WOMEN: Vikings 28-24 Stanningley

WOMEN: Vikings 28-24 Stanningley widnesvikings.co.uk

24th September 2018

In an entertaining game, containing 10 tries, Widnes recorded their second victory of the season with a 28-24 win over Stannigley, and in the process demonstrated how this fledgling team have grown throughout the year.

The opening minutes saw Widnes dealt a blow when Laura Godwyn-Outten was injured in the tackle and she was unable to take any further part in the game.  Other knocks to Jazz Mason and Jenny Moss disrupted the home side and Stanningley took full advantage.  The dangerous Hayley Fielding made a 50 metre break and Lyndsey Cunnett forced her way over for the opening score.

An inventive short kick off saw Jenny Moss regain possession and put Widnes on the offensive. Five tackles later, Widnes levelled the scores when Catherine Bazley-Harrison barged over from close range. Demi-Lea Fisher added the extras to give the home side a 6- 4 advantage. Stanningley soon responded when full back Abigail Price scored close to the posts and Fielding kicked the conversion.

The visitors grew in confidence and a kick downfield saw them outpace the Widnes defence, kick on again and Laura Dyson scored. Fielding made it 6-16 with the conversion. Earlier in the season, heads would have gone down but Widnes responded magnificently and a great pass found Jenny Moss just inside the Stanningley half. The hard working stand off raced away for a great try, and with Fisher converting, the Vikings went into the break 12-16 down.

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings Women 12-16 Stanningley RL Women

A confident Widnes returned to the field and were immediately testing the Stanningley defence.  A rampaging Jazz Mason run threatened to open the defence but her pass went to ground and the visitors scored a great try from Abigail Spenser with excellent passing and backing up over 80 metres. Mason atoned for her error with a one on one steal, and this lead to Moss scoring her second try to make it 16-20.

A brief melee saw the referee brandish two yellow cards to both sides and during this period Widnes changed the course of the game.  Jenny Moss burst through the defence, from deep in her own half, and her pass on half way found Sammi Simpson who scored under the posts. Minutes later, Hannah Quirk went 60 metres for an even a better score, and with Fisher converting both tries, Widnes led 28-20.

Stanningley continued to be a threat and with five minutes left, Cunnett scored her second try to set up a nail biting finish. Scrum half Dyson, who was impressive throughout, tried everything to get something out of the game for her side but the final whistle went to signal the end of an excellent game and a deserved victory for the Vikings.

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings Women 28-24 Stanningley RL Women


Player of the game:

Widnes Vikings: Liv Miah

Stanningley: Laura Dyson


Widnes Vikings: Demi-Lea Fisher, Olivia Barnard, Hannah Quirk, Georgina Barnard, Katie Dolan, Jenny Moss, Meg Jackson, Casey Naylor, Olivia Miah, Jazzmine Mason, Catherine Bazley-Harrison, Laura Goldwyn-Outten, Sammi Simpson. SUBS:  Emma Dobson, Sarah Bazley-Harrison. 

Tries: Moss 2, Bazley-Harrison, Quirk, Simpson.

Goals: Fisher 4/5


Stanningley: Abigail Price, Abigail Spenser, Hayley Fielding, Sophie Bickerdyke, Leanne Hay, Ebony Haley, Laura Dyson, Lyndsey Cunnett, Chloe Wainwright Morley, Vikki Haley, Jodie Davies, Markella Morgan, Loren Gregory. SUBS:  Emily Brierley

Tries: Cunnett 2, Dyson, Price, Spenser.

Goals: Fielding 2/4, Spenser 0/1


HT   12-16

FT    28-24

Pens  4-5

WOMEN: Vikings 28-24 Stanningley widnesvikings.co.uk