Dave Dempsey under no illusions despite return to form as Widnes climb further away from drop

Widnes find the back of the net against Marine.

Widnes manager Dave Dempsey was in high spirits as they made it two wins from two following their 3-1 win over Kendal Town.

The triumph bridged the gap at the bottom to six points as they moved further from the relegation zone, currently occupied by Market Drayton, Kendal and Prescot Cables.

Next for Widnes is another opportunity to pick up three points against a team at the wrong end of the table in the Gingerbread Men.

Alex McMillan continued his rich vein of form as he made it four in three games as John McGrath and Ryan Jennings returned to the scoresheet in goals Dempsey described as “different class.”

“We’re made up [with the two wins] as a collective I think the six points were massively important going into Christmas with the run of games that we’ve got, gives us that little bit more of a cushion where we’re not looking over our shoulders,” he told Off The Park.

“I was frustrated that we were in that position with the start that we’ve had and the players that we’ve got, the quality we’ve got in the dressing room.

“We’re by no means a team that should be finishing where we are at the minute, the start we’ve had then the last few games before the six points we’ve got has put us in that situation. 

“With Market Drayton Saturday, we’ve said it’s another good opportunity to get another three points and hopefully find ourselves nine points adrift and looking up the table rather than over our shoulder at the likes of Prescot, Kendal and Market Drayton so can’t ask for much more.

“The goals were different class. You don’t often see three goals of that quality in the same game, but the finishes that the boys have done they’re special to be fair.

“We were by far the better side throughout the game, we could’ve been more and should’ve been more but John [McGrath], Jenno [Ryan Jennings] and Macca [Alex McMillan] come out with a bit of quality when it’s needed and that’s the sort of players we’ve got to in our group.

“Made up with the finishes but, think everyone will agree, the three points was massive on Saturday with the weather, conditions it was a leveller and at times we probably made it more difficult than it should’ve been but there was loads of factors so it was good just to three points at the end of the day.”

Last weekend’s win over 1874 Northwich spelt the end to a dismal run of form for Widnes but they have returned to winning ways, backing it up with an assured performance against Kendal, for Dempsey he is delighted by the atmosphere

“The lads have got that energy back, the buzz, they’re confident going into Saturday. Spoke to them at training, it’s good being that way we want a positive camp and a confident group of lads puts you in good stead.

“It gives you that one step forward kind of mentality where you’re looking forward to the next game. But we can’t be overconfident, we need to be grounded and understand that whether it’s a 1-0 win in the 93rd minute or a 6-0 win and it’s a great win – at this moment in time I’m not really fussed.

“We just need to make sure we keep getting results and being on the right end of the three points. It’s only two wins, we’ve not pulled up any trees there’s still have a season to go and we’ve got a great game to go into, hopefully will see us win.”

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