WIDNES made it three home wins on the spin with a 36-10 win over Leigh Centurions which took them off the bottom of the Betfred Super League table.

It was an at times thrilling and occasionally frustrating performance by the Vikings but they got the job done handily enough in the end with second rower Chris Houston and winger Corey Thompson each crossing for a brace of tries.

The Vikings started well and a break up the left nearly paid dividends but centre Charly Runciman knocked on as he was tackled from behind..

Still, it didn't take long to get the tins rattling as Joe Mellor's high-bouncing short kick eluded everyone except Widnes centre Chris Bridge who touched down wide out.

There were only six minutes on the clock when Rangi Chase's briliantly disguised drop-off pass sent second rower Houston strolling under the posts with Bridge adding the extras to make it 10-0.

Another brilliant Vikings move saw Matt Whitley break free up the right and when the ball was moved to the left Houston was held up over the line.

Leigh, inevitably, had their own opportunities to post some points but were met by robust home defence.

Seven minutes before half-time another sweeping move from Denis Betts' men saw winger Corey Thompson squeeze over in the left corner.

Leigh had a near miss when French forward Antoni Maria was held up over the line but it was a brief pause in the Vikings dominance.

On the stroke of the interval, superb interplay between Whitley, Joe Mellor and Lloyd White ended with Houston crashing in for his second just to the left of the posts with the goal making it 20-0.

Despite dominating field position early in the second half, the Vikings couldn't capitalise. Instead it was the away side that registered their first points when winger Nick Rawsthorne crossed on the left with Josh Drinkwater converting.

Widnes fluffed a couple of chances and suddenly it looked like game on when Atelea Vea crashed in for the Centurions to make it 20-10 on 58 minutes.

The Vikings were looking rattled but got a break when a stray Leigh pass was picked up by Thompson who streaked 60 metres to the posts for a six-pointer.

With seven minutes remaining Bridge sliced through the visitors defence from deep in his own half and sent winger Ryan Ince racing over.

Whitley rounded things off with a converted try in the corner after a Leigh error gifted Widnes possession.

Widnes: Craven; Ince, Marsh, Runciman, Thompson; Mellor, Chase; Dudson, Heremaia, Buchanan, Houston, Whitley, Cahill. Subs: Olbison, White, O'Carroll, Gerrard.

Leigh: Brown; Dawson, Crooks, Paterson, Rawsthorne; Hampshire, Drinkwater; Burr, Pelissier, Weston, Vea, Hansen, Stewart. Subs: Hood, Tickle, Maria, Hopkins.

Half-Time: 20-0 Referee: Mr J Child