SPIRIT OF '55: Wicked witch of Widnes blows away Warrington

Albert Naughton, the last Warrington captain to lift the Championship trophy in 1955

Albert Naughton, the last Warrington captain to lift the Championship trophy in 1955

First published in Sport Warrington Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports blogger

THE sun dipped down below the stand just in time for kick-off, it turned out there were a few things about to happen that we would've rather not been able to see.

Right from the start it never looked likely that Wire were going to blow Widnes away, the trademark quick play-the-balls and lots of ground gaining runs down the middle weren't happening.

Despite that Wire got close to the line, but Widnes defended with impressive desire and desperation to prevent three or four tries.

The difference in the first half being that Widnes turned their pressure into 16 points, where as Wire couldn't get on the scoreboard at all.

Twice Wire's defence out wide was exposed just enough to allow wingers to squeeze over in the corner.

In between those two tries came one of many controversial moments, the officials judging that there hadn't been a knock on in the build up to Widnes' second try.

Wire did start the second half showing a bit more intent to drive down the middle and earn those quick play-the-balls, but it was still Widnes who scored the first try of the half and when a penalty goal soon followed the lead was up to 24 points.

Seemingly undeterred by the growing lead, Warrington continued to battle away and the game speeding up helped get them back in it and cause many jitters amongst the Widnes fans and players.

Atkins scored a try out of nothing from a scrum, on the next set O'Brien made a break that led to Chris Bridge making it two tries in three minutes.

Another dubious try took the sting out of the comeback but Wire continued to attack and Ratchford was harshly denied a try, while Currie did have his try allowed.

Ultimately the fightback came up short, the spirit was still very much in evidence, supporting each other after a mistake and to keep going right to the end.

So if they were a character from the Wizard of Oz, they wouldn't be lacking heart like the Tin Man or courage like the Lion.

Maybe on this occasion they were the Scarecrow lacking a little in the brain department, thinking they could go sideways before they could go forwards and could get away without playing at full speed in attack.

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9:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

martin2588 says...

Can the paper please clarify the meaning of this headline bearing in mind the pre match tribute (that was wonderfully respected by real wolves fans) for the writers sake of his job I really hope this isn't any kind of link to an amazing fan that passed away last week
Can the paper please clarify the meaning of this headline bearing in mind the pre match tribute (that was wonderfully respected by real wolves fans) for the writers sake of his job I really hope this isn't any kind of link to an amazing fan that passed away last week martin2588
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9:04am Thu 24 Jul 14

Alex Bysouth says...

Hi Martin, of course not - it was in line with Rob's Wizard of Oz reference lower down the piece
Hi Martin, of course not - it was in line with Rob's Wizard of Oz reference lower down the piece Alex Bysouth
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12:32pm Thu 24 Jul 14

SickAndTired2 says...

Warrington were simply outplayed, out-enthused and outmuscled by side that wanted it more, kept their composure and finished their chances.
Warrington were simply outplayed, out-enthused and outmuscled by side that wanted it more, kept their composure and finished their chances. SickAndTired2
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3:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

wolfitdown says...

I think spirit has got it pretty much spot on from a Wire perspective, the article in no way detracts from a very committed Widnes who fully deserved their win.
I think spirit has got it pretty much spot on from a Wire perspective, the article in no way detracts from a very committed Widnes who fully deserved their win. wolfitdown
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8:44pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Lupine54 says...

Just to clarify, I just write the article, and don't choose the headline. I knew it was a reference to my Wizard of Oz metaphor, I hope everyone else realises that too now.

Rob - aka Spirit of 55.
Just to clarify, I just write the article, and don't choose the headline. I knew it was a reference to my Wizard of Oz metaphor, I hope everyone else realises that too now. Rob - aka Spirit of 55. Lupine54
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