The Widnes Wild women’s team put in a good performance in their Women’s Premier League game against reigning play off champions Milton Keynes Falcons before eventually running out of steam in a 4-6 defeat at Silver Blades Widnes on Sunday.
The first period was a rather one-sided affair with the home side being out-shot by 22 to 4 but they managed to hold out until the 12th minute of play before Monica Petrosino opened the scoring for the Falcons.
Thanks to some solid defending by the Wild women – and excellent saves by netminder Rebekah Scott, the score was still 0-1 at the first period break, leaving Widnes still in with a chance of making something of the game.
When Milton Keynes top scorer Rachel Piotrowski put the Falcons 0-2 ahead in the very first minute of the second period, it all looked doom and gloom for the Wild women. However, they visibly upped their game at this point and fired in two quick-fire goals themselves – through Lucy Kirkham and Amanda Williams – to draw Widnes level.
A 26th minute powerplay goal – conceded while Megan Bowen Fell was sitting out a holding penalty – edged the Falcons back in front but the Wild equalised again on 36 minutes when Katie Hills fired in a powerplay goal to take the score to 3-3
The Milton Keynes response was swift, however, and they retook the lead just 90 seconds later and maintained that advantage going into the second period break.
The third period was very tense and the Falcons were forced into taking defensive penalties as they battled to keep the renewed Wild attack at bay. However, the Wild were caught out in defence while pushing up to attack.
A 5th goal on 48 minutes put the visitors further ahead and then a 6th – shorthanded this time – some 3 minutes later pretty much killed the game off from a Widnes point of view.
The Wild women did find the net once more – Amanda Williams scoring her second goal of the game with just 5 seconds left on the clock – and the 4-goal haul represented the best Widnes return of the season so far.
The win sees the Falcons consolidate their third place in the Women’s Premier League table with 6 points from 5 games. The Wild women have three defeats in three starts and are second bottom ahead of bottom team Bracknell Firebees on goal difference.
The Wild women’s next game sees them travel to Milton Keynes for an early return fixture next Sunday 10th December – 6.30pm face off.
Sunday 3rd December 2017 – Women’s Premier League
Widnes Wild Women’s Team 4 – Milton Keynes Falcons 6
Period Scores: 0-1, 3-3, 1-2
Shots on Goal: Widnes 27 – Milton Keynes 52
Penalties In Minutes: Widnes 10 – Milton Keynes 35
Widnes Scoring: Amanda Williams 2+0, Katie Hills 1+2, Lucy Kirkham 1+0, Charlene Chapman Pauline Hayward, Sophie Sinclair Reeks & Katie Fairclough all 0+1
Match Officials: Gary Robinson – Referee, Simon Anders – Linesman, Matthew Allway – Linesman