The Widnes Wild women’s team came back from the Lace City on the wrong end of an 11-2 defeat, having lost to the Nottingham Vipers in the Women’s Premier League on Sunday.
As with their previous games, this result needs to be put into context as half of the Wild team had never even played competitive hockey before this September and, as such, this season should be looked upon as one of player development and team re-building.
That being the case, one of the most pleasing aspects was to see new players Jemma Brown, Elizabeth Loss and Laura Marcroft all getting on the scoresheet with an assist each.
The Vipers have a very strong line-up this season with a few Team GB internationals and some overseas players on their roster and it was Canadian Robin Mullen who did the most damage scoring 4+2 for Nottingham with Czech-born Renata Mudrakova adding 2+2 and hockey gene rich Jessica Urquhart 2+1.
Amanda Williams scored her first goal of the season for the Wild after 12 minutes to pull the score back 3-1 and then added her second in the 55th minute to round off the scoring for the game.
After the game, Amanda said:
“Nottingham are a much stronger side this season. We knew this going into the game but continued our season’s aim of developing new players and therefore we still played 4-line hockey.”
“The team played a well-disciplined game and there was some brilliant offensive play. Several players had stand out performances, but Philippa Wheeler earnt the MVP for a great game against her former team. We’ve lots to work on, but it’s very pleasing to see the benefits of our on-ice training and crossfit sessions coming across in games.”
The Wild women are away to Kingston Diamonds in Hull on Sunday 11th November and then have their first home game of the season when they host the Whitley Bay Squaws on Sunday 9th December at Planet Ice Widnes – face off 5.30pm.
Sunday 28th October 2018 – Women’s Premier League
Nottingham Vipers 11 – Widnes Wild Women’s Team 2
Period Scores: 4-1, 4-0, 3-1
Shots on Goal: Nottingham 73 – Widnes 20 (30-4, 11-9, 32-7)
Penalties In Minutes: Nottingham 6 – Widnes 4
Widnes Scoring: Amanda Williams 2+0, Jemma Brown, Elizabeth Loss & Laura Marcroft all 0+1
Match Officials: Juris Susters – Referee, Scott Ellis – Linesman, Lee Bentham – Linesman
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk
Photos by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com and Steve Fairclough