Written by Rugby Football League
Newcastle Thunder recorded their fourth win of the Betfred Championship season with a hard-fought 12-6 home win over Widnes Vikings on Premier Sports.
The latest instalment of Monday Night Rugby League saw Widnes make the trip north east in search of a first win since February, while Newcastle had their sights on a fourth win of their campaign.
In a wind-affected affair at Kingston Park, it was the home side who broke the deadlock after a tight first quarter.
Sam Halsall was the man to open the scoring as he got on the end of a long pass from stand-in halfback Jesse Dee before an eye-catching dive for the line on 19 minutes.
Joe Shorrocks couldn’t convert and 4-0 to the home side is how it stayed at half time.
⚡ @ThunderRugby's Sam Hallas reacts after a big win against Widnes
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— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) April 4, 2022
Thunder added to their lead soon after the restart through Gideon Boafo, the former London winger crossing out wide after fine interplay involving Our League Player of the Match Craig Mullen and local Newcastle product Isaac Nokes.
Shorrocks converted this time and the home side had a 10-0 lead to defend with 48 minutes played.
Widnes challenged the hosts throughout the second half but they would stay firm until 71 minutes when Adam Lawton stormed over.
Steve Tyrer converted to make it 10-6 going into a tense closing period, before a Shorrocks penalty goal made it 12-6 on 76 minutes, which is how it stayed when the final hooter sounded.
Newcastle Thunder: Craig Mullen; Gideon Boafo, Isaac Nokes, Sam Halsall, Abbas Miski; Jake Shorrocks, Jesse Dee; Ed Chapelhow, Josh Eaves, Mitch. Clark; Brad Gallagher, Matthew Nicholson; Sam Hallas.
Interchanges: Connor Bailey, Brad O’Neill, Lewis Peachey, Nathan Wilde.
Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens; Ryan Ince, Ste Tyrer, Jake Spedding, Ryan Inc; Joe Lyons, Matty Smith; Owen Farnworth, Matty Fozard, Kenny Baker; Sam Wilde, Olly Davies; Danny Addy.
Interchanges: Lloyd Roby, Adam Lawton, Eribe Doro, Jack Wells.
Our League Player of the Match: Craig Mullen (Newcastle Thunder)