WIDNES Vikings boss Steve McCormack is still targeting a top-six spot in The Co-operative National League Division One as he prepares for tomorrow’s home game against Batley.
Looking to kick-start their stuttering season, eighth-placed Vikings have lost three of the their last four league games – including a 38-6 defeat at Celtic Crusaders last time out.
McCormack, who drafts youngsters Paddy Flynn and Matty Strong into his squad, said: “We’ve got seven games to go now and what’s happened in the past has gone.
“We’ve got to get back to our goal of getting into the top six, which was our original aim from the start of the season.”
Second-from-bottom Batley, one place below Widnes, are boosted by Aaron Murphy’s inclusion after boss Gary Thornton completed a loan agreement with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Kevin Crouthers, Ian Preece and Ash Lindsay are all back to 100% fitness following last week’s blank weekend, leaving Thornton in confident mood.
He said: “Widnes are a very good team, they’re full-time, and they’ll be looking to bounce back from that Celtic defeat.
“But we played them early in the season and it was a game we thought we could and should have won and that will give us some hope.
“We’ve got to stop the rot and we seem to play better away from home.”