Accrington Panthers faced second-placed Widnes West Bank Bears in a rescheduled fixture.
After a prolonged period of no play captain Andy Watson was keen to get back into the fold.
With a few players missing coach Kevin O’Rourke called upon Josh Day and James Howorth to take up the vital prop roles.
Dominic Seddon also came into the starting line-up to replace Marlon Murray who moved into the centre.
Conditions were heavy underfoot with continual rain throughout the match.
Accrington started badly with two drop balls giving possession to the Bears and within minutes of the start Widnes had touched down out wide in the corner.
Widnes upped their game from the restart and, but for a couple of drop balls, could easily have scored two more additional tries.
Accrington kicked well on occasions to gain field positioning only to either give away a penalty or hand over possession.
Finally on 20 minutes after a decent set of six, Roy Clarkson gave a good pass to Anthony Gudgeon who slipped through the defence to post a try next to the posts. The conversion was kicked by Watson for Accrington to take the lead at 6-4.
Again from the restart Accrington fumbled to gift a try to Widnes and then again three minutes later a further drop ball again gifted the home side yet another try.
On 30 minutes, Widnes found space out wide to beat some flimsy defence and skip to a 20-6 lead at half-time.
Early in the second half, O’Rourke infringed in the tackle and a sin bin offence left Accrington with only 12 players.
Widnes took advantage of the extra man and posted three additional tries in the space of eight minutes to put the game beyond reach of the visitors as they led 34-6.
The scoreboard looked one-sided with the major difference being the number of drop balls from Accrington rather than the skill, and on 61 minutes, Ross Brown finally forced his way over for his first try of the season.
The last 20 minutes was scoreless with some brutal tackling from both sides.
Ryan Pearson relished the conditions and was rewarded with the Man of the Match award.
Mark Brindle and Roy Clarkson also gave decent performances.
The Panthers next host Irlam Hornets in the return fixture looking to avenge the first round defeat. The match kicks off at 2.30pm at Livingstone Road on Saturday.