The RTL sponsored Widnes Wild are back in Laidler Conference action on Saturday after a weekend without a game and they will be looking to extend their 100% start to the season with a game away at Bradford Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs have yet to play a league game this season but they did narrowly lose out to newly promoted Moralee Conference outfit Deeside Dragons 7-4 in a challenge match at the end of August and so could be a force to be reckoned with.
The Wild won their opening fixture 8-1 at home to Hull Jets at Silver Blades Widnes 10 days ago and player coach Ollie Barron is pleased with how his new-look team is shaping up.
He said: “It was great to get the season started with a win, in front of a big crowd. I was pleased with the quick start; we created good goal scoring chances while keeping the defensive zone tight. We did run in to some penalty trouble, some of which were avoidable and that’s one thing we need to be more disciplined with, one thing I am keen for us to do is to run quick shifts playing 4 line hockey.
Overall scoring 8 goals from 7 different scorers was a big positive, it’s important to have depth across all lines, Its only our third game together as a new group and we are still implementing new systems and playing styles, so I am pleased with the start.”
Looking ahead to the game at Bradford, Ollie said: “I am hoping the few players we had missing will be back so we are stronger going into the next game. I can also confirm we are looking at bringing in one extra D-man to further strengthen our squad for the season.
Thanks for the home support. I hope to see some travelling fans over in Bradford cheering us on come Saturday.”
The game at Bradford’s Little Horton Lane venue (BD5 0AD) faces off at 5pm this Saturday 17th September.
The Wild are away again the following Saturday – 24th September – at Hull in a 5.15pm face off and the next home game at Silver Blades Widnes is on Sunday 25th September – also against Bradford – face off 5.30pm.
Photo: Player Coach Ollie Barron celebrates a goal against Hull Jets with teammates. (Credit – Geoff White – www.gw-images.com)