PREVIEW: Widnes (A)

It’s a trip over to north Cheshire for the Rams as they meet their opening day opponents, Widnes, at the Halton Stadium, the 12,000 capacity home of Widnes RLFC and their artificial pitch.

The Rams are looking for a double as they won their opening game back in August 3-2, and another victory would prolong the current impressive run of 14 points from the last 18 on offer, and a goalscoring record of 20 goals with just 5 conceded.

That run has seen the side rise from mid-table to third in what is proving to be a fascinating competition this time round.

The Rams welcome back long-time injury midfielder Greg Daniels, who has been out of the game for sixteen months, but on the reverse side, winger Iyrwah Gooden begins his three match suspension having been sent off last week against Droylsden.

The Rams currently have 30 points from 16 games, whilst Widnes sit in 17th spot with 12 points from 15 starts. Their home form has seen them glean just four points to date, but, whilst the Rams may go into the game as favourites, football sometimes has a habit of kicking such predictions in the teeth.

Another three points, however, would be most welcome for the Rams as the squad looks forward to a brief respite before facing Mossley at home on Boxing Day.