Wild’s Jakub Hajek in action against Sutton Sting in the last meeting between the two teams (Photo by Geoff White).
The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild are back on the Midland Cup trail this weekend, when they take on Moralee Division Sutton Sting this Sunday 20th October at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30 p.m. face off.
The Wild have played the Sting several times in recent seasons – most notably the 2017/2018 Laidler Division Season, when Sutton won the league title but Widnes actually ended the season with the better playing record between the two teams. The Wild won three of the four league encounters against Sutton and also beat them in the memorable Play Off final at Planet Ice Widnes that April.
However, the most recent meeting between the two teams saw the Wild suffer a 2–9 defeat in a pre-season Challenge match in September last year. At that time, the Sting were building up for a season in the higher Moralee Division and had a much stronger side than the Wild had seen off in the Play Offs.
This season, the Sting have had a slow start – winning just 1 of their 3 Moralee Division games to date and occupying a lower mid table league position. They have fared better in the Midland Cup, winning at home to Blackburn Hawks and Nottingham Lions and they sit joint top of the qualifying group, along with Solihull Barons.
The game on Sunday will be a useful test for the Wild, as they look to gauge the difference in levels of competition between the two Divisions as part of Head Coach Mike Clancy’s 3-year plan.
Wild summer signing Peter Toth will come up against his former team mates and the Sting squad this season includes import Adrian Palak, who iced for Deeside Dragons a few years ago, as well as former Wild player George Crawshaw.
The game faces off at 5.30 pm and doors open at 4.45 pm.
The Wild Academy Under 18 team are in action away to Nottingham Under 18s this Saturday 19th October – 5.40 p.m. face off.
Nottingham are a bit of an unknown quantity this season, as they have only played 1 league game so far, beating Deeside Dragons Under 18 Team 7 – 1, but trips to Nottingham are always a challenge and this will be another tough test for the Wild youngsters in their debut season.
The Wild Academy Under 15 Team play their second game of the season on Saturday away to Blackburn – 6.15 p.m. face off.
The Widnes Under 15s beat Blackburn 10 – 7 in their opening game at the start of September and will be hoping to build on that performance at the weekend. They are currently second in the Under 15 North Division 3 league table, 4 points behind Deeside Dragons who have played two games more.