ACADEMY: Bradford 14-22 Widnes

ACADEMY: Bradford 14-22 Widnes

12th July 2019

In a tough, uncompromising game the U19s emerged victorious to record their sixth win of the season at Odsal against Bradford Bulls.

The opening minutes saw both teams make incursions into each other’s halves, but errors stopped the chance of any real threat to the try line.

The first time Widnes got into the Bradford 20 metre area, they forced a goal line drop out and their pressure eventually counted as Ben Davies forced his way over. Joe Edge converted.  

Bradford were finding themselves on the wrong side of the penalty count but Widnes couldn’t add to their score.  

It was the home side who got the next try when Lochlan McGill scored a typical hooker's try when he burrowed over from short range.  

Both defences remained on top for the rest of the half and Widnes took a slender lead into the break.

HALF-TIME: Bradford Bulls 4-6 Widnes Vikings 

Bradford started the second half well and they soon forced a Widnes drop out, a defensive effort which saw Joe Edge having to leave the field with an ankle injury.  

Continued pressure from the Bulls saw them take the lead when Ebon Scurr crashed over near the posts. Matthew Rice surprisingly missed the relatively simple conversion.  

The game then became somewhat scrappy, but on 58 minutes was lit up by a wonderful try. Niall Smith broke from his own 10 metre line and raced down the left wing. Lewis Else did well to support him and was on hand to receive his pass to go over from 25 metres.  In Edge’s absence, Brad Calland added a great touchline conversion.  

A high Bradford kick caused panic in the Widnes defence and a penalty for offside saw them move the ball right for Sam Smith to go over wide out. Harry Shackleton landed the difficult kick and the Bulls led 14-12.

However they didn’t have the lead for long as Widnes surged upfield again and Jake Burns scooted over to the right of the posts. Brad Calland added another two pointer.

With five minutes to go, a Widnes attack was brought to a halt and after a bit of pushing a melee ensued, Josh Wilde was shown the red card along with Bradford’s Bradley Gallagher but as Bradford were deemed to be guilty of the original offence it was Widnes who got the penalty.

They moved the ball about across the defensive line, and on the last tackle, a pinpoint kick to the corner left Niall Smith with the easiest of touchdowns to seal the victory.

FULL-TIME: Bradford Bulls 14-22 Widnes Vikings

Bradford Bulls: Alfie Goddard, Murphy Smith, Ryan Butterworth, William Adams, Kieran Brining, Matthew Race, Luke Littlewood, Keelan Foster, Lochlan McGill, Anesu Mudoti, Sam Smith, Bradley Gallagher, Ethan O’Hanlon. SUBS: Ebon Scurr, Bradley Ho, Harry Shackleton, Kian Oldroyd.

Tries:  McGill, Scurr, Smith. Goals: Shackleton 1/1, Rice 0/2


Widnes Vikings: Joe Edge, Liam Barnes, Billy Glover, Ollie Brookes, Niall Smith, Ben Davies , Lewis Else, Jordan Brown, Jake Burns, Calum O’Neill, Josh Wilde, Connor Burgess, Brad Calland. SUBS: Ciaran O’Donnell, Dec Baker, Robbie Ascroft, Alfie Cassidy.

Tries:  Burns, Davies, Else, Smith. Goals:  Calland 2/3, Edge 1/1


HT    4-6
FT    14-22
Pens  7-9

ACADEMY: Bradford 14-22 Widnes