This weekend, Anselmians travel to Widnes to try and play a postponed fixture from December 9th.
Widnes and Anselmians were promoted together to North One West in 2011. The Saints lasted two seasons in the higher division but Widnes lasted five, never finishing less than seventh except, in their last season in 2015-16, when they were relegated to South Lancashire/Cheshire 1 with current league leaders, Broughton Park.
Last season, Widnes completed the double against us, winning handsomely at Malone Field, 13-49, in October and taking the spoils at Heath Road in an exciting game 34-33 as recently as last March. The latter game was a bitter blow to the Saints as they were locked in a relegation dog fight for the last few games of the season. We would eventually finish 11th and Widnes were 7th, winning thirteen and losing thirteen games.
This season, Widnes are mid-table and have had mixed results. Good results away at Southport, West Park and New Brighton are alongside home defeats against Bowdon, Glossop and Broughton Park.
Visits to Widnes are never easy, but we have won there before and, this term, Anselmians are developing into a formidable unit but they will be fully tested by Widnes next Saturday.