Full time from the Select Security Stadium, 19:30 Kick-off
Widnes Vikings U19’s - 16
Tries: Bond, Ashall, Houghton
Goals: Chamberlain 2/3
Wigan Warriors U19’s - 24****
Tries: Fell, Bretherton, Forsyth, Shorrocks, Ganson
Goals: Shorrocks 2/5
Wigan Warriors Academy went four points clear at the top of the under 19’s table after running out 16-24 winners over Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium. The Cherry and Whites ran in five tries from Gabriel Fell, Joe Bretherton, Liam Forsyth, Jake Shorrocks and Josh Ganson to cement their place at the top of the standings.
Under 19’s Head Coach Matty Peet made three changes to his starting line up from last week’s brutal battle at Leeds, with Liam Paisley, Liam Marshall and Jack Wells all coming in to replace Nick Gregson, Tom Davies and Jack Higginson.
Wigan got off to a great start as a penalty gave them good territory and the Warriors put the ball through the hands to send Gabriel Fell over for the four pointer, captain Shorrocks’ could not kick the difficult conversion so it stayed 0-4 to the visitors with only three minutes on the clock.
It got even better just minutes later as the Wigan forwards powered up field to gain good field position, and Joe Bretherton barged his way over to score from close range. Shorrocks’ added the extras to make it a fantastic early 0-10 lead for the Cherry and Whites.
It seemed like one way traffic for the away side but Widnes tried to fight back with a full set near the Wigan try line, but like last week against Leeds, the Warriors produced great defence to prevent a Vikings score and keep their ten point lead. The home side were deep in Wigan’s half once again with around a quarter of the game gone after a 40/20 kick, but the Warriors kept them out once again forcing a knock on through some ferocious tackling.
The Cherry and Whites thought they were rewarded for their brilliant defensive efforts when they gained an overlap on the left hand side in the 26th minute, but Liam Paisley could not hold onto the ball with the try line at his mercy, a let off for the Vikings.
The match then became a little scrappy with both sides battling up front so the next ten minutes were scoreless.
With half time seconds away, the Warriors did extend their lead as Liam Forsyth weaved his way through the Vikings defence to reach out and ground the ball on the try line, Shorrocks’ was unsuccessful with another tough conversion, but it was still a dominant 0-14 interval score to the away side.
HALF TIME: Widnes Vikings U19’s 0 Wigan Warriors U19’s 14
Wigan were camped near the Widnes try line just after half time as it looked like more points were coming for Matty Peet’s side, but the home side held out. However the visitors were in on 47 minutes as Jake Shorrocks’ showed his class with ball in hand, as he dummied to break through the Widnes defence and rounded the full back to score in the corner. The skipper could not convert another hard kick from the touch line, so it stayed at 0-18 to Wigan.
The hosts hit back with Jack Bond racing in to touch down, but the conversion was unsuccessful to keep it at 4-18. This gave the Vikings some hope of mounting a comeback and Olly Ashall patted down a loose ball in the in-goal area to further this momentum and get another four points for Widnes, Ed Chamberlain added the extras to make it 10-18 with around 25 minutes left.
This revival was halted by the Warriors minutes later as Josh Ganson showed his power by barging through three Vikings tacklers to score, Shorrocks’ kicked the additional two to make it 10-24.
The match was again becoming a little fragmented as defences were on top with both sides playing out their sets and swapping knock-ons along with penalties.
It seemed tiredness may be an issue for the teams with the frenetic pace of the first half, but as the game entered its last few minutes Jack Houghton posted another try for Widnes with Chamberlain converting to make it the final score of 16-24 to Wigan, another good win for Peet’s team.
Widnes Vikings U19’s: 1. Olly Ashall, 2. Ryan Ince, 3. Ed Chamberlain, 4. Matt Barrow, 5. Joe Lyons, 6. Brad Walker, 7. Connor Davies, 8. Jay Chapelhow, 9. Josh Houghton, 10. Sion Jones, 11. Jack Houghton, 12. Dale Rothwell, 13. Josh Jonson
Interchange: 14. Konnagh Hill, 15. Jack Bond, 16. Ted Chapelhow, 17. Connor Cutts
Wigan Warriors U19’s: 1. Gabriel Fell, 2. David Thompson, 3. Liam Paisley, 4. Liam Forsyth, 5. Liam Marshall, 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Lewis Heckford, 8. Joe Bretherton, 18. Josh Ganson, 10. Kieron Sherratt, 11. Jack Wells, 12. Macauley Davis, 13. Kyle Shelford
Interchange: 9. Craig Mullen, 20. Max Dudley, 16. Callum Field, 17. Brad Lawrence