ALTHOUGH Lee McDermott's Widnes have had the luxury of a free weekend, the coach has been busy preparing for their last league game of the season at Wirral.
Wirral, who have been vying for a promotion spot all year, need to win to get runners-up spot ahead of Leigh.
Widnes, on the crest of a wave with five wins in their last seven games, are looking to go one better on the 26-all draw between the two teams at Heath Road earlier in the season.
As McDermott approaches the end of his first year in charge of the senior team at the club, the coach is reflecting on a job well done.
He said: 'The players have had a fantastic season so far and it would put the icing on the cake if we could turn Wirral over on Saturday.
'Players such as Ben 'Taff ' Glover and Karl Shingler have been great examples to everyone.
'I am very excited about the future of this club and next season can't come round quickly enough.
'We now have a big and very exciting squad of players with a good blend of youth and experience and with the right attitude.
'Players want to play for this club now. If we can continue with the steady progress we are making, then I think that this club has a very bright future indeed.'
Saturday's teams 1st (v Wirral, away, meet 12.30pm, coach travel): A Riley, K Leadbetter, G Riley, P Glover, T Ledson, A McIntosh, A O'Neill, L Wilde, B Glover, L Morton, T Farmer, R Barraclough, K Shingler, K Farrow, P Borg. Reps: M Buckle, R Critchley, S Alderson.
2nd (v Wirral, home, meet 1.30pm): From G Hatton, A Higham, M Whitfield, C Morgan, K McGreevey, J Parker, N Nieuwenhuis, D Dyer, A Loughnane, S Duffy, M Loughnane, C Clarke, S Bruce, S Wiehman, J Winstanley, S Morgan, S Morgan, J Hetherington, D Godwin, P Harrison.
3rd (v Wirral, away, meet 12.30pm prompt, coach travel):
From N Goulding, M Griffiths, S Burger, R Clarke, G Owens, I Lead-better, A Wright, A Molloy, C Win-stanley, D Carr, R Council, C Good-fellow, J Clark, S Clark, M Koo, D Breeden, S Flynn, G Riley, C Jenkins, J Witter. n The Colts entertain Ormskirk on Sunday (ko 12.30pm). n A makeshift Widnes XV went down 54-17 to fine West Park (St Helens) hosts on Saturday.
They were second best through out the game as the home side showed plenty of pace in running the ball at every opportunity.
Widnes played their part with tries from props Liam Wilde and Clive Winstanley plus centre Joe Clark.
A Moore XV edged a highly entertaining friendly of fluctuating fortunes against their Helsby counterparts 34-32.
Helsby took an early lead from a turnover and while Moore hit back quickly through their forwards, failure to touch down in goal allowed the visitors to go ahead again.
Moore crossed twice more but a converted try saw Helsby trail by just two points at the break.
Another Moore try came early in the second half but the visitors hit back again get to within two points - only for Moore to get over again.
Helsby converted a penalty and then got a try to lead by a single point, but a Moore penalty goal settled it.