Widnes labour to Featherstone win


Widnes Vikings worked hard to get the win in their 1895 Cup Second Round match against Featherstone Rovers on Wednesday night

It was a good start for the home side as they worked the ball well to get it out wide to Jayden Hatton, who scored in the corner. Jack Owens scored the conversion to make it 6-0 with just four minutes gone.

The Vikings got their second try just 10 minutes later as Joe Lyons managed to show good feet to evade the defence and get over. Owens missed the conversion this time, but the Vikings had hit double figures.

It took just another five minutes for Widnes to grab another try as Hatton grabbed his second, after just staying in the field of play. Owens scored the conversion to bring the Vikings 16 points ahead.

Slowly but surely, Rovers ground their way back into the game and got their reward on the brink of half time as Jack Ormandroyd got over from short range. Morgan Punchard converted to bring the Rovers back to within 10 points at half time.

It took a while to find another score but it went to the Vikings 11 minutes into the second half as Hatton completed his hat trick. He picked the ball up out wide before recovering brilliantly to ground the ball. Owens scored the conversion as the Vikings went 16 points in front again.

With 15 minutes to go, Rovers then got another try to potentially make it interesting as Conor Carey got in out wide. Punchard missed the conversion, meaning Rovers were two converted tries behind.

The game got quite messy but Rovers took advantage and grabbed another try right at the end to give them the last word. Punchard was the player who got in,v showing good feet. He then scored the conversion but the full time siren had already gone and Rovers had lost by six.

Widnes are now in the quarter finals of the inaugural 1895 Cup. They welcome Barrow Raiders to the Select Security Stadium on Sunday.

As for Rovers, they can now focus on the battle for the playoffs in the Championship. They travel to one of their rivals in the playoff race Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.


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