Wids kept the game close despite missing 11 players and having four U16s on debut.
Jamie Clare had an outstanding first game and was voted the Wyko Transline man-of-the-match.
Widnes had taken the lead when Hatton jinked his way over.
Then Clare broke two tackles to score near the posts for Morgan to goal.
Bowdon hit back via a penalty goal to which they added a try.
Hetherington, Varley, Hurstfield and McMuldroch worked hard in the Wids pack, but with little reward.
Bowdon took the lead with 10 minutes left and, despite the efforts of Semple and Clark, Widnes could not get over again.