WIDNES Vikings’ young team will learn from their Summer Bash defeat at the hands of a more streetwise and robust Leigh Centurions outfit.

The defeat leaves Widnes in 12th spot ahead of Sunday’s home game with fifth-placed York City Knights.

But in the words of coach Kieron Purtill, they have to “dust themselves down and look forward.”

Vikings mounted a spirited comeback at Blackpool, but had left themselves with too much to do.

Purtill said: “We gave away a couple of soft tries in the first half ­— and against a good team like Leigh you can’t do that.

“We gave ourselves too much to do.

“It was the opposite of the Good Friday game ­— they ran harder than us, had quicker line speed and had more possession as well.

“We have got to be better.

“But this is a young team playing in front of that sort of atmosphere.

“They will learn from that and how to handle the pressure and atmosphere and we will be better in their individual games and come out of it as better players in the long run.

“As a group we can’t sulk.

“We have a lot of games coming up ­— we just have to dust ourselves down and look forward to these games and enjoy what we do.”

Tickets for Sunday’s game against York are on sale to purchase from Wednesday, with a combination offer including #WeSavedOurClub t-shirts also available.

This is the third time the sides will have played this season with both sides having one win each.

Adults can get a match ticket and t-shirt ahead of the clash against James Ford’s side for £25.

Concession and juniors combo offers are also available, at £20 and £15 respectively.

For 2019 season ticket holders who do not have the t-shirt but are interested in purchasing one, the club has put a special offer this week on where adults can get one for just £10, with juniors shirts available at £7.50.

Jack Owens will be serving the second match of his two-game ban for questioning the integrity of a match official in the Challenge Cup loss at Wakefield.

He has been missed by the Vikings.

“With Jack you cannot underestimate the impact he has on that team. Defensively he is key to a lot of what we have done this year in organising his numbers and his positional play has been very good.

“He is sorely missed.

“We miss Anthony Gelling too, but we can’t focus on who is missing we have to look who we have and have to be better,” he said.