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Super League: Denis Betts hails young Widnes Vikings after win
We are not a top-eight side yet but we are on the journey and not too far away.
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Widnes boss Denis Betts was full of praise for his young players after Friday night's 24-4 victory away at Salford.
The Vikings trailed 4-0 at the break but responded with four converted tries in the second half, winger Patrick Ah Van bagging two of them.
The result means Betts' troops finish the campaign with a run of three successive victories - it is the first time they have achieved the feat in Super League.
"It's good to give local lads an opportunity and they did superbly," said the Widnes boss after handing a debut to centre Declan Hulme.
"Danny Craven changed the game when he came on and his kicking game gave us good field position.
"Adam Lawton and Jack Owens are also local lads and I've been told it's the first time we have won three in a row in Super League which is good news.
"It was a tough game and Salford did well in the first half. It wasn't a free flowing game but we made a great start to the second half.
"The players felt at half-time they weren't far away from getting the field position.
"We are not a top-eight side yet but we are on the journey and not too far away."
Salford, meanwhile, will probably be glad to see the back of the 2013 campaign after they suffered a fifth straight reverse.
Gareth Hock, one of 12 new signings announced by the City Reds on Thursday for 2014, made his farewell appearance for Widnes against his future employers - and landed the final conversion for the visitors.
"We were still in the show at half-time but picked up too many knocks," said head coach Brian Noble.
"Jodie Broughton did his hamstring and Theo Fages has a bashed hip but we had a huge dig although made too many errors.
"Kevin Brown's kicking game was better than ours in the second half and he put the ball on a sixpence.
"There are exciting times ahead from tomorrow but we owe a big thank you to the 14 or 15 players who are leaving."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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