Newcastle 12-6 Widnes: Thunder claim close win over Vikings on Monday night rugby league

Josh McAllister

Newcastle Thunder claimed their fourth win of the season with a 12-6 victory over Widnes at Kingston Park.

Wigan’s Abbas Miski was named on the wing for Newcastle. Captain Josh Wood missed out through injury, replaced by Jesse Dee in the halves.

There were four changes for Widnes from their defeat to York in round six. New loan recruits Danny Addy and Jack Wells both started, having joined from Salford. 

It was Dee who assisted the first try 18 minutes into the clash. Wigan youngster Sam Halsall continues his fine scoring form with Thunder and finished superbly in the corner for a 4-0 lead. 

Eribe Doro received a yellow card on 24 minutes. However, Thunder failed to use their man advantage. Both sides struggled with their execution in the first 40 which saw just one try leading into the break.

HT: Newcastle 4-0 Widnes 

Winger Gideon Boafo crossed just three minutes into the second half to extend his side’s lead to 10-0. Jake Shorrocks converting his first of the night.

Widnes centre Jake Spedding was assisted from the field on 54 minutes with an injury.

Adam Lawton responded 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 converting for a 10-6 score. Dee left the field following the try through injury.

However, that was as good as it got for Widnes. Shorrocks converted a penalty with five minutes left to extend the lead to six points and that was enough to claim the two league points for Newcastle Thunder.

FT: Newcastle 12-6 Widnes

Newcastle: Mullen, Boafo, Nokes, Halsall, Miski, Shorrocks, Dee, Chapelhow, Eaves, Clark, Gallagher, Nicholson, Hallas.

Subs: Peachey, Bailey, Wilde, O’Neill.

Tries: Halsall, 

Goals: Shorrocks 2/3

Widnes: Owens, Fleming, Tyrer, Spedding, Ince, Lyons, Smith, Farnworth, Fozard, Baker, Wilde, Davies, Addy. 

Subs: Roby, Lawton, Doro, Wells. 

Tries: Lawton

Goals: Tyrer 1/1

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