The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild will be looking to continue their winning start to the new season when they entertain the Telford Tigers in their next NIHL North Division 2 (Laidler) game this Sunday 10th September at Silver Blades Widnes.
The Wild currently sit top of the league table at this early stage of the new season with two wins from their two league games to date, having won 0-5 away at Bradford Bulldogs last Saturday and then 5-2 at home to Coventry Blaze on Sunday.
The Tigers club had a turbulent summer following the collapse of the EPL and the disbanding of the senior Telford team and, following the realignment of the divisions, this new N2 team is a bit of an unknown quantity. They have one win from their two league games to date – losing 8-1 to possible title challengers Altrincham Aces last Saturday before beating the new Deeside Dragons N2 team 16-1 on Sunday.
Players to watch in the Tigers N2 team are Karol Jets, who scored 4+4 last weekend against the Dragons, and defenceman Joe Gilbert who played over 30 games for Widnes over the past two seasons.
Looking back on last weekend’s games, Widnes Wild player coach Ollie Barron said:
“It was good to get back into league action and get the season underway. On Saturday we travelled to Bradford missing Nick Manning, Elvis Veldze and Danny Bullock. Bradford is always a difficult game, they have improved their roster this season, so we knew we had to be switched on and ready to play hard and battle for 60 minutes. To take the 2 points was the main objective, however I was really pleased with how we played for each other to take the game 5-0. I was particularly impressed with Matt Croyle, he made some impressive saves and played the puck really well and he deserved his Man of The Match.
“On Sunday, we returned to Widnes to face the Coventry Blaze, who have added a number of good young players. I felt we were comfortable taking a 4-0 lead. Credit to the Blaze for their work ethic to get back into the game at 4-2, before we secured the points scoring a late 5th goal. Overall I am pleased with the opening weekend.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s game against Telford, Barron said:
“I look forward to welcoming the Telford Tigers to Widnes on Sunday, which should be another good game. Telford will be a good test. They have a number of dangerous players, and should prove to be strong opposition after coming into our league from the Moralee division last season.”
“Thanks to all the fans who travelled to Bradford and supported us vs Coventry, I look forward to seeing you all cheering on the boys this weekend.”
The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild entertain Telford Tigers in an NIHL North Division 2 (Laidler) match this Sunday 10th September 2017 at Silver Blades Widnes. Face off is at 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45.
Report by Paul Breeze (www.icehockeyreview.co.uk)