Grimsby 3 – Wild Women 8

Wild women team captain Emma Pearson is currently the league’s top points scorer with 17 goals and 8 assists.  (Photo by Geoff White)

Saturday 11th January 2020: Grimsby Wolves 3 – Widnes Wild Women 8 (Div 1 North)

The Widnes Wild women’s team moved to the top of the Division 1 North table after a comprehensive 3 – 8 victory away to Grimsby Wolves on Saturday.

It was the Wild Women’s first ever game at the Lincolnshire rink and the Wild Women didn’t seem to be overly troubled by the venue’s famously compact ice pad.

Despite significantly out-shooting the hosts throughout the game, it took the Wild Women almost six minutes to take the lead with a well-taken strike from Leen de Decker. The advantage was doubled four minutes later with a goal from team captain Emma Pearson but the Wolves pulled a goal back with just 80 seconds left in the first period to keep the game close at the first break.

A second goal for Pearson just eleven seconds into the second period, then a second goal for de Decker and a debut goal at the half-way point in the game for Shannon Holt – playing only her second ever competitive match – effectively put the game out of the reach of the Grimsby team and the Wild Women were able to enjoy a 1 – 5 lead at the second period break.

A goal for Sav Sumner in the 46th minute edged Widnes further ahead and then the Wolves scored their second goal of the game just short of 48 minutes. Two more goals for the Wild Women – a short-handed strike on 54 minutes by Emma Pearson to give her her hat-trick and then a hat-trick goal for Leen de Decker with just 90 seconds left to go in the game saw the Wild Women coasting towards victory.

A third goal for Grimsby with just one second left on the clock gave the home side something to cheer about but it was the Wild Women who went home happiest and they now move two points clear of the chasing pack at the top of the league table, albeit having now played more games.

Shannon Holt received the “Spirit of the Game” award for the Most Valued Player and Emma Pearson now tops the scoring standings for the Division with 17 goals and 8 assists from 6 games.

The Wild Women now have five weeks before their next league game on Sunday 16th February, when they take on the Grimsby Wolves at home at Planet Ice Widnes.

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