posted on 17 August 2015

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Under 19's came out 24-18 winners over Widnes Vikings on Friday evening, in what was the final home fixture of the season.

Trinity were in a confident mood going into the game, having came out on top over Huddersfield the week before and led from the 23rd minute to claim back-to-back victories.

Scott Fleming was instrumental for the Wildcats and was at the heartbeat of all the good things Stu Dickens' men did. 

Brad Moules, James Batchelor, Aaron Gledhill and Judah Mazive all crossed the whitewash for Wakefield and Max Jowitt was successful with each conversion, proving enough to edge out a spirited Widnes side who scored tries through Brad Walker, Jack Armstrong, Curtis Hamson and Ross Webster.

The first-half didn't entertain us with the most eye-catching Rugby League, however, it did show us two sides who were willing to get into the arm wrestle and earn a right to play. Perhaps that was why we were scoreless up until 18 minutes when Walker nudged the visitors ahead with a try from close range.

Moules was quick to respond for Trinity though with an individual try near the posts, meaning Widnes were only ahead for five minutes. Jowitt added the conversion, 6-4.

The arm-wrestle continued for what remained of the first half, with only one further try being scored. Christian Ackroyd made a smart break, which was supported by Batchelor, who kept up his run of tries by dotting down under the posts. Jowitt converted, 12-4.


The second-half started in a similar way to how the first-half was played, with both sides playing to the wet conditions and respecting the ball. However, the Vikings made a crucial error after 48 minutes and Gledhill took advantage by increasing Trinity's lead with a barge over try. Jowitt added the extra's bringing the scores to 18-4.

The Vikings failed to lie down though and Armstrong powered through the Wakefield defence to put his side back within touching distance. Olly Ashall converted the try, 18-10.

At this stage, the Widnes' tails were well and truly up and Hamson scored a try which put his side only four points away from the Wildcats, before Webster scored in the corner to set up a grand stand finish. Neither try was converted, which tied the scores at 18-18.

It was, however, the Wildcats who remained calm and Mazive capped off a solid display with a hard fought try, to seal a Trinity win.


WILDCATS: Megretton, Capless, Mazive, Jowitt, Brereton, Fleming, Ackroyd, Morris, Moules, Douglas, Senior, Crowther, Cornell. INTERCHANGES: Blake, Woofitt, Gledhill, Batchelor.

Stu Dickens' men finish the season on Thursday evening when they travel to Bradford Bulls, seeking three victories on the spin.


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