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Salford overcame some fierce resistance from National League Two part-timers Dewsbury to march into the last 16 of the Powergen Challenge Cup by 32-4.
The Reds, who are flying high in the engage Super League after winning five out of their opening seven matches, led 16-0 at the interval.
Salford opened the scoring when ex-Wigan star David Hodgson crossed out wide to notch his fifth try of the season following a knock-on from Reds old boy Darren Rogers.
Salford extended their lead on 29 minutes after clever handling from half-backs Luke Robinson and John Wilshere ? deputising for the absent Andrew Dunemann ? to send Andy Coley charging over to open up a 10-0 lead.
Moments later Hodgson scored a fine solo try after picking up a loose ball inside his own half before weaving in and out of the Dewsbury defence to complete his brace.
But National League Two promotion favourites Dewsbury ? without the injured Kevin Crowthers, who dislocated his shoulder at Doncaster last week ? fought back in the second half.
Ex-Salford player Bryn Powell crossed in the corner to narrow the gap but any hopes of a Rams upset though were dashed as Mitch Stringer, on his first appearance this season, stepped out of some weak tackling to score.
In the final 10 minutes Salford ran riot and bagged further tries through Simon Finnigan and Kevin McGuinness, on his return after a serious knee injury, as Dewsbury?s resistance crumbled.
Salford (16) 32
Tries: Finnigan, Hodgson 2, Coley, McGuinness, Stringer
Goals: Wilshere 4
Dewsbury (0) 4
Goals 2 Powell
Salford: Fitzpatrick, Hodgson, Moule, Littler, Langi, Wilshere, Robinson, Baldwin, Alker, Highton, Coley, Brocklehurst, Finnigan.
Replacements: Myler, Clayton, Stringer, McGuinness.
Dewsbury: Tillotson, Rogers, Mack, Maun, Powell, F. Maloney, Finn, Watene, Greenwood, D. Maloney, Kelly, W. Jowitt, M. Walker.
Replacements: Chapman, Bretherton, Harvey, Southwell.
Referee: G Hewer (Wakefield)