WIDNES Vikings ran out 44-6 winners at home to Whitehaven RLFC.

After a tight opening 20 minutes, Vikings broke the deadlock when Brad O’Neill darted over from dummy half.

After a Ste Tyrer penalty, Adam Lawton crossed from 20 metres out giving Vikings a 14-0 lead.

In the second half Danny Craven got the ball rolling with back-to-back tries, the second an outstanding individual effort from inside his own half.

Tyrer's boot made it 26-0.

Jake Bradley scored for the Cumbrians but that was a mere consolation with further scores from Vikings' Will Tilleke, Jack Owens and Lawton's second.

It was a morale-booster for Vikings in front of their home supporters for the first time this season.

Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens; Deon Cross, Jake Spedding, Ste Tyrer, Jayden Hatton; Danny Craven, Joe Lyons; Matt Cook, Brad O’Neill, Kenny Baker, Shane Grady, Adam Lawton, Matty Smith.

Interchanges: Paul Clough, Connor Dwyer, Owen Farnworth, Will Tilleke Tries: O’Neill, Lawton (2), Craven (2), Tilleke, Owens Goals: Tyrer 8/8 Whitehaven RLFC: Gregg McNally: Lachlan Walmsley, Christopher Taylor, Jason Mossop, Jesse Joe Parker; Karl Dixon, Nikau Williams; Thomas Walker, Aiden Roden, Andrew Dawson, Ellis Gilad, Liam Cooper, Thomas Wilkinson.

Interchanges: Jake Bradley, Ronan Michael, James Newton, Oscar Thomas Tries: Bradley Goals: Walmsley 1/1