SALE FC Rugby put in a magnificent display on Saturday to deal a devastating blow to National League One leaders Richmond at Heywood Road, coming from behind to record a remarkable 8-7 victory.

A superb effort from the home side saw all 20 players put in a disciplined performance and despite the narrow scoreline, the Dogs were well worth their victory, dominating both possession and territory.

In fact, Richmond were on the back foot from the very start with former Samoa rugby league international Patrick Ah Van coming close but the final pass was forward.

The away side wouldn’t be lucky for a second time.

After 14 minutes, following phase-after-phase, some quick hands from Chris Johnson and Tom Brady gave Jeremy To’a the chance to blast over the whitewash in the corner.

Fly-half Chris Johnson was unexpectedly off target with his conversion attempt, which allowed the away side to get in front.

Against the run of play, a lightning-quick break finished off by winger Toby Eaton, with Robert Kirby kicking the extras, making it 7-5 to Richmond at half time.

After 47 minutes, Johnson slotted a penalty to put the hosts back in front with what proved to be the final points of the game.

The biggest influence on the game was openside Teddy Leatherbarrow, who won crucial turnovers to kill the league leaders’ momentum at every turn.

Sale FC next travel to Hull Ionians on Saturday.