Widnes U16s 16-38 St Helens U16s

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7th March 2019

Widnes Vikings U16s started their 2019 campaign with a battling performance as they were beaten 38-16 by St Helens U16s on Wednesday evening.

On a cold and wet evening at the Halton Stadium, it was the away side that opened the scoring as Cole Appleby barged over on eight minutes. The prop forward was able to beat the tackle of two Widnes defenders, and muscle over from close range. Taylor Pemberton converted the try.

The Vikings responded well to going behind, and five minutes later, Jonathan Bennison opened his account for the evening. An error from the Saints put Widnes into position, and a nice shift to the Vikings’ right edge ended with Bennison getting the better of two defenders to go over. James Murray missed the conversion. 

St Helens regained the lead on 18 minutes as Taylor Pemberton grabbed his first of the game. Daniel Ganson broke the Widnes line, but superb, scrambling defence held the half back short. On the next play, Pemberton darted out from dummy half and found his way over the try line. Pemberton converted his own try.

Four minutes later, Pemberton scored his second try of the night to go over under the sticks. The hooker jumped out from dummy half once more, and then stepped the Widnes tackler to create the space to touch down. For the second time on the evening, Pemberton converted his own try. 

The Saints grabbed their fourth try as Owen Blackwood touched down. The away side shifted the ball to their left edge and created the space for Blackwood to score. Pemberton missed the conversion on the left edge.

The Vikings’ U16s refused to give in, and had the final say of the first half as Ryan Barnes scored a superb try. With the Saints attacking on the Vikings’ line, Barnes read the pass from Daniel Ganson to intercept, run 80 metres and beat two tacklers to score. John Bennison converted the try to reduce the deficit to 12 at the break. 

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings U16s 10-22 St Helens U16s 

St Helens started the second half in similar manner to the first, and Cole Appleby replicated his first half try just two minutes into the second half. The prop forward hit a short pass close to the line and was just able to get the ball down under pressure from three defenders. Pemberton converted. 

10 minutes later, and the Vikings thought they had reduced the deficit again as Reece McConville looked to have touched down after a fumbled Bennison cross-field kick, but the referee ruled a knock-on. 

The Saints took advantage of that and extended their lead through Reece Sumner. St Helens shifted the ball left, and Ganson hit Sumner with a flat pass at the line to slide over. Pemberton missed the conversion as the weather worsened. 

Widnes refused to throw the towel in, and got themselves more points as Jon Bennison scored his second try. Following a fumbled kick-off from the Saints, Bennison stepped well at the line to wrong-foot the defence and go over close to the sticks. James Murray converted the try. 

The final score of the night was to the Saints, as Ellis Keppell capitalised on a fumbled pick-up from Michael Cosgrove to dive over. Pemberton converted the try to give the Saints the win, but our U16s can take plenty from their first hit out of the year.  

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings U16s 16-38 St Helens

Half Time: 10-22
Full Time: 16-38

Teams:

Widnes: 1. Jonathon Bennison; 5. Tyler Pilling, 4. Harry Parkinson, 3. Leighton Hesketh, 2. Michael Cosgrove; 6. Ryan Barnes, 7. James Murray; 8. Daniel Brewin, 9. Andrew Biddle, 10. Ryan Lockett, 11. Joseph Murphy, 12. Reece McConville, 13. Samuel Goldthorpe, 14. Connor Goldthorpe, 15. Joshua Robinson, 16. James Whalley, 17. Kristian Gibson, 18. Aiden Doolan, 19. Kieran Tyrer.

Saints: 1. Daniel Moss; 18. Shay Martyn, 3. Ellis Keppel, 20. Owen Blackwood, 5. Kallem Rodgers; 6. Rio Corkhill, 7. Daniel Ganson; 8. Cole Appleby, 9. Taylor Pemberton, 10. Jack Green, 11. Ben O’Donnell, 12. Reece Sumner, 13. Harrison Picton, 14. Zak Whitehead, 15. Ben Lane, 16. McKenzie Buckley, 19. Matthew Parkes.

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