Widnes 10, Fleetwood 34: WIDNES are not allowing their heads to drop despite the continuing search for that elusive first win in Powergen North Two West.
Joint coaches, Jimmy O'Neil and Paul Newall could not complain at the effort from their team.
The outcome of an entertaining game was decided by three main passages of play, which saw the visitors run in four tries from distance for victory.
Widnes were slow out of the blocks, and after five minutes Fleet-wood wing forward Fairbrother grabbed a try which Betty improved.
The hosts had another close call as Fleetwood crossed from 70 metres, only to be called back by a linesman for an earlier foot in touch.
As Widnes began to wake from their slumbers, Phil Glover kicked a penalty.
From the re-start, however, Fleet-wood's expansive game brought further reward as scrum-half Clark raced in for their second try.
Widnes regained some momentum with Paul Borg unfortunate to be pulled back by the referee for accidental offside as he broke cleanly down centrefield.
But on 33 minutes, a great break from full-back Andy O'Neill saw Riley tackled short. Peter Logan then ghosted through from the resulting scrummage.
With Phil Glover adding the two points, the game was evenly balance at 10-12 at half-time.
The key spell was in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
As Fleetwood's apparent invincibility began to evaporate, Widnes piled on the pressure through their outstanding pack - particularly Lambrecht, Preston, Alderson and Mark Field.
Full-back Jackson intelligently kicked over the top, regaining possession to feed winger Jackson who raced in from 40 metres.
Back came Widnes, however, for the referee to award them three successive penalties, all of which sailed wide although kickable.
It was almost inevitable Fleetwood would counter once again, and they did so in fine style as the pace of winger Matty Betty and centre Webster turned the Wids defence and two more tries were scored.
In the dying moments, Fleetwood rounded matters off with a penalty. Widnes 2nd 15 Wigan 11: Widnes 2nds warmed up for the Miller Homes Cup quarter-finals this Saturday with a hard-fought victory which keeps them in touch with the league leaders.
They can expect another tough encounter at home to Sandbach (ko 2.30pm) with the South Cheshire side lying fourth in the league.
Missing several regulars, Wids had travelled to Wigan in apprehensive mood - knowing full well this local derby would be hotlycontested.
Wigan scored an eighth-minute converted try on the back of a rampaging 30-metre run by their No 8.
After initially making little headway against dominant opponents, Widnes began to have more success.
Led by Edwards, Koo and Clive Winstanley, the forwards laid a sound attacking platform and the mercurial Cookson dummied through to score.
Leedam converted from under the posts to give Widnes, who had bossed the lineouts through Hodge, a 7-5 interval lead.
A highly-charged game erupted with several second-half skirmishes as Wigan became frustrated at the Wids retaining possession for long spells.
Fretwell and Leedam made promising breaks in the centres while Cookson always looked dangerous with ball in hand.
Relentless pressure was finally rewarded when Brick forced his way over.
Leedam landed a penalty with two such kicks from Wigan completing the scoring.
Kendal U18s 17 Widnes U18s 15:
Lancashire Colts Cup quarter-final scores were tied 10-10 at the break despite the Wids twice leading through tries from wingers Martin King and Justin Winstanley.
Winstanley then went in for his second but with five minutes left, Kendal grabbed a controversial converted try against the run of play.
Riley was just short with a Wids penalty kick two minutes from time.
The Heath Road team now focus on a home fixture this Sunday (February 5) against Stockton in the North Division of the English Colts Knockout Plate (ko 2pm).