The Wild lost 2-3 at home to Nottingham Lions in their previous Midland Cup game. (Photo by Geoff White)
The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild face a tough challenge this Sunday 13th October when they take on Moralee Division Solihull Barons in the Midland Cup at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30 p.m. face off.
The last time the Wild played the Barons in a competitive game was in the 2015 Laidler Division Play Offs, where they lost to the back-to-back champions in the semi final. Since taking promotion to the Moralee Division, Solihull have firmly established themselves as a competitive side – unlike other teams who have stepped up and struggled in recent seasons.
The Barons have had a very good start to the new season winning 7 of their 8 challenge, league and cup games to date – the only defeat coming by a single goal away to Solway Sharks in Dumfries in the league last Saturday.
Widnes have had a somewhat more turbulent start to the season, having elected to take part in the Midland Cup against higher league opposition, while also aiming to defend the Laidler Division title that they won last time round.
They lost 6 – 1 away to Blackburn Hawks in the Cup back in September and then very narrowly lost 2 – 3 at home to Nottingham Lions a fortnight ago. However, these types of games are a crucial part of Wild head coach Mike Clancy’s 3-year plan to build a Widnes team that is capable of competing at a higher level on a regular basis.
The game on Sunday faces off at 5.30 p.m. and doors open at 4.45 p.m.
Wild Academy Under 18s Team
The Wild Academy Under 18 Team are in action on Sunday, away to the Solihull Under 18 team.
Solihull are currently third in the Under 18 league table, with 2 wins from their 4 games to date. They won 5 – 10 in Widnes back in September in what was the Wild Under 18s first ever home game but the Widnes youngsters have 2 more games under their belts since then and are increasingly gelling together as a competitive unit with every match they play.
The U18 game in Solihull faces off at 5.30 p.m.