WARRINGTON Wolves Women will head into their ‘derby’ with Widnes as league leaders.

They knocked Barrow off the top spot with a crushing 50-0 success over the Cumbrians at Victoria Park on Sunday.

In-form England winger Michelle Davis, Ellie Jelves and Meg Moore were among the try scorers.

Head coach Lee Westwood is delighted with the team’s progress and looking forward to what Saturday brings when his side face Widnes on Halton Stadium’s i-pitch in the curtain-raiser to Vikings’ Championship clash against Toulouse Olympique, kick-off 11.30am.

“Last time we played Widnes I think we shocked them and we’ve really improved since then, and so have they,” he said.

“It’s a derby and I’m expecting a really tough game. Playing on their artificial pitch will be a first for the girls.”

Reflecting on the hammering of Barrow, he said: “It’s been coming for the last four or five weeks, especially with the girls who are new to the game now having a bit more understanding.

“They are flourishing with all the development that they’ve done. They’re playing the game as it should be played."

Westwood added: “We’re now getting everybody to understand their job roles and responsibilities and now that everyone’s doing that, everyone seems to be loving it which is what we want.”

Also flourishing is Davis following her move from Wigan.

“Michelle’s been really good and has added quite a bit to the team, a little bit of experience helping the girls on the inside of her who are new to the game,” said Westwood.

“She’s also improving herself within this environment, which has been really good.

“We have quite a lot of chats with Michelle and she’s loving it more than ever.

“We’ve brought a little bit more enjoyment to her game which is making her stand out at the minute.

“She scored a cracking try, getting on the end of one of our plays and finished it off really well. I think that’s 11 tries in five games for her now.”