LiveFull-time: Widnes Vikings 56 Keighley Cougars 6

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1:40pm

9:43pm

Widnes Vikings 56, Keighley Cougars 6

Daley Williams’ try early in the second half gave Cougars’ travelling fans reason for cheer as Paul March’s severely-understrength side suffered a predictable Challenge Cup quarter-final exit tonight.

March, who was forced to watch the match in a nearby pub as he serves a two-month stadium ban, made eleven changes to the side which lost to Halifax on Sunday.

Oliver Pursglove started after returning to the club and there was a senior debut for Charlie Eccleston and only a second start for rookie half-back Ben Stead.

Cougars travel to Whitehaven for an important Championship encounter next Tuesday and March’s priorities were clear for all to see.

Widnes’ Super League pedigree told from the outset as they quickly built up a head of steam with three tries in the opening 10 minutes through Declan Hulme, Tom Gilmore and Kevin Brown.

The in-form Brown soon grabbed his second before further scores from Jack Owens and Stefan Marsh made it 32-0 at the break.

Willie Isa scored for Widnes immediately after the restart but Cougars hit back when the impressive Stead’s neat pass sent Williams over from close range and the creator added the extras.

Cougars, who lost 18-5 to Widnes in their only Challenge Cup final appearance in 1937, did not lack fighting spirit but Widnes’ superior fitness and class continued to tell as Danny Craven scored while Gilmore went on to complete a hat-trick.

9:43pm

FT: Widnes 56, Cougars 6... a spirited effort from Paul March's side, who never let their spirits sag and fought to the end.

9:34pm

5,252 is the crowd here tonight...

9:32pm

Owens converts to make it 56-6... 10 minutes to go...

9:31pm

68 mins... TRY for Tom Gilmore, who bags his hat-trick... now 54-6 with kick to come...

9:26pm

Neil Cherryholme is replaced by Jack Lee... still 50-6...

9:24pm

It's now 50-6 after Craven's try was converted...

9:22pm

60 mins... TRY for Danny Craven who burst clear of a tired Keighley defence...

9:20pm

No action taken by referee James Child...

9:20pm

Josh Lynam sparks a melee with a late hit on Danny Craven... still 44-6 to Widnes...

9:14pm

53 mins... TRY number two for Gilmore who touches down a kick from Brown... Owens converts to make it 44-6...

9:08pm

Stead with a 40-20... he's really enjoying himself...

9:07pm

Ben Stead adds the extras... it's now 38-6... is the comeback on?!

9:06pm

TRY for Daley Williams from Ben Stead's pass... cue raucous applause from the travelling Cougars supporters...!!

9:02pm

42 mins... TRY for Willie Isa from close range from Brown's pass... Owens adds the extras to make it 38-0...

8:45pm

Half-time: Widnes 32 Keighley 0

8:39pm

34 mins... TRY for Stefan Marsh from Declan Hulme's pass inside the right channel...

8:38pm

Scott Law comes on to replace Ben Sagar...

8:35pm

Owens misses the goal from the left-hand touchline... now 26-0 with half an hour played...

8:34pm

Yes. A try is given...

8:32pm

29 mins... Jack Owens touches down a kick from Kevin Brown but it goes to the video referee... will a try be given?

8:31pm

Cougars have stemmed the tide somewhat here but the match is effectively over with Widnes having established a thoroughly commanding 22-0 lead...

8:26pm

Charlie Ecclestone is replaced by Josh Lynam... still 22-0 to Widnes...

8:20pm

Law and Peltier OFF, Patchett and Cherryholme ON...

8:19pm

Tickle adds the simple goal to make it 22-0 after 17 minutes...

8:19pm

16 mins... TRY for Kevin Brown, who shows brilliant footwork to weave his way through the Keighley defence and leave Ben Stead on his backside before scampering clear...

8:16pm

Rare spell of pressure for Cougars but a high kick to the left corner is well fielded by Widnes and they are back on the offensive...

8:15pm

8:14pm

Danny Lawton denies Rhys Hanbury with a fine saving tackle... still 16-0...

8:12pm

Danny Tickle adds his second goal to make it 16-0 after just ten minutes...

8:11pm

09 mins... TRY for Widnes as Kevin Brown goes over from dummy half in the right corner...

8:10pm

Stefan Marsh almost bursts clear for Widnes...

8:08pm

Tickle's goal has made it 10-0...

8:07pm

06 mins... TRY for Tom Gilmore after good work by Danny Tickle and Alex Gerrard... looking rather ominous for Cougars now...

8:05pm

Kevin Brown, who is enjoying an outstanding season, beginning to get his hands on the balll... which can only spell danger for Cougars... still 4-0 though...

8:03pm

Danny Tickle fails to add the extras so it remains 4-0 to Widnes...

8:01pm

02 mins... TRY for Declan Hulme who takes a neat pass from Stefan Marsh to score in the right corner... 4-0 to Widnes...

8:00pm

We are underway here at the Select Security Stadium...

7:49pm

Brian Barwick stood pitchside in conversation with Widnes chairman Steve O'Connor...

7:48pm

Interchange: Haigh, Patchett, Cherryholme, Lynam

7:47pm

Cougars: Sheriffe; Lawton, Williams, Graham, Duffy; Kelly, Stead; Law, Lee, Peltier, Eccleston, Pursglove, Sagar

7:40pm

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7:21pm

March has made a raft of changes for tonight's game as Cougars have an arguably even more important Championship match at Whitehaven next Tuesday...

7:17pm

Player-coach Paul March is not allowed into the Select Security Stadium for tonight's game as he is currently serving a two-match stadium ban for abusing a match official...

7:13pm

Welcome to the Select Security Stadium for tonight's Tetley's Challenge Cup quarter-final between Widnes Vikings and Keighley Cougars...

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