalised for a high shot.

However, Salem hit back with a try for Makaafi. Booth landed the conversion off the upright to put his side eight in front.

Selby were reduced to 14 men when centre James Robinson was yellow carded for a late challenge and Baines joined him in the bin shortly after for a clumsy high tackle.

Things got worse for Salem when referee Tim Lynch lost patience with Rhys Green and sent him to the bin as well.

Under pressure, Salem conceded six consecutive penalties on their own try line, but the inevitable score from the resulting scrums never came, as they somehow went into the break with a 14-6 advantage.

Incredibly, Salem scored six unanswered points with a two-man deficit just after half-time, as a pair of successful Booth penalties gave them a 20-6 lead.

Baines and Green returned to the fray and with the wind now in their favour, Salem began to turn the screw.

Sam Savage cut through to score and from the restart, Fontaine picked up a loose ball before racing 50 metres for a great individual effort, which was converted to make it 32-6.

Selby responded with a try from a quick tap penalty to close the gap, but the rest of the half belonged to Salem.

With 10 minutes remaining, Fontaine crossed for his second after stealing line-out ball and, in the final play, Green drove over from close range. Booth added the extras to seal an emphatic victory.