PREVIEW: Widnes (H)

It’s a quick return to action after the disappointing end to the excellent League run on Tuesday night, although Colne’s record at the HWRS over the last three years has now seen them return home on the back of three successive victories, so the 3-1 defeat may not have been quite the shock we thought.

So it’s back to the Riverside for another chance of three more points in what is becoming a fascinating race for promotion.

League newcomers Widnes provide the opposition, and having gained promotion last year from the NWCFL, they have acquitted themselves well, despite having to play the majority of their home games out of town at Barnton near Northwich whilst a new pitch was laid at the Halton Stadium.

That would probably account for the fact that their away record is infinitely superior to their “home” one, as 22 of their 34 points have been gathered on the road.

In Chris’s first away game back in October, we came behind to grab a point at Barnton, but all three points will be the target after the midweek blip, and I have no doubt the management and players will be all out to prove that a blip it was indeed.

There are no injuries or suspensions in the squad, with the exception of long-term absentee Nialle Rodney, so having stuck with the same line-up for the Colne game as the one that won handsomely at Trafford last Saturday, it will be interesting to see if there is any rotation to the starting eleven.

The season is now in the last two months, with 33 points still on offer.

Three points against a Widnes side who will arrive with confidence, would be a welcome reward for an afternoon when entertaining football is almost a guarantee.