FAYE Gaskin was the hero for Saints Women as her late penalty earned an opening-day victory over rivals Wigan Warriors in the Women’s Super League.

With the final play of the game, Gaskin slotted over a long-range goal to secure a 6-4 victory against the defending champions.

Saints were on the back foot at the start of the game and fell behind when Gemma Walsh kicked to the corner for Alison Burrows to collect and touch down.

However, the visitors responded midway through the first half by creating an overlap for Leah Burke to cross.

Both sides had chances to post more points, but the score remained 4-4 until Gaskin’s late intervention.

Meanwhile, Saints’ under 19s kept up the pressure at the top of the Super League Academy table with a seven-try defeat of their Wakefield Trinity counterparts.

Josh Simm had a mixed afternoon as he scored two tries before being sent off, but his teammates were still able to complete a 40-14 victory.

Jumah Sambou had opened the scoring early before Simm’s double, but the two-try man was then red-carded before the break to leave Saints to complete the game with 12 men.

Matty Foster scored four minutes before the interval to give Saints a 20-6 half-time lead.

In the second half, Saints resisted any attempted Trinity comeback as Kye Siyani crossed before Ryan Horne and John Hutchings sealed the win late on.

Lewis Dodd also added six goals as Saints made it five wins out of five to sit joint-top of the table alongside Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors.

Their next game sees them host City of Hull Academy tomorrow, Friday, kick off 5.15pm