Widnes draw late com­fort

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Widnes FC 1 New­cas­tle Town 1 BEN HOD­KIN­SON net­ted seven min­utes from time as Widnes FC earned a point in a 1-1 at home to New­cas­tle Town af­ter be­ing re­duced to 10 men.

Widnes had to en­dure 88 min­utes of Mon­day evening’s en­counter with a nu­mer­i­cal dis­ad­van­tage as Ben Cartwright was red­carded just 90 sec­onds into the game as he was ad­judged to be last man by ref­eree Adam Brown af­ter foul­ing Town for­ward Chris Smith. ●

Joint man­agers Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey made five changes to the side beaten at Droylsden on Satur­day.

Ryan Neild made his de­but in goal, re­plac­ing Richie Mot­tram who missed only his sec­ond game for Widnes in 61 matches.

Else­where, the Whites were boosted by the re­turn of Michael Gro­gan from a four-game ban while Conor Ready made his de­but af­ter sign­ing from Ma­rine.

Cartwright and Dale Korie-But­ler earned re­calls while Mike Burke was only fit enough to make the bench.

Af­ter Cartwright’s send­ing-off, Michael Con­lon put New­cas­tle ahead on the 26-minute mark.

How­ever, Widnes showed plenty of en­deav­our and de­sire to re­strict the vis­i­tors to only a hand­ful of goalscor­ing chances.

It looked as though Widnes would fall to a third straight de­feat in all com­pe­ti­tions, when Hod­kin­son net­ted a su­perb fin­ish late on to level the score­line to en­sure that the Whites picked up a valu­able Evo-Stik Divi­sion One West point.

Ben Hod­kin­son

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