James Webster is expecting another keenly fought game against Widnes Vikings this evening (8pm).
The Wildcats are unbeaten against Widnes since the Vikings returned to Super League in 2012 and a sixth straight victory would have Webster’s men hot on the heels of Widnes in the pursuit of a play-off spot that looked highly unlikely until the recent run of four games unbeaten.
A late Paul Sykes try gave Trinity the win in dramatic fashion in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and Webster, a former Widnes player, is once again preparing for a tight game between two evenly matched sides.
“It’s an important game for us just in that we want to try and win as many games as we can,” said Webster. “Widnes have been nip and tuck over the last five games (against us). I think it’s gone down to the last two or three minutes in every game we’ve played against Widnes so we’re expecting a really tight game again.
“We’ve been lucky in that we’ve won all five games when we’ve played them since I’ve been at Wakefield but all of those games could have gone the other way, it’s been that tight between the two teams.
“I wouldn’t say they’re on the slide. I think it’s that they started the season so well and they’re a good physical team. They’ve got some strike in Brown and Hanbury especially. Marsh is back in the squad this week so they’ve got some speed as well. We’re not going to underestimate them and we think they’re a decent team – they’re four points above us and have performed better than us this year so we’re taking them exactly as we have everyone else in the last four weeks.”
You can listen to the full pre-match preview from Webster, which includes an injury update of Pita Godinet and Daniel Smith, on the Wildcats Audioboo channel.
Tickets for tonight’s game will be available on the gate with both the under 19’s (5.30pm) and first team in action. Turnstile one will be open from 4.30pm with a full Stadium opening at 6.30pm. There is a special offer of two bottles of Carlsberg for £5 up until kick-off in the first team game.