AFTER struggling for a team due to work commitments, Halton inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Greater Manchester side.
Travelling with the bare minimum, Halton started the game well and for most of the first-half they were camped in Sale territory.
They were awarded a number of penalties which they elected to run.
But excellent defence by Sale kept Halton at bay.
As the game was approaching half-time, Sale managed to get into Halton's half and were awarded a penalty which they converted for a 3-0 lead they held until half-time.
The second-half started badly with Sale scoring a converted try to give them a 10-0 lead.
Both sides tried to play open rugby but defence was the order of the day with some tremendous tackling.
The comeback started with a well-won lineout and good work in the loose by the forwards.
This gave a platform for some fine handling by the backs which saw the HSP man-of-the-match Ste Curphey score a well-worked try.
From the kick-off, Halton continued to attack but Sale's defence held well.
It took a piece of special individualism by Ste Curphey to win the game. He had good vision to see the Sale full-back out of position.
He chipped the defensive line from 30 metres out, gathered his own kick and scored just right of the posts.
This was converted by Mellor making it 12-10 to Halton.
The last 10 minutes of the game saw Sale pile on the pressure but Halton held on.
Coach Sefton was delighted with his players' hard work and effort.
Halton are at home this Saturday to St Edward's OB (ko 2.30pm, meet 1pm).