Widnes won their opening game in the NIHL North Cup 3-9 away in Blackburn at the end of February. (Photo by Steve Pollitt).
The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild have the chance of lifting the NIHL North Cup this weekend – but they have two tough games ahead of them, playing Blackburn Hawks at home on Saturday (1pm face off) and then Nottingham Lions away on Sunday (4pm face off).
Blackburn currently lead the cup table group with 8 points from 5 games while the Wild are in second with 6 points from 4 games. A regulation win for Widnes on Saturday against the Hawks would draw them level on points and place them in top spot by virtue of superior results between the two teams.
A subsequent win away to bottom club Nottingham on Sunday would see Widnes finish two points clear of Blackburn at the top once they had completed their full schedule of matches.
However, there are other permutations that could come into play. If Saturday’s game went to overtime and Blackburn got a point for an “overtime loss”, Widnes would then have to win away at Nottingham on Sunday to win the cup.
These cup games are being played behind closed doors under strict safety protocols as part of the EIHA’s “Return to Play” strategy. As such no spectators are allowed into the venue to watch but Saturday’s home game will be live-streamed over the internet by BASN – and also covered on the Wild’s official Twitter feed, so there is no need for anybody to miss out on the action.
The livestream is free to view but the Widnes club are inviting supporters to make a donation to the Runcorn-based Halton Haven Hospice.
The other game this Saturday sees bottom team Nottingham Lions travel to take on the Sheffield Scimitars in a 4pm face off and that game can also be viewed live on the internet, as can the Wild’s game away to Nottingham on Sunday.
Don’t forget that the clocks change this weekend!