Sharks tried to make inroads into the Falcons defence but a couple of good moves broke down with knock ons. Falcons levelled the scores on 20 mins with a well struck Godman penalty from 40 metres out.
Macleod restored Sharks lead on 25 minutes with his second penalty after Falcons dragged down the rolling maul.
Referee J P Doyle became tired of Falcons infringing and shortly after the penalty sent Dom Barrow to the sin bin. Sharks kicked for touch, won the line out and skipper Dan Braid crashed over for a try. Macleod failed with the conversion attempt but Sharks led 11-3.
Falcons hit back and reduced the arrears when fly half Godman kicked a 25 metre penalty 11-6. Dom Barrow returned to the field and helped Falcons win another penalty which Godman kicked to bring the visitors right back into the game at 11-9.
Half Time Sale Sharks 11 Newcastle Falcons 9
Seven minutes after the restart Falcons took the lead for the first time with a Godman penalty 11-12. This was the first time Sahrks had been behind this season.
Nick Macleod had a chance to put Sharks back into the lead on 53 minutes but his kick drifted wide. He did however restore Sale's lead on 58 minutes with a well struck penalty 14-12.
Penalties were exchanged in a game that was becoming a penalty fest and on Rory Clegg put the visitors back in front with a long distance penalty 14-15
Sale Sharks tried in vain to get regain their lead but the Falcons defence was like a brick wall and the Sharks couldn't find a way through.
Final Score Sale Sharks 14 Newcastle 15
Team Tom Arscott, Phil Mackenzie (off 55mins), Mark Cueto, Andy Forsyth, Tom Brady, Nick Macleod, Dwayne Peel (off 71mins). Eifion Lewis Roberts (off 61mins), Marc Jones (off 54mins), Henry Thomas (off 68mins), Johnathan Mills, Michael Paterson, Dan Braid Captain, David Seymour, James Gaskell
Replacements Tommy Taylor (on for Jones 54mins), Ross Harrison (on for Lewis-Roberts 61mins), Vadim Cobilas (on for Thomas 68mins), Kirill Kulemin, Josh Beaumont, Will Cliff (on for Peel 71mins), Joe Ford, Rob Miller (on for Mackenzie 55mins)
Scoring sequence (Sharks first): 3-0, 3-3, 6-3, 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (Half Time) 11-12, 14-12, 14-15 (Full Time)
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