Wirral 36 Widnes 10: DESPITE not finishing on the high they wanted, Widnes have bounced back from last season's relegation to end a highly-creditable sixth in South Lancs/ North Cheshire 1.
Officials believe the club to be in its strongest position since the advent of professional rugby and great things are expected in the not-too-distant future.
Coach Lee McDermott said: 'I am absolutely delighted with the performances of the players this season.
'To finish in sixth place in a league as difficult as this one has been a fantastic achievement.
'Everything is looking good at the club and everyone is already looking forward to Se ptember.'
After a promising start to their final campaign game, in which Farmer and Wilde were prominent, Widnes fell behind to a Wirral try.
Two further quick scores left the visitors trailing 19-0.
Widnes regained composure and veteran winger Tommy Ledson scored a try after Richie Barraclough and Andy Riley had created space.
Then, on the stroke of half-time, captain Paul Borg further reduced the arrears with the visitors' second try after good work from scrum-half Andy O'Neill.
At 19-10, it was game on again. But the hosts restored their lead with another try and conversion immediately after the b re a k .
Widnes were guilty of coughing up possession at critical moments but were also to rue the disallowing of two tries from Borg when the referee was unsighted.
After that, there was no way back for Widnes, and Wirral wrapped things up with two late tries to make the scoreline lopsided.
Widnes 2nd 19 Wirral 2nd 21: WIDNES seconds' misfortune over the season was summed up when they were pipped at the post after leading for much of the second half.
Wirral had scored a try in the first few minutes to lead 7-0, before John Parker touched down after sustained pressure from the Widnes forwards.
Mark Loughnane put the Heath Roaders in front from a rampaging run by Matty Buckle. Mark Whitfield's conversion made it 12-7.
Wirral grabbed back the initiative with a try on the stroke of the interval to lead 14-12.
Widnes then began to dominate with Andy Ruane and newcomers Neils Nieuwerhuis and Stefan Wiehman outstanding.
Mark Whitfield restored the home lead with a self-converted try.
But as Widnes piled on the pressure, the ball came loose and the Wirral winger reacted first to pick up and race 75 yards for the match winner.
Widnes U17s 36 Ormskirk U17s 5: WIDNES rounded off as comfortable winners, Joe Clark scoring first after neat passing from Grimes and Harrison. Morgan extended the lead after good work from Christian and Dennett.
Grimes combined with Winstanley to touch down, Varley adding a fourth try from 70 yards.
Morgan converted twice to leave Wids 24-0 up.
Ormskirk crossed for a deserved try five minutes into the second half.
But Wids responded through Willow Painting MoM Nathan Williamson, who was driven over from a five-yard lineout. Phil Harrison added the goal from the touchline. Semple went in for the Red and Blacks' final try to complete an excellent season for U17s.