Chris Gee (#46) celebrates the Wild goal in the 1-3 home cup defeat to Sutton. (Photo by Geoff White)
Please note that due to unavoidable circumstances, the YKK Widnes Wild’s home game against Hull Jets this Sunday 22nd December has been postponed and will be re-arranged for a date in the new year.
The Wild’s away game against Blackburn Hawks 2 that was originally scheduled for Saturday 28th December has also been moved – to Saturday 29th February 2020. The Wild’s home game against the Hawks 2 on Sunday 29th December is still very much on – 5.30 p.m. face off.
The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild travel to face Moralee Division Sutton Sting in their last NIHL Midland Cup game this Saturday 21st December at Ice Sheffield – 7.30 p.m. face off.
Sutton narrowly won the first game in Widnes 1 – 3 back in October but, since then, the Wild have gone on to pick up competitive points for the first time against higher league opposition Blackburn Hawks and Nottingham Lions in the Cup, so anything is possible.
Looking ahead to the game YKK Widnes Wild Head Coach Mike Clancy said:
“I really thought we competed very well in the home game against Sutton until they put two goals past us in the last 5 minutes.”
“For much of the time it was a 1 – 1 game that could have gone either way and I think, with a few players back in the team once again, I will review Colin’s video and see what went right and what went wrong in that match and see if we can go there and do a little bit more than just compete. I see Sutton as an opportunity to get that win against a higher division team.”
Widnes Wild Women
The Widnes Wild women’s team also travel to Sheffield on Saturday to play against the Sheffield Shadows at Ice Sheffield – face off 2.35 p.m. The Wild Women are currently level in the league table with the Shadows on 4 points each, although the Shadows team have played more matches. Widnes beat league leaders Solway Sharks Ladies 9 – 5 in their last game and, having already beaten Sheffield 7 – 2 in the league, will be hopeful of ending the year on a high note.
It just so happens that the Wild Under 18 team are also playing away at Ice Sheffield on Saturday, 21st December when they take on the Sutton Under 18s Team – 5.50 p.m. face off.
This offers the unusual opportunity for fans to enjoy a Widnes Wild triple bill with back-to-back games featuring Wild Women, Under 18s and then the Wild NIHL Team in action on the same day.
The Wild Under 18s drew their first game against Sutton 1 – 1 at home in Widnes at the end of September. Sutton are fifth in the Under 18s Division 2 league table with just 2 wins and 1 draw from nine games and, with the Wild just 2 points behind, following their first win of the season away to Deeside two weeks ago, they must feel they have every chance of picking up a result.
For any fans who are unable to travel to Sheffield on Saturday, the Wild Academy Under 13s and Under 15s teams are both in action at home at Planet Ice Widnes.
The Under 13s team are at home to Manchester Storm Under 13 team – 6.15 p.m. face off.
The Wild Under 13s are having a very good season so far, with three wins and one draw out of their five league games to date. They have not yet played against Manchester this season and, with the Storm sitting just one place above them in the league table, this could be a very competitive game.
The Wild Academy Under 15s team are at home to Blackburn Under 15s at Planet Ice, Widnes, 7.45 p.m. face off.
Admission to all Academy home games is free and fans are urged to come along and cheer on the Wild stars of the future.
The Wild Under 9s team travel to Bradford on Sunday 22nd December to take part in a cross ice tournament.