The Widnes Wild women’s team picked up their first win of the Women’s Premier League season with a 0-2 shut out victory away to Nottingham Vipers on Sunday.
Having lost their opening three games of the season, it was a sweet victory over the team that had beaten them 3-5 at Silver Blades Widnes in their opening league fixture back in October and is a good platform to build on heading into the new year.
The first period was very closely matched with chances for both teams but neither could make a breakthrough and the score remained 0-0 at the first break.
The turning point in the game came just before the 30-minute mark when Lucy Kirkham fired the Wild women ahead. Less then 2 minutes later, it was 0-2 to the Wild as they took full advantage of a slashing penalty against a Nottingham player and Katie Hills scored a well-taken powerplay goal.
The Vipers were unable to find any way through the solid Widnes defence and, as time ticked away from them, things began to get a bit niggly. The Wild’s Katie Fairclough got embroiled in a bout of roughing with Vipers’ Laura Dance, which saw them both handed 2 minute minor penalties. “Round Two” of that contest a few minutes later saw Dance handed 2 more minutes for checking plus 2 for roughing while Fairclough was given a match penalty for her retaliation.
The Wild women had to play the remainder of the game two players short after Emma Pearson also received a match penalty for her involvement in the ensuing scuffles.
The 0-2 win was the Wild women’s first ever “shut-out” in 3 seasons of WPL competition and sees them move above the Vipers in the league table into 5th place.
The Wild women’s next game is at home to current league leaders Chelmsford Cobras on Sunday 14th January at Silver Blades Widnes – face off is at 5.30pm.
Sunday 17th December 2017 – Women’s Premier League
Nottingham Vipers 0 – Widnes Wild Women’s Team 2
Period Scores: 0-0, 0-2, 0-0
Shots on Goal: Nottingham 31 – Widnes 43
Penalties In Minutes: Nottingham 8 – Widnes 52
Widnes Scoring: Katie Hills 1+1, Lucy Kirkham 1+0, Charlene Chapman 0+1
Netminder: Stephanie Drinkwater shut out – 31 shots
Match Officials: Andrew Jarvie – Referee, Simon Clark – Linesman, Lee Bentham – Linesman