Leigh (A), The Qual­i­fiers, Leigh Sports Vil­lage, Sun­day, 3pm

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Danny Craving A Repeat Show In Key Qualifier -

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

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