Widnes Vikings were made to work hard for the two points on Sunday afternoon, as they battled past Whitehaven RLFC.

A closely contested first half led the home side to dominate the second 40 before two late scores in the final three minutes.

Sheens made six changes after being beaten by Dewsbury Rams last week.

After 10 minutes the away side took the lead, Phillips’ kick was taken by Dowsett, who found Bulman, the winger raced in through the space created.

The Vikings responded 14 minutes later, even though the visitors maintained their threat through the attack. Three penalties in a row later, Chapelhow managed to reach for the line to score.

Whitehaven took the chance to level scores with a penalty.

Widnes headed back into the tunnel at the first half break leading 12-10.

The home sided responded positively in the beginning of the second half. Farnworth broke the line and drew the fullback, before providing the ball to Lyons who raced over to assist. Lyons secured a second seven minutes later. The Vikings eventually opened up a 14 point lead.

Back to back penalties gave the visiting side a chance to come back. However, from the restart Edge’s kick bounced out of play, pushing Haven into a goal-line drop-out. This allowed Cross to score his fifth try in as many games, thanks to a flick pass from Jake Spedding.

The final whistle blew and home side Widnes Vikings battled their way through a resilient Whitehaven side to win 40-16.

Picture by Steven Newton under CC License