The Widnes Wild women’s team are back in competitive action this weekend after a long lay-off when they play Slough Phantoms this Sunday 30th April in the Women’s Premier League away at the temporary Silver Blades rink in Slough.
The game was originally scheduled for the end of February but the main Slough rink had closed by then for major refurbishment works to be carried out and the temporary facility next door was not ready in time for that game to take place. As such, the Wild women haven’t played a league game since the home game against Chelmsford Cobras on 12th February when they played out a thrilling 4-4 draw against the league leaders.
The Widnes team are just outside the play off places at present as they sit in 5th place in the league table with 6 points from their 9 games to date. They have three games left to play – all away from home – and Sunday’s game at Slough is crucial as they are one of the two teams that the Wild women can overtake if results go their way.
The Phantoms are in 4th place in the WPL table with 10 points from their 9 games and their remaining three games are all at home – which gives them a significant advantage in the play-off run in.
Looking ahead to the game at Slough, coach Owen Tennant said:
“The team and I have been working hard on how we will approach the remaining games this season. We are pushing for a playoff spot which I believe we can get. I have addressed certain aspects of the game that I believe to be vital to us coming away with the win by tailoring drills to meet these criteria.
If the girls can implement these in the remaining games then I’m sure we will get goals. The progress over the past few weeks in particular has been good and I am confident that we can come away with the win on Sunday.”
Following the game on Sunday, the Widnes Wild women’s team have two more league games – away at Milton Keynes Falcons on 7th May and then playing Kingston Diamonds in Hull on 27th May.
If they can manage to finish in the top 4, they will qualify for the end of season play off weekend which will be held at iceSheffield on 4th and 5th June and will feature the top teams from the Women’s Premier League, Women’s Elite League, National Divisions North & South and Under 16s leagues.
Report by Paul Breeze (www.icehockeyreview.co.uk)