The RTL sponsored Widnes Wild face their second tough test in as many games as they travel to Humberside this Sunday 14th January to face the Hull Jets in a 5.15pm face off at Hull Arena.
The table-topping Wild have a two-point advantage over Hull who are in second place but have a game in hand. It is only the second meeting between the two teams this season. Hull beat the Wild 4-6 back at the end of November at Silver Blades Widnes and had been leading the Laidler Division table until last weekend when they lost away to Telford Tigers, ending an impressive run of 12 consecutive wins.
The Jets will have the opportunity to regain top spot on Saturday when they play Bradford Bulldogs, which would then give the Sunday game against the Wild even more significance.
Widnes won their first two games of 2018, beating an under-strength Deeside Dragons development team 2-22 last Saturday and then picking up a crucial 7-2 home win over fellow title contenders Altrincham Aces on Sunday night.
In fact, the next two games for the Wild could have a huge bearing on Widnes’ title hopes as, following on from Sunday’s game at Hull, they are away next Saturday to Sutton Sting – who are the fourth in the cluster of teams locked together at the top of the table on a similar number of points – but who have games on hand over all of the teams above them.
The Wild are next at home on Sunday 21st January 2017 when they entertain the Bradford Bulldogs at Silver Blades Widnes in a 5.30pm face-off game.
While the men’s side are away in Hull, the Widnes Wild women’s team are in action at home this Sunday 14th January when they entertain league leaders Chelmsford Cobras in the Women’s Premier League at Silver Blades Widnes.
The Cobras finished second in the league last season and have won all 5 of their league games this season so far, conceding only three goals in the process.
The Wild women are currently fifth in the WPL table and picked up their first win of the season with a 0-2 win away at Nottingham Vipers in mid-December.
The game faces off at 5.30pm.