Wednesday, 02 September 2015

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Widnes boss praises plucky Workington Town

Widnes Vikings’ coach Denis Betts heaped praise on the makeshift Workington Town side that went down 30-6 at the Stobart Stadium Halton on Sunday.

Denis Betts photo
Denis Betts

Former Wigan and GB ace Betts fielded a handful of first-teamers in the clash, while Town, who included two amateurs and the club’s conditioning coach Matthew Johnson, were without nine regulars due to injury and suspensions.

“I was more than pleased with the overall performance of both sides,” Betts told News & Star Sport.

“Workington Town turned up with a good attitude and wanted to perform, and that they did. We tried to get a game on and get physical and we did.

"I was really pleased for Town that it didn’t turn into a good hiding and that’s all credit to them.

"On a couple of occasions, I thought if we got the next score then we would have racked up a lot of points and that wouldn’t have been a fair reflection on Town. The fact we didn’t was down to their efforts.

“The game was everything I wanted.”

Widnes didn’t come through the game unscathed, centre Stefan Marsh picking up a cracked rib and prop Ben Kavanagh a calf injury. Town’s Adam Walne suffered a bruised knee while Marc Shackley came off with a twisted knee. Neither injury is thought to be serious.



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