Betts expecting a tough afternoon at Halifax

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts admits his side are in for a tough afternoon today when they travel to West Yorkshire to face Halifax.

The Vikings look to avoid an upset in the Challenge Cup as they head to The Shay to face Richard Marshall’s side, who are in the Championship’s top four.

Widnes are on a horrendous run of form in the league after such a promising start to the season, and Betts knows that his out-0f-sorts team will be in for a tricky afternoon against Richard Marshall’s side.

“It’s been well-documented that after such a good start we’ve been struggling to find some form and some wins,” he said.

“There are little things that are just not helping us at the moment like confidence in ourselves to go out and finish games off. It’s pretty tough but if we can get our best 17 on the park we’ve got a chance.

“It’s just that we’ve been struggling to do that over the last couple of months.

“Halifax are a very good side. They’ve got aspirations of moving into Super League and climbing as a club.

“We’ve run into them a couple of times over the last few years and had nothing but tough games against them. We know it’s going to be physical, they’re well-drilled and they’ll have a plan and they’re going to make it a very tough game.”