Ashall-Bott Delighted To Get Off The Mark

Ashall-Bott Delighted To Get Off The Mark

19th July 2018

Widnes Vikings full-back Olly Ashall-Bott says he was delighted to get over for his first competitive try in the Vikings first team. 

The 20-year old crossed the whitewash after rounding Adam Quinlan as the Vikings were edged out 26-24 by Hull Kingston Rovers on home soil.

The Academy graduate says that although it wasn't the result he wanted, it was a great moment to finally score his first competitive try. 

"It was good to get my first try for Widnes," he said.

"Scoring for the club is something that I've been hoping to do for a while, and it was a great feeling to get it over the weekend against Hull KR."

Ashall-Bott finished off a nice move involving himself, Joe Mellor and Chris Houston, to break the Rovers line and round Quinlan to score. Olly admits that these plays are types of moves that Interim Head Coach, Francis Cummins is encouraging on the training field.

"My try was a play that we had practiced in training and are told to look into doing," he said.

"We had got it wrong a little during the week, but luckily the hard work paid off and the move worked when it mattered during the game."

The Vikings went down in narrow fashion against Rovers, and like many times during the season, Ashall-Bott says that it was a frustrated video review at the start of this week.

"We’ve been like this a lot this year, where we sit down, watch the video back and get frustrated with ourselves. In a lot of the matches we've played this year, we feel like we have been on top during the game, and then we make a silly error and it kills us."

Francis Cummins' side travel to the Emerald Headingley Stadium looking to complete a Super League double over the current Super League champions, following their 23-6 success earlier in the year. Ashall-Bott says it's going to be a tough challenge, but one the Vikings are looking forward to.

"Playing Leeds away is always a big game, especially when they need a win as much as they do," he said.

"We know that the game against them will be a real tough ask for us, but training has been good this week with the lads and we are looking to get a good win on Friday night."

Olly also made reference to the Vikings supporters, who continue to get behind the club despite a frustrating 2018 season. Ashall-Bott says the club's supporters still have a massive role to play ahead of the Super 8s, The Qualifiers campaign.

"Our fans are a massive part of the game and I think no matter how your team is doing, you’ve got to back them till the end," he said.

"A lot of people are already writing us off, but there is still a massive part of the season to be played."

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Ashall-Bott Delighted To Get Off The Mark