Newcastle fight back to earn point against Widnes

Newcastle fight back to earn point against Widnes

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Newcastle Thunder fought back from 30-16 down with 10 minutes to go to rescue a 30-30 draw against Widnes Vikings at Kingston Park.

The Thunder took the lead inside two minutes, as Kieran Gill broke through a challenge to score. Matty Wright missed the conversion, leaving their lead at four points.

On the 10 minute mark, Widnes hit back as Deon Cross took in a pass from Matty Smith and went over. Jack Owens scored the conversion to put Widnes into the lead.

Five minutes later, Widnes extended their lead as Matt Cook took in a short pass to score his first try for his new club. Owens kicked the conversion to stretch the Vikings’ lead to eight points.

Newcastle hit back at the end of the first quarter, as Sam Wilde was put through a gap to score against his old club. Wright converted to leave Thunder just two points behind.

Just four minutes later, Widnes stretched their lead as Cross went over for his second after being put through by Owens. Owens then missed the conversion.

Owens was able to stretch the lead further when Owens scored a penalty after Newcastle were punished for a high tackle on Smith.

Just past the half-hour, Newcastle struck again, as Ukuma Ta’ai reached out and scored. Wright scored the conversion to make it a two-point game again.

With five minutes left until the break, Widnes went further ahead, as Shane Grady collected a short ball to score. Owens scored the conversion.

Widnes hit the 30-point mark before the break, as Owens supported a good break from Cross to score. He then converted his own try.

Both sides were left a man light for the final 10 minutes, as Nathan Wilde and Eribe Doro were sent to the sin bin, after a coming together following a hard tackle on Doro.

Two minutes later, Newcastle got themselves back in the game after Connor Bailey took in a short side pass to score. Wright converted to leave just eight points in the contest with seven minutes to go.

With four minutes to go, Newcastle found a crucial try. Another former Viking Jack Johnson acrobatically finished in the corner to get his new club back in it. Wright missed the conversion.

Just a minute later, Newcastle levelled as Gill got past the defence to score his second try. Wright missed the chance to put Newcastle back in front.

With no golden point, both sides were left to settle for a point.

Widnes are back in action next week, as they travel to Salford Red Devils in the Challenge Cup. They then host Dewsbury Rams in their next Championship match.

As for Newcastle, they have a week off before travelling to Whitehaven.

Newcastle Thunder: Calum Turner, Jack Johnson, Matty Wright, Kieran Gill, Alex Clegg, Josh Woods, Jake Shorrocks, Nathan Wilde, Connor Apsey, Mikey Wood, Ukuma Ta’ai, Sam Wilde, Liam McAvoy.

Subs: Evan Simons, Ted Chapelhow, Jay Chapelhow, Connor Bailey.

Head Coach: Eamon O’Carroll.

Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens, Owen Buckley, Ste Tyrer, Jake Spedding, Deon Cross, Danny Craven, Matty Smith, Matt Cook, Lewis Else, Eribe Doro, Shane Grady, Adam Lawton, Paul Clough.

Subs: Joe Lyons, Lloyd Roby, Josh Wilde, Will Tilleke.

Head Coach: Simon Finnigan.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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