Vikings Give Price A Baptism Of Fire


It wasn't the start that Steve Price would've hoped for, especially after selecting such a strong squad for the match up, new signings; Johnson, Brown and Goodwin all featuring.

It would take the Vikings less than 10 minutes to crack the Wolves defensive line, Warrington giving a penalty away just ten metres out, Ashall would be the man to open the scoring, with Gilmore converting.

Warrington veteran, Ben Westwood, would find himself in the sin bin after some using a very questionable fend technique, it would take the Vikings just 2 minutes to find the gap that Westwood would leave. Ashall again the scorer and Gilmore adding the extras.

If Ashall wasn't scoring tries, he was making them, his initial line break would set Marsh away to score out to the left wing, Gilmore unable to make the conversion.

With two minutes to go until the break, Gilmore would kick wide for Buckley,  who would out jump his opposition and ground the ball, Gilmore missing the conversion, sending the Vikings into the break 20 points to nil up.

Steve Price would have read his men the riot act during the break, it didn't seem to have the desired effect, as 4 minutes into the half, Brand would be the latest Widnes player on the scoreboard, Gilmore converting to give the Vikings a 26 point lead.

Warrington would finally get their reward for some good attacking play, Jack Johnson, crossing from five metres out on the hour mark, with Harvey Livett converting.

The Wolves appeared to be mounting a late challenge, Toby King the fastest to react to a loose ball from a kick, Livett unable to convert, leaving the score at 26-10 with 13 minutes to play.

Toby King would then double his tally for the day three minutes later, getting on the outside of his man from a scrum 10 metres out, Livett slotting the kick to set the game up for a thrilling closing 10 minutes.

Moran would manage to use his strength to get him over the line with two minutes on the clock, Patton converting to bring the margin to just 4 points.

It would be too little too late for the Wolves, the game finishing 26-22 to the Vikings.

Wolves squad: Mitch Brown, Mike Cooper, Bryson Goodwin, Jack Johnson, Luis Johnson, George King, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Pat Moran, Dec Patton, Joe Philbin, Joe Pilling, Brad Pinder, Taylor Prell, Ellis Robson, Matty Russell, Morgan Smith, Ben Westwood.

Vikings squad: Olly Ashall, Keanan Brand, Owen Buckley, Greg Burke, Ed Chamberlain, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Chris Dean, Owen Farnworth, Sam Freeman, Tom Gilmore, Jordan Johnstone, Joe Lyons, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Dan Norman, Tom Olbison, Lloyd Roby, Brad Walker, Danny Walker, Matt Whitley, Sam Wilde

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