posted on 4 February 2012

Hooker Paul Aiton praised the team’s character after a dominant second half performance earned an opening round win over Widnes Vikings.

Paul Aiton was an impressive performer in his competitive Wildcats debut.

The Wildcats were under heavy pressure in the first forty minutes but their defensive line was breached just twice with Aiton and skipper Steve Southern in particular putting in some timely hits in repelling the hosts.

That laid the platform for a controlled second period in which Tim Smith and Isaac John ran the game and helped the Wildcats to a 32-14 win.

“It’s a happy dressing room and everyone enjoyed the win,” said Aiton.

“The boys showed a lot of character in the end.  Not any team can just hold out teams like that.  They were throwing some good attack at us.

“They weren’t just making it up as they went, they were throwing some pretty good stuff at us.

“We just kept hanging in there and it paved the way for us.

“We made a few errors that we shouldn’t have and a few opportunities that we should have finished that we didn’t.  The good thing for us is that we can take things out of that game and build on it for the next game.”

The Papua New Guinea captain was the last of the new arrivals to join up with the squad shortly after Christmas but has already caught the eye of Trinity fans.

With 26 weekly rounds to go, Aiton wasn’t getting too carried away by a strong opening performance.

“I’m happy with my defence, I just want to work more on my attack,” he admitted after the game.

“One thing I really wanted to perform in this game was my attack out of dummy half but I’ll be looking to fix that up for the next game.

On the Wildcats travelling support he added: “It was the first game of the year and to hear our fans travel this far in the cold, I was pretty proud to be a Wakefield player.

“Hopefully they keep supporting us like that throughout the year.”

Aiton and the Wildcats will look to build on the win when they host Hull KR at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday 12th February (kick-off: 3.30pm).

Tickets are on sale now and from as little as £15 for adult Silver members.

Tickets can be bought from the Ridings Centre store, by calling 01924 201548 or online.

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