Widnes' unbeaten start to the season came to an end against an excellent Collegiate outfit who fully deserved their victory in a hard fought contest. Widnes had the early pressure but were unable to turn it into points missing two penalty goals in the opening 10 minutes.
Collegiate kicked a penalty on their first visit into the Widnes 22 closely followed by a second penalty goal. Widnes then cut the deficit to 3 points courtesy of a Tom Beech penalty.
On the stroke of half time Collegiate extended their lead scoring from a catch and drive from a 5 yard lineout to lead 13-3.
The second half was very similar to the first half with both sides defending well 6 minutes in Widnes kicked a penalty goal from Tom Beech after good work from Aaron Duggan, Joe Galloway and Captain Geoff Cooke.
Eight minutes later Widnes had the ball attacking inside the Collegiate 22 only for a stray pass to go to ground allowing Collegiate to take advantage and race 80 yards outpacing the Widnes cover to score a fine opportunist try.
The Heath Road youngsters never gave up and with 5 minutes remaining were awarded a penalty try after the referee lost patience with the home side after a number of penalties. Lewis Paton added the simple goal from under the posts.
Widnes went close in the last few minutes, Liam Quinn tackled into touch by the corner flag after neat work from Josh Kenyon and Geoff Cooke. Collegiate now top the table overtaking Widnes.
The Wids have a week off this Sunday before travelling to Bolton the week after.
Widnes RUFC Juniors under 7's, 8's, 9's and 10's are still keen for new players to join them after an excellent response to recent recruitment.
Any new players will be made welcome on a Wednesday night 6.30pm at their training ground on Prescot Road.