BRADFORD Salem grabbed an impressive 32-29 win at Pontefract to move up into seventh in Yorkshire One.

The hosts broke blind from an early scrum 30 metres out, and a kick and chase created a try in the right corner. Full back Liam Kaye landed a superb conversion to put his side 7-0 up.

Salem levelled matters within two minutes when they scored in almost identical fashion. This time Rhys Green won the chase to the ball for a try, which fly-half Matt Booth improved for 7-7.

Pontefract prop Josh Hough was sin-binned for a high shot, but some poor defending by Salem allowed centre Andy Coleman to burst through and give the 14-man home side a 12-7 lead.

Salem hit straight back, as 18-year-old flanker Morgan Mirzaali drove over from a catch and drive to bring the scores level once again.

The visitors took the lead when Booth broke downfield before sending scrum half Harley Robertshaw scampering through for a try.

Winger Jake Green kicked a penalty to make it 20-12 but Ponte responded quickly, as fast hands produced a try wide on the left, reducing the deficit to 20-17 at the break.

Salem immediately made a mess of the kick-off reception and they went behind 22-20 when some great off-loading by Pontefract led to a try in the left corner.

Things got worse for Salem when Dan Scarbrough, who had come on as a replacement, received a yellow card for a shoulder charge.

Game-ending injuries to props Pete Tennet and Tim Makaafi meant Salem went down to 14 men due to the scrums having to go uncontested. But the visitors retook the lead when Rhys Green turned over possession and crossed for his second.

Jake Green converted that before a great finish of his own looked to have put the game in the bag at 32-22.

But an altercation saw the try-scorer and a Ponte player sent to the sin-bin.

Salem were then forced to reshuffle their back line as Scarbrough left the field with a neck injury, and the hosts took advantage when they scored from a quick tap penalty to make it 32-29.

Salem had to play the final two minutes with 13 men as replacement flanker Ben Markey received a yellow card for going in at the side.

With a two-man advantage, Pontefract threw everything at Salem. But the visitors somehow managed to force a turnover as they clung on for victory.