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Haven Should Have Taken the Pens!

Sept 2 2007
If only Haven had taken the points when they had the chance of easy penalty kicks in both halves they would have had a Tie in this dramatic battle.

Cassidy held

Visiting Widnes looked like making it a walkover in the opening minutes with two quick fire tries .The first as Moran split the defence and allowed Grix in. The second as Moran kicked through for Bland to touchdown.

Great play by Scott McAvoy created the start of Haven;s fight back. He got the ball to Maden for his try. Rudd converted to make it 6-10. At this stage McCormack told his lads (including half of a previous Haven team!) to take the two points from a penalty. If Haven had used similar decision making in both halves they would not suffered their ultimate defeat.

After a doubtful decision by ref Taberner to give a penalty for obstruction Dodd drove in to extend Widnes lead..

In the second half aggro between the sides rose as both teams got stuck-in with gusto. Fletcher for Haven and Aaron Summers for Widnes were sin binned.

Local hero Sice then created a chance for Rudd to score as Haven piled on more and more pressure. Rudd converted his own try to keep his point scoring ever rising.

Maden must have hung his head after he fluffed a clearance and handed Dodd an east peasy try. A Rudd chip and great play from Seeds gave Calvert the key to the door and with Rudd's conversion it was 18-22 as Widnes were kept nailed down to the Kells end as Haven came so close on several attempts.

Gate was a disappointing : 2,360 for what was truly value for money for excitement.
Haven: Broadbent, Calvert, Seeds, R.Jackson, S.Maden, L.Joe,C.Rudd, S.Trindall,A.Smith, D,Fatialofa, S.Baldwin, Fletcher,S.McAvoy; C.Sice, Hill, M.Jackson, R. Wright.

Widnes: Grix, Blanch, Kohe-Love, Nanyn, Dodd, Moran, Penny, A.Summers, M.Smith, O.Wilkes, J.Tomkins,Noone, Beswick; Cassidy, James, Webster, L.Doran.





































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