MATCH PREVIEW: Sens & Lions

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Wild welcome Sens this weekend to mark the first Saturday evening home game as part of a double header weekend, which also includes an away trip to Nottingham on the Sunday.

During the 2013/14, the Widnes Wild vs. Sheffield Senators games became the most unpredictable fixture. Both teams had the potential to show up stronger than their opponent on the day, especially once Deeside had forfeited their play-off position leaving the 5th spot a desirable finish.

With Wild spending the off-season working hard behind the scenes on player acquisitions to build a stronger team for 2014/15, Sheffield were doing exactly the same, and have started the season by sending a message across the Laidler with 5 wins from 7 games, only losing to the current top runners Solihull and Telford.

Wild no.13 and Defenceman Matt Wainwright is aware of the task ahead;

“Sheffield will be a tough game this weekend, they have had a good start to the season picking up some decent results. It will be a good test for us as a team and hopefully show that we are more than capable of competing against the better teams within the league. Both teams have strengthened so should provide a good game and start to a tough series for the season.”

The Saturday night game is a huge game for Wild if they intend to shape their future as a Laidler heavyweight team, but the focus on the Sens game can’t be allowed to over shadow the road trip to Nottingham on the Sunday night.

Lions have been an entertaining watch on Twitter so far this season with close-run games and a defeat to Blackburn Eagles for the opening fixture.

Wild had a great first season against Nottingham who were fresh from being crowned the league champions, Wild taking 5 of the 8 points available from the Lions fixtures provided the perfect spring board to hold a solid position in the league.

Although, it’s still too early yet to see exactly what Lions are bringing to the Laidler this season, we’re only days away from finding out if it will be another entertaining season between the two sides.

Saturday night at home will face-off at 19:00pm, and away to Nottingham at 19:30pm. Details for away travel can be found on Twitter by @WidnesWildOnes

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