WIDNES Vikings are 80 minutes away from their first trip to Wembley since 1993.

But they have what has become an increasingly formidable hurdle in front of them with John Duffy’s rejuvenated Leigh Centurions in the semi-finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.

The Vikings make the short trip to the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 28 July (4pm kick-off).

Vikings beat 30-12 Leigh on Good Friday, but suffered a reverse at the Bash.

And Leigh have bolstered their ranks in recent weeks, adding Junior Sa’u, Adam Higson and Mitch Clark to their ranks.

But Vikings can draw confidence from their hugely improved display against Championship league leaders Toronto Wolfpack last Sunday.

Widnes, in their Chemics days, were effectively twinned with Wembley - visiting the national stadium with routine regularity, 1975, 76, 77, 79, 81, 82 and 84. Their last appearance at the old stadium saw a side featuring Jonathan Davies and Bobbie Goulding lose to Wigan in 1993.

They have visited Challenge Cup semis since, but this is a glorious chance to get the showpiece final where, if they win, they would play either Sheffield or Batley after the main event.

Widnes have been allocated the South Stand, which is unreserved seating behind the sticks, with tickets only available from the Club Shop and not online.

Kieron Purtill’s side will be hoping to see an army of supporters behind them to roar them to Wembley.