‘It won’t be easy’ – Widnes manager Dave Dempsey expecting difficult Colne test

Widnes manager Dave Dempsey

Widnes manager Dave Dempsey has spoken highly of his side after their win over Clitheroe ahead of the trip to Colne.

Sam Turner opened the scoring before Max Cane pulled the visitors level only for in-form John McGrath to continue his rich vein of form to score his ninth goal of the season.

It made it back-to-back wins for Dempsey’s side as they move further adrift of the relegation zone.

They visit Colne next who’ve been on a difficult run after facing a number of clubs at the right end of the table but will be looking bounce back from the 3-0 disappointment they suffered to the hand of Bootle last time out.

The Widnes boss told Off The Park: “When we went 1-0 up it was well deserved. The lads worked really well in the first half, thought we started on the front foot.

“They had a moment for about five minutes where they changed gear to go 1-1 and we had to weather a storm but the lads showed character that was shown for the last 10 games, that never say die attitude and we managed to get the winner. I was made up with it. 

“We lost four games on the bounce and over the course of the season it is a dip in form, we had Leek, Ramsbottom, Colne, at the time they’re on good runs of form so that’s what you get in this league.

“Fixtures can be cruel and every games really close even in the dip in form we were losing by the odd goal, it wasn’t the end of the world.

“The lads knew they’d turn a corner but the last 10-12 league games we’ve been outstanding. We’ve won the games we should be winning, we’ve pushed the top sides in the league very close and now we’re starting to see positive side against the top six.

“We’ve beat Trafford, Clitheroe, Market Drayton gone away and done a number on them. Every game now we’ve got to keep performing and I’m sure we’ll be fine. 

“We’re not looking at other teams form, we’re looking at our performances. I know that Colne have got one point in six games which doesn’t read great but I know they’ve got good individuals, very very good players, John Macken – who won the league with Radcliffe has come in as manager.

“It won’t be an easy game, the environment you’re going into it’s never easy, we just need to concentrate on our own performances. Whether we’re playing Market Drayton or Workington, it really doesn’t matter, we just need to do what we do well and apply ourselves then we’ll win the game of football.”

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