With Hullensians being the last team to inflict defeat on Salem when they won 31-17 over at Springhead Lane in October, Bob Hood's side had a big incentive to exact revenge in the Counties One Yorkshire return fixture at Shay Lane on Saturday.

And Hullensians had clearly poked the Salem beast by beating them in East Yorkshire three and a half months ago, as the Bradford side dismantled their visitors 64-12 over the weekend.

Salem played at a quick tempo right from the off and they were on the score board after just two minutes when scrum half and man of the match Callum Smith cantered under the posts after good work from Danny Belcher and Josh Charnock.

Winger Jake Green landed the simple conversion for a 7-0 lead and when he improved a try by skipper Christian Baines minutes later, with the score 14-0 after only six minutes of play, things were already starting to look ominous for the visitors.

However, over-confidence from Salem lead to some basic errors and plucky Hullensians hit back when speedy winger Harrison Holmes got on the outside of opposite number Charnock to score a fine try, which fly-half George Cooke converted to cut the deficit to 14-7.

With 22 minutes gone, Salem got a third try when Smith's inside pass sent winger Logan Simpson scampering over the line, Green adding the extras to give the hosts a 21-7 lead.

Salem were now in the ascendancy and soon scored a fourth try to earn themselves a bonus point.

Following good line breaks by Smith and hooker James Brown, the ball was moved wide to Green, who, after diving over in the corner, also landed the touchline conversion.

Salem grabbed a fifth converted try just before the half-time whistle to ensure they held a very healthy advantage at the break.

To their credit, Hullensians did not capitulate and for the first 20 minutes of the second half, there was little to choose between the two sides.

In fact, when the visitors scored from a line-out, with the arrears now reduced to 35-12, they would have had some hope of staging a comeback.

Salem, however, had other ideas, as, moments later, second rower Dom Bailey crashed over the line for a rare try to put the home side 40-12 in front.

The rest of the game belonged to Salem as the rapidly tiring Hullensians side was now finding it increasingly difficult to contain the relentless pressure from their opponents.

With 15 minutes remaining, Green scored the try of the game when he broke free down the right flank before chipping over the full-back and regathering for a brilliant solo effort.

Salem went on to score three further tries in the final 10 minutes, one from Conor Wood and one from Fin Southcott, before Green finished things off.

The winger collected a clever kick by Smith to score an excellent try to complete his hat-trick.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jake Green was too hot for Hullensians to handle on Saturday.Jake Green was too hot for Hullensians to handle on Saturday. (Image: LDR Photography.)

Green then added the conversion for a personal haul of 29 points as Salem ran out emphatic 64-12 winners.

Salem could have gone top with victory, but instead Keighley maintained their narrow two-point advantage at the summit with an impressive 41-26 win at Beverley.

Rock-bottom Bradford & Bingley are improving rapidly and after beating Pocklington last time out, Saturday brought them a try bonus point in a 43-28 defeat to third-placed Wetherby.

Baildon’s hopes of promotion from Counties Two Yorkshire look to be fading, and they suffered a shock 22-20 home defeat to lowly Bramley Phoenix over the weekend.

Finally, up in Regional One North East, Cleckheaton are starting to move away from relegation trouble.

They are now eight points clear of the bottom two after an excellent home win on Saturday, which saw them beat title-chasing Driffield 25-23 at Moorend.