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21st February 1988: Widnes 12 Wigan 16
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 22 2013 - 00:43
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Widnes 12 Wigan 16 - Sunday 21st February 1988
Venue: Naughton Park, Widnes
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Tony Iro, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Ged Byrne, 5. Richard Russell, 6. Shaun Edwards, 7. Andy Gregory
WiganlForwards:l 8. Brian Case, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Adrian Shelford, 11. Graeme West, 12. Ian Potter, 13. Andy Goodway
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Shaun Wane, 15. Ian Lucas


Nicky Kiss, Kevin Iro, Andy Goodway

WiganlGoals:l Richard Russell 2

WidneslBacks:l 1. John Myler, 2. Rick Thackray, 3. Andy Currier, 4. Ralph Linton, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. David Hulme, 7. Andy Sullivan
WidneslForwards:l 8. Derek Pyke, 9. Phil McKenzie, 10. Steve O'Neill, 11. Kurt Sorensen, 12. Paul Hulme, 13. Richie Eyres
WidneslSubslUsed:l 14. Mike O'Neill, 15. Joe Grima


Phil McKenzie, Joe Grima

WidneslGoals:l John Myler 2

The cup draw had drawn together Wigan and Widnes to meet at Central Park the following Saturday after this league game but the headlines continued to be more about Ellery Hanley's absence from the Wigan side. Hanley had been dropped the previous weekend for disciplinary reasons by coach Graeme Lowe and he had been offering his side of the story to the newspaper with the highest bid. Hanley maintained he was "baffled and saddened" by the decision to drop him but Lowe obviously didn't drop Hanley, 90 tries in 63 games since joining Wigan, lightly. Hanley had reported for training on the Tuesday before this game but on the Friday he was transfer listed by the club for a fee of £225,000.

So all that off the field drama made this an even bigger task for Wigan at Widnes. The situation was pretty simple though. Wigan needed to win this match to retain hopes of keeping their title because Widnes began 10 points clear of Wigan, albeit having played three games more. It was a tight opening to the game with Widnes opening the scoring with a 17th Minute penalty goal from John Myler. Wigan though responded on the half hour with Nicky Kiss fighting his way over from close range. Richard Russell converted for 6-2 but five minutes later, Andy Currier sent Phil McKenzie in and that levelled the scores at 6-6 into half time.

Wigan quickly regained the lead second half with a great run and finish by Kevin Iro making it 12-6 but Widnes soon responded themselves with Kurt Sorensen and David Hulme combining to send Joe Grima over for 12-12. That was within seven minutes and on 55 minutes Wigan went ahead for the third time with a gift try to Andy Goodway. Near his own try line, Martin Offiah had slipped trying to return the ball and from his play the ball, Myler knocked on sloppily and Goodway had a simple pick up and run over the line. Conversion was missed but the 16-12 score was seen out for all of the last 25 minutes.

Half Time:l

Widnes 6 Wigan 6




Ken Spencer (Warrington)

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Widnes - Played - 19 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 30
2nd Place:l Bradford - Played - 19 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 24
3rd Place:l Leeds - Played - 16 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 3 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 23
4th Place:l St Helens - Played - 16 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 22
5th Place:l Wigan - Played - 16 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 22

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