Super League  Sunday 23rd March 2014  Kingston Communications Stadium  Att: 10,286

Squad

Arundel, Colbon, Crooks, Ellis, Hadley, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Kent, Paleaaesina, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Tuson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Squad

Ah Van, Brown, Clarke, Craven, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Isa, Johnson, Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Phelps, Marsh, Tickle, White.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

GOAL SCORERS:

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Patrick Ah Van

GOAL SCORERS:

Patrick Ah Van

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Tom Gilmore

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

Widnes Vikings picked up their first away victory of 2014 in remarkable circumstances as they kept Hull FC pointless to make it four wins from five in First Utility Super League.

In a game largely dominated by driving rain and handling errors, the solitary try and penalty from Patrick Ah Van, combined with a debut drop goal for Tom Gilmore, gave Widnes victory against a Hull side that were plagued with errors and limp attacking play.

Bizarrely, the only try of the game came in the very first minute, off the back of an appalling error from Jordan Rankin. The Hull full-back spilled the ball on his first carry of the match, and Ah Van picked the ball up and charged over the line to put the Vikings into an early lead. Danny Tickle missed the conversion, and Widnes led 4-0.

Remarkably, those were the only points of a highly unusual first period, as driving wind and rain took control of the clash, instead of the players. Hull had an obscene amount of time camped on the Widnes line throughout the remainder of the first half, but just could not keep hold of the ball in tricky conditions.

That was perhaps best emphasised by replacement Jordan Thompson who, minutes after coming on from the bench, burst through the Widnes line with a great run. However, he inexplicably spilled the ball in the act of scoring to see another chance wasted for Lee Radford's men.

For all Hull's dominance in attack though, the likes of Phil Joseph and former Hull man Tickle were having superb games in defence, as they showed great resilience in the face of extreme pressure. That was enough to see Widnes keep out the Black and Whites for the entirety of the first half.

The spate of handling errors continued after the break.

Widnes spilled the ball inside their own half and Hull had a huge overlap on the following play. However, Kirk Yeaman managed to drop the ball with virtually no Widnes defenders around him as Hull's bleak afternoon continued.

With the game hanging delicately in the balance, discipline was becoming more and more crucial to both sides. And that proved to be the case when back-to-back penalties for Widnes finally produced some points. It was not via a try, though, Ah Van's kick from in front of the posts nudged Widnes' lead out to six.

Ah Van then had a trickier opportunity to put another two points on the board - but he could not find the distance or the accuracy with his second attempt at goal. However, the victory was secured four minutes from time, as the Vikings struck when it truly mattered.

Yet more errors from the home side enabled the Vikings to break into the Hull half and Gilmore stepped up with the priceless drop goal to put Widnes 7-0 up.

Match Action

  • 71m
    dropgoal

    Tom Gilmore

    Widnes

  • 60m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 57m
    interchange_on

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 57m
    interchange_off

    Kirk Yeaman

    Hull

  • 52m
    interchange_off

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 52m
    interchange_off

    Jon Clarke

    Widnes

  • 52m
    interchange_on

    Rhodri Lloyd

    Widnes

  • 52m
    interchange_on

    Lloyd White

    Widnes

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Liam Watts

    Hull

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Thompson

    Hull

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Willie Isa

    Widnes

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Iafeta Paleaaesina

    Hull

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Gareth Ellis

    Hull

  • 15m
    interchange_on

    Paul Johnson

    Widnes

  • 15m
    interchange_off

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 2m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes