FOUR tries from winger Ryan Ince saw Widnes coast to a 50-4 victory over Rochdale Hornets at the Crown Oil Arena.

The victory helped the Vikings to reach their short term target of getting to zero points following their twelve point deduction for going into administration.

Widnes went into the game without star man Anthony Gelling so Academy product Lloyd Roby was drafted in alongside Keenan Brand in the centres. Owen Buckley returned to the side on the left wing.

Chris Dean moved into the second row with Warrington loanee Luis Johnson making his debut at loose forward. Forwards Macgraff Leuluai and Brad Walker moved from the previous week’s starting line-up to the bench.

The Hornets side featured ex-Vikings Shaun Ainscough, Scott Moore and Liam Carberry as well as on-loan Warrington prop Sitaleki Akauola.

Buckley went close to scoring on the Vikings’ first attack but was held up over the tryline having brilliantly caught a Danny Craven bomb.

However, the travelling Widnes fans didn’t have to wait long for their side’s first touchdown as a sweeping right to left passing move saw Roby put Ince over in the right corner.

Rochdale proved they weren't prepared just to make up the numbers when fullback Tyler Whittaker danced over through some ineffective tackling to make it 4-4 on ten minutes.

The Vikings had several attacking sets repelled before eventually regaining the lead in the simplest possible manner with prop Harrison Hansen crashing under the posts from first receiver to make it 10-4 after 23 minutes.

A Craven 40/20 kick put Widnes immediately back on the Hornets line allowing Brand to send wing partner Buckley in at the left corner with Jack Owens fine goal increasing the lead to 16-4.

The Vikings were now on a roll and a scrum play saw Owens’ backdoor pass send Ince over for his second try with 32 minutes on the clock with the goal added once more.

The same pair combined two minutes later with the same result and it meant a first half hat-trick for Ince as he backed up Owens’ break from 40 metres out, the score 28-4 at half-time.

It took Widnes a while to get going after the break but they eventually got the scoreboard ticking again when Owens’ scruffy pass was picked up by Brand to touch down ten metres in from the left touchline for a six-pointer.

The next score came on 61 minutes and what a cracker it was with second rower Sam Wilde breaking free from his own tryline and running the length of the field to score in the left corner despite a valiant chase from Whittaker. Owens' conversion made it 40-4.

Lloyd Roby was next on the sheet when he followed up Joe Lyons’ intelligent short kick to regather and dive over to increase the lead to 44-4.

The Vikings struggled to get their hands on possession in the latter stages but there was just time for Ince to register his fourth try when he scooped up a loose ball and ran 70 metres to the posts with Owens adding his seventh conversion.

Rochdale: Whittaker; Ainscough, Case, Morris, B Wood; Moore, Abram; Akauola, Moores, Reidy, Mitchell, Weldon, Millington. Subs: C Wood, Robson, Moran, Carberry.

Widnes: Owens; Ince, Roby, Brand, Buckley; Craven, Lyons; Cahill, Johnstone, Hansen, Wilde, Dean, Johnson. Subs: T Chapelhow, Walker, J Chapelhow, Leuluai.

Half-Time: 28-4 Referee: Mr M Manifield Attendance: 1,732