Time runs out for Rovers

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers surrendered their 100 per cent record with Saturday night’s 22-16 home defeat against Widnes Vikings.

Widnes mastered the heavy conditions better than Rovers who were 22-0 down before Stuart Dickens (pictured) grabbed their first try 12 minutes from time.

Zak Hardaker and Sam Smeaton also scored and Liam Finn kicked two goals but time ran out for Featherstone in an incident-packed finish.

They were made to pay for a sluggish start to their final Northern Rail Cup group match.

They struggled to get a foothold in the game after conceding two tries in the opening nine minutes.

Widnes’s try scorers were Shane Grady, Steve Tyrer and Anthony Thackeray, with a length of the field interception effort.

Tyrer landed five goals from five kicks.

Both teams have qualfied for the competition’s knock-out stages.

Featherstone: Hardaker; Powell, Smeaton, Welham, Saxton; Worthington, Finn; Tonks, Kaye, Dickens, Grayshon, Spears, Dale. Subs: Williams, Kain, Bostock, Hardman.

Widnes: Flynn; Gaskell, Ropati, Tyrer, Gardner; Thackeray, Coyle; Kavanagh, Netherton, Heckenberg, Grady, Haggerty, Finnigan. Subs: Varkulis, Pickersgill, Allen, Gerrard.