Wirral second best to strong Widnes side
Widnes's strong pack and big ball runners prove to much for injury ridden Wirral
Wirral Junior Colts travelled to Widnes in their first away trip of the season, looking to add to their win last week against Trentham. Wirral backline had been further depleated after Dan Taylor and Cameron Mercer were both injured. This meant Will Morris stepping in at fly half and second row, George McCann moving into inside centre. The forward pack remained much the same as last week, however there was a first start for Tommy Wainwright at Prop.
Wirral started the game well and after a penalty kick found themselves deep inside the Widnes 22, however a lost lineout saw Widnes clear their lines. From here, Widnes began to find their rhythm, and it was clear that they were going to use their strong forward pack, as well as strong ball carriers in the backs to drive their way up the pitch. Wirral's defence held firm, but were finding it increasingly difficult to regain possesion, and eventually a break from one of the Widnes centres saw play brought up into the Wirral 22, where Widnes kept their patience to eventually score out wide.
Widnes continued to use one out runners to tire the Wirral defence, however clever kicking from Tom Akehurst and Will Morris gave the away side some territory, and eventually Wirral were awarded a penalty in kicking range which was duly converted by Tom Akehurst. (7-3) Widnes added another try, but Wirral scored a try of their own before half time through a nice bit of play which resulted in Max Smith crossing the whitewash.
The second half saw Wirral come into the game more, but Widnes added to their lead with another well worked try when Wirral failed to clear their lines. At this point, Wirral could well have folded and allowed Widnes to take complete control, but credit to the lads, they stuck at it and believed in their ball retention to make their way up the pitch to score under the posts through Matty Bracken to decrease the deficit to 2 points.
Wirral continued to put pressure on the Widnes defence, however smart kicking from the Widnes Fly Half made it difficult for Wirral to play anywhere in the Widnes half. With about 5 minutes to go the Widnes fly half put a crossfield kick into the corner where the bounce fell kindly to the Widnes winger who scored in the corner to all but secure the game. Minutes later the full time whistle blew where the score finished 22-15 to Widnes.
Although numerous injuries did not help Wirral throughout this match, Widnes deserved the win after a strong performance. Wirral take away a losing bonus point from the game and will try to get back to winning ways next week against a Bowden side, whom narrowly beat them in the Semi-Final of the Cheshire Cup last season. Kick off is at 12.30pm and any support is always appreciated.