After a weekend without a game, the RTL sponsored Widnes Wild are back in action this Sunday 10th December when they face Bradford Bulldogs at Silver Blades Widnes.
The Wild be hoping to get back to winning ways after they lost their last two games – away to Sheffield Senators and at home to Hull Jets two weeks ago. Following two more impressive wins last weekend, the Jets have overtaken the Wild and have now moved into second place in the Laidler Division table, two points ahead of Widnes but having played a game more.
League leaders Altrincham Aces have also had some unexpected losses in recent weeks but they beat the Wild’s next opponents Bradford 8-3 last Sunday to remain 1 point clear at the top of the table.
Widnes have only played the Bulldogs once this season so far – when they beat them 0-5 away in Bradford in the first match of the Laidler Division season back in early September. The Bradford side are currently in 7th place in the league table with 7 wins from their 17 games to date. They picked up a couple of impressive victories earlier in the season against Hull Jets and Sheffield Senators but since then their only points have come from games against the league’s two development teams from Blackburn and Deeside.
The Bradford club has an outstanding junior development set up and always produces quality local players. The Bulldogs top scorer this season so far is Ryan Kemp with 16+11 in 15 games. The roster also includes Reece Cairney-Witter who played 4 seasons in the Moralee Division with Blackburn Hawks and Sutton Sting, Miles Dacres – who has also made appearances for Blackburn and Sutton and also played in Manchester Phoenix’s last ever EPL game at Widnes – and former Wild player Mark Higson.
Widnes’ early season signing Matty Barlow played for the Bradford under-16 and under-18 teams as well as making 33 appearances for the senior Bulldogs before moving across the Pennines.
As it is the last home game before Christmas, the Wild’s match on Sunday against the Bulldogs will be the occasion for the club’s annual “Air The Bear” teddy toss where fans are asked to bring along soft toys to be donated to local charities and good causes. During the first period break, a signal will be given and everybody will throw their soft toys onto the ice for collection – so all toys need to be protectively wrapped so that they don’t get water damaged!
The RTL sponsored Widnes Wild take on the Bradford Bulldogs this Sunday 10th December at Silver Blades Widnes. Face off is at 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk