A first half hat-trick from talismanic striker Jamie Rainford was enough to see off Cables as Widnes FC took the spoils at the Halton Stadium.
Going into a second consecutive local derby with renewed confidence following the victory over rivals City of Liverpool, Cables were on the front foot early on. Their first opportunity fell to Jordan Southworth who curled a good effort over the bar. Sadly this was as good as it got in the opening 45 minutes for Cables as the home side dominated preceedings. Rainford scored his opening goal on the 10 minute mark after Reece McNally was unable to stop Jack Bannister’s cross finding the head of the Widnes striker. Rainford rose between both centre halves to head past Ollie Taylor and give the ‘Super Whites’ the lead.
One nil became two nil on 24 minutes when Rainford was sent clear following a mistake from Matty Hamilton in midfield. The Widnes striker made no mistake and fired a ferocious half-volley past Taylor.
On the stroke of half time the game was effectively ended as a contest when following a series of calamatous mistakes by the Cables defence, Rainford was left with the simplest of tap-ins to complete his hat-trick.
Half-time saw Rodrigo Schmitdinger Mann introduced in place of the injured Valter Fernandes. The substitute brought a more attacking thread down the right hand side. It was Schmitdinger who produced Cables’ best attacking moment of the game thus far when his shot forced Widnes ‘keeper Terry into a good save.
Fellow substitute Danny Atkins then forced the Widnes ‘keeper into a fine low save to his right hand side before MJ Monaghan headed against the bar from the resulting corner.
The consolation goal that Prescot’s second half performance probably deserved arrived for Cables deep into added time at the end of the game when Josh Klein-Davies and Monaghan found themselves free in the box. Klein-Davies squared the ball to Monaghan to tap home for his second goal in as many games since his return to the club.
Cables XI: Taylor, Fernandes (Schmitdinger 45), McCulloch, Cooper, McNally, Gregory, Myler (Jackson 64), Hamilton, Southworth (Atkins 76), Monaghan, Klein-Davies.
MOTM: Daniel Atkins