Widnes v. Workington still seems more of a rugby league clash from the past rather than an important fixture in the Northern Premier League West Division, as the Reds make their second trip to Halton, the biggest ground in the league.
Saturday’s meeting (3pm) at the now named DCBL Stadium is another clash with points at stake affecting both ends of the table. Eighteenth placed Widnes need them to aid their relegation fight whilst Reds will be looking to rubber-stamp a play-off berth.
Back in November, Workington obtained a fortunate 2-1 victory at Borough Park after Widnes held a one goal advantage going into stoppage time. Max Bardsley-Rowe had given visitors the lead but goals from Conor Tinnion and Reuben Jerome secured a last-gasp win for the relieved hosts.
Reds actually won at the 13,000 all-seater stadium last season with Ceiran Casson scoring a fine winning goal early in the second half.
It will be Reds fourth league game on 3G this term and a contrast to the very heavy going at Colne in midweek. Although they lost at Macclesfield, they did manage to win at Leek and Skelmersdale on an artificial surface.
Danny Grainger will again have plenty of options, selection wise, with Sam Smith now returning to the twenty-man squad after completing his suspension.
Macclesfield could win back-to-back titles on Saturday but the five or six clubs below them, including Reds, will be fighting for that second promotion spot via the play-offs.
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