Leigh (A), The Qualifiers, Leigh Sports Village, Sunday, 3pm
Saturday, August 31, 1963 WITH strong words from manager Joe Egan no doubt still ringing in their ears after a shocking home defeat to Hull in midweek, Widnes bounced back with an emphatic 27-5 win against Hunslet at Naughton Park.
The win was based on a strong first half in which they built a 19-5 lead before falling away after the break.
The Chemics again owed much to the efforts of hooker George Kemel and a hat-trick of tries from Bobby Chisnall.
Tries from Frank Myler and Jim Measures along with a brace of goals from Bob Randall completed the first half scoring before a dour second period saw tries from Alan Briers and Measures and a further goal from Randall. ● WIDNES VIKINGS: On This Day is available now at £9.99 from the Vikings Superstore.
WIDNES half-back Danny Craven is hoping Leigh Sports Village will once again prove a happy hunting ground when the Vikings play the Centurions on Sunday.
Back in April, Craven was in superb form as he crossed for a hat-trick of tries as Widnes took the spoils 37-24.
After a spell on the sidelines with injury, the 25 year-old is now forming an effective half-back partnership with club co-captain Joe Mellor.
And he can see no reason why the Vikings can’t secure two valuable points in The Qualifiers this weekend.
He said: “I think the playing surface at Leigh is probably one of the best in Super League.
“I’ve only played there a couple of times but I’ve enjoyed it, especially the last time when I scored a hat-trick.
“But it’s a tough place to go because the fans are right on you when you get down their end of the field.
“We’ve got two wins over them this season, so we’ll be looking to make it three and this is the main one we need to win.
“Playing alongside Joe in the last three games has probably helped our attack a little bit. Other players have been playing well outside of us too, so it’s all clicking into place at the right time.
“You can get combinations going with other players which obviously helps the fluency of the team.
“You get to a point where you instinctively know what each other is going to do without having to think about it.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries at key parts of the season and we weren’t too far off in some of those games we lost. Getting a bit of consistency in the team selection can work wonders.”
After losing at home to Hull Kingston Rovers in Round 2 of The Qualifiers, Leigh got back to winning ways last time out with 30-6 win at Catalans Dragons.
That victory put them level on points with the Vikings and the winners on Sunday will instantly become one of the favourites for an all-important finish in the top three of the mini division.
Craven is certainly well aware of the quality at the Centurions’ disposal.
He added: “They’ve got some really good individual players like Glenn Stewart in their side.
“They’ve signed Samisoni Langi and Daniel Mortimer for The Qualifiers, which has helped ● them out a lot.
“Corey Paterson’s playing well, too, so they’ve got strike all over the field.
“Catalans were a bit off when they played them but Leigh played really well in that match and got their game-plan just right.
“They’re a difficult team to play against but if we perform the way we know we can, we can get the win.” ● Tickets for the game at Leigh can be bought from the Vikings Superstore located within Tesco Extra, Widnes, or by calling the ticket line on 0151-495 2250.
Danny Craven was in fine form in the last win over Leigh – Widnes will be looking for a repeat