WIDNES travelled to Cornwall on the morning of this National Plate quarter-final with the only 18 players available.
But this tie will live long in the memory as one of the most-spirited perfomances in the face of adversity.
Wids go through as away team. Semi-final opponents are Devonport Services, a Plymouth-based Royal Navy/Marines club.
Pumped-up opposition and an intimidating crowd were met by a top-drawer performance in all departments.
This ranged from a brave display by Webb at full-back right through to an awesome effort from number eight Critchley.
Captain Glover ensured that, in a gale and rain-swept first half, Widnes survived everything thrown at them.
Barrett and Spencer even managed some lively breaks in the centres and the Wids approached half-time just three points adrift.
Then up stepped Glover to slot over a vital penalty.
The home crowd clearly expected Widnes to fold but Wilde, Chambers and Company had other ideas.
With the outstanding Loughnane shaking off a shoulder injury while Murnane and Elwell continued to match the home side, Wids' character was shining through.
Stafford, Mc-Greevey, Duffy and indeed everyone in the side were battling for each other.
Shabazi and Doran entered the fray and scrum-half Highfield took a knock but noone in the Wids side was leaving this game.
With 15 minutes to go Critchley marshalled a last effort from the forwards. Glover, along with centres Barrett and Spencer, tackled everyone who came their way.
Hooker Brick shook off a bang with only minutes to go.
With all in the crowd on their feet, the final whistle sent Widnes wild with delight.