Super League  Sunday 30th March 2014  Select Security Stadium Halton  Att: 5,581

Squad

Ah Van, Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Clough, Craven, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Gilmore, Johnson, Joseph, Leuluai, Lloyd, Owens, Phelps, Tickle, White.

Squad

Donaldson, Henry, Wood, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Olbison, Walker, Bridge, Mullally, Sutcliffe, Blythe, Roberts, Manuokafoa, Addy, Mellor, Conroy, Kearney, O'Brien.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Patrick Ah Van

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Jack Owens

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Tickle

Danny Tickle

Danny Tickle

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Brett Kearney

Elliot Kear

Liam Sutcliffe

GOAL SCORERS:

Luke Gale

Luke Gale

Luke Gale

Full Report

Match Official: G Stokes

Stand-off Kevin Brown crossed for a first-half double as Widnes Vikings had enough to hold off plucky Bradford Bulls at the Select Security Stadium.

Brown's two tries and another from Jack Owens gave the Vikings a 16-6 half-time lead and a platform to build on in the second half.

They did not have it their own way after the break, however, as Bradford defied their off-field problems to produce a spirited comeback that might have seen them take something from the match.

Elliot Kear and Brett Kearney added converted tries to Liam Sutcliffe's score just before half-time to edge the Bulls back.

But Patrick Ah Van's try in between proved the difference as Widnes' impressive start to the season continued.

Bradford may have left Halton with nothing, but at least have some hope for the future after Marc Green secured ownership of the club this week.

Green, who was watching the game in the boxes at Widnes, would have been pleased with the desire and effort of his side.

Led by Luke Gale, Chev Walker and Manase Manuokafoa, the Bulls put the Vikings under some considerable pressure.

The Vikings got their account ticking over on 14 minutes as Tom Gilmore sent in Owens for a neatly worked try. Danny Tickle hit the post with the conversion but was on target with his next effort after Brown had put the ball under the posts with a superb solo score out of nothing.

Brown, who is in a rich vein of form for the Vikings in both attack and defence, added another to his ever-increasing total of Super League tries as he ghosted in for a walkover try five minutes from the break.

Owens should have put the Vikings further in front seconds later as his sweeping run had the Bulls defenders all at sea but his offload to substitute Paul Johnson was coughed up with the try line at his feet.

Bradford, who had defended gamely in the first period, got some reward for their effort with a nice try from half-back Sutcliffe to give them some encouragement before the second period.

The Bulls began the better of the two sides after the restart and Luke Gale's pinpoint cross-field kick was collected by Kear to put them right back in it at 16-12.

Francis Cummins' side threw everything at Widnes as they looked to nip ahead but Owens set up Ah Van with a dribbling grubber kick to give the Vikings some breathing space.

Tickle's conversion made it 22-12 but it was far from comfortable for Widnes.

With 14 minutes remaining, Kearney's weaving run saw him end up over the try line. Gale tagged on the extras to put them within four points.

The Bulls could have snatched it at the death as Gale sent Adrian Purtell through but Paddy Flynn made sure with a solid shot that meant the Vikings could run the clock down.

Match Action

  • 67m
    goal

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 67m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 62m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 62m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Roberts

    Bradford

  • 52m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 52m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 48m
    try

    Elliot Kear

    Bradford

  • 48m
    goal

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 39m
    try

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Bradford

  • 39m
    goal

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 35m
    try

    Kevin Brown

    Widnes

  • 35m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 25m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Alex Gerrard

    Widnes

  • 25m
    try

    Kevin Brown

    Widnes

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Paul Clough

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Paul Johnson

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Hep Cahill

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Rhodri Lloyd

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Danny Bridge

    Bradford

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Chev Walker

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 15m
    try

    Jack Owens

    Widnes