Newcastle Thunder picked up their fourth win of the season with a 12-6 victory over Widnes at Kingston Park.
Wigan’s Abbas Miski has been named on the wing for Newcastle. Captain Josh Wood missed the game through injury, replaced by Jesse Dee in the halves.
There have been four changes for Widnes since losing to York in the sixth round. New loan signings Danny Addy and Jack Wells both started, having joined Salford.
It was Dee who assisted the first try 18 minutes into the clash. Wigan youngster Sam Halsall continued his fine goalscoring form with Thunder and finished superbly in the corner for a 4-0 lead.
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Eribe Doro received a yellow card in the 24th minute. However, Thunder didn’t use their human advantage. Both teams struggled with their execution in the top 40 which saw only one try leading into the break.
HT: Newcastle 4-0 Widnes
Winger Gideon Boafo came through just three minutes into the second half to extend his side’s lead to 10-0. Jake Shorrocks converts his first of the night.
Widnes center Jake Spedding was assisted from the pitch in the 54th minute through injury.
Adam Lawton answered for Widnes with 11 minutes left. The back rower crossed for his sixth try of the season so far thanks to a short pass from Addy. Ste Tyrer converts for a score of 10-6. Dee left the field after the injury trial.
However, it was as good as it gets for Widnes. Shorrocks converted a penalty with five minutes remaining to extend the lead to six points and that was enough to claim the two Championship points for Newcastle Thunder.
FT: Newcastle 12-6 Widnes
Newcastle: Mullen, Boafo, Nokes, Halsall, Miski, Shorrocks, Dee, Chapelhow, Eaves, Clark, Gallagher, Nicholson, Hallas.
submarines: Peachey, Bailey, Wilde, O’Neill.
Goals: Shorrocks 2/3
the wide ones: Owens, Fleming, Tyrer, Spedding, Ince, Lyons, Smith, Farnworth, Fozard, Baker, Wilde, Davies, Addy.
submarines: Roby, Lawton, Doro, Wells.
Goals: Tirer 1/1
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