The Wild in action away at Nottingham in the NIHL North Cup. (Photo by Richard Davies / Chud Photography)
The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild rounded off their otherwise successful NIHL North Cup campaign with a 7-4 defeat away to Nottingham Lions on Sunday.
After all of Saturday’s effort and excitement, this game turned out to be a bit of an anticlimax. Apart from the bragging rights from winning the match, neither side had anything to play for in terms of leagues and cups – Nottingham had lost 7-4 away to Sheffield the day before and were already confirmed as finishing in bottom place and Widnes confirmed as top after their win over Blackburn.
However, turning the form book somewhat on its head, Nottingham scored first with a goal in the 10th Minute and doubled their lead some 60 seconds later.
They went 3-0 up with a goal right at the start of the second period and it wasn’t until the 25th minute that the Wild finally opened their account with a powerplay strike from Joe Coulter. Three more goals in the period gave the Lions a commanding lead and, although Widnes pulled another one back through Dani Haid on 38 minutes, they had really left themselves too much to do in the final 20 minutes.
Haid fired in two more goals in the third period for a hat trick but Nottingham also scored once again and the score ended up at 7-4 to the Lions.
It was a bit of a disappointment not to round off the tournament on a winning note but for the Wild to win 4 games out of 6, do the “double” over the Blackburn Hawks for the first time ever, and win the NIHL North Cup for the first time as well is plenty to celebrate.
- Sunday 28th March 2021 – NIHL North Cup
- Nottingham Lions 7 – YKK Widnes Wild 4
- Period Scores: 2-0, 4-2, 1-2
- Shots on Goal: Nottingham 34 – Widnes 38 (10-12, 14-7, 6-19)
- Penalties In Minutes: Nottingham 8 – Widnes 4
- Match Officials: Craig Williams (Referee), Scott Anstey & Thomas Horner (Linesmen)
- Match Report by Paul Breeze
- Photos by Richard Davies (Chud Photography)