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27th March 1988: Wigan 28 Widnes 2
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 22 2013 - 01:27

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Sunday 27th March 1988

Wigan 28 Widnes 2
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 23 of 26
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    
2.  Tony Iro  T   
3.  Kevin Iro    
4.  Dean Bell    
5.  Joe Lydon  T2   G4 
6.  Ged Byrne    
7.  Andy Gregory  T   
8.  Ian Lucas    
9.  Nicky Kiss    
10.  Adrian Shelford    
11.  Andy Goodway  T   
12.  Ian Potter    
13.  Ellery Hanley    
 
Sub.  Ian Gildart    
Sub.  Ged Stazicker    

Widnes 

1. Duncan Platt, 2. Rick Thackray, 3. Andy Currier, 4. Darren Wright, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Barry Dowd, 7. David Hulme, 8. Derek Pyke, 9. Phil McKenzie, 10. Mike O'Neill, 11. Kurt Sorensen, 12. Paul Hulme, 13. Richie Eyres. Sub: Steve O'Neill.

Tries: (None)
Goals: Duncan Platt 1

Summary: 

Had Wigan beaten Warrington (lost by 4), Hull (lost to last minute try) and Hull KR (lost by 8) they would have been four points behind Widnes heading into this game and with two games still in hand . That would have been huge excitement with title chances massively on the line. Instead Wigan kicked this off ten points behind Widnes and they had no hope catching them. It was perhaps a frustrating afternoon because Wigan totally dominated Widnes but many perhaps would have left Central Park wondering where this form had been in the previous three games.

A good solo run from Andy Gregory opened the scoring before Andy Goodway steamed under the posts for a second try. Joe Lydon had kicked three goals with only Duncan Platt replying with a penalty in a 14-2 half time score. Widnes hopes extinguished when a wild offload by Andy Currier went to ground and Joe Lydon scooped up to score. Lydon would claim a second try before Tony Iro scored to wrap up a 28-2 success. The result had done a massive favour to St Helens title hopes as well but Wigan would be meeting them in their next match.

Half Time:  

Wigan 14 Widnes 2

Attendance:  

14,236

Referee:   Paul Volante (Batley)
Note:  

Match Previously Postponed on Sunday 11th October 1987 (3:15pm) due to Wigan playing in Lancashire Cup Final

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Widnes - Played - 23 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 34
2nd Place:l St Helens - Played - 21 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 32
3rd Place:l Warrington - Played - 23 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 30
4th Place:l Bradford - Played - 22 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 30
5th Place:l Leeds - Played - 20 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 3 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 27
6th Place:l Wigan - Played - 21 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 26

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