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27th March 1988: Wigan 28 Widnes 2
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 22 2013 - 00:27
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Wigan 28 Widnes 2 - Sunday 27th March 1988
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Tony Iro, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Dean Bell, 5. Joe Lydon, 6. Ged Byrne, 7. Andy Gregory
WiganlForwards:l 8. Ian Lucas, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Adrian Shelford, 11. Andy Goodway, 12. Ian Potter, 13. Ellery Hanley
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Ian Gildart (replaced Andy Gregory - 69th Minute), 15. Ged Stazicker (replaced Ian Lucas - 73rd Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Joe Lydon 2, Andy Gregory, Andy Goodway, Tony Iro

WiganlGoals:l Joe Lydon 4

WidneslBacks:l 1. Duncan Platt, 2. Rick Thackray, 3. Andy Currier, 4. Darren Wright, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Barry Dowd, 7. David Hulme
WidneslForwards:l 8. Derek Pyke, 9. Phil McKenzie, 10. Mike O'Neill, 11. Kurt Sorensen, 12. Paul Hulme, 13. Richie Eyres
WidneslSubslUsed:l 14. Steve O'Neill (replaced Rick Thackray - 41st Minute)

WidneslTries:l

(None)

WidneslGoals:l

Duncan Platt 1

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Summary:l

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:l

Wigan 14 Widnes 2

Attendance:l

14,236

Referee:l

Paul Volante (Batley)

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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