The Widnes Wild women’s team put in a battling performance but came away without reward with a 6-0 defeat in the Women’s Premier League against Hull-based Kingston Diamonds on Sunday.
In a season that has already seen them ice new players in double figures, they gave another WPL debut out in this game – to Pamela England, another successful graduate of the Widnes hockey basics training course.
A healthy bench of 18 players travelled the length of the M62 for the mid-day face off, although match experience is still a little on the short side as only 6 of those were playing regular league hockey before this season. However, while the statistics may look rather one sided, the enthusiastic Wild women gave a good account of themselves.
Despite being heavily out-shot in the first period 26 to 3, the Wild women kept the Kingston attack at bay until the 8th minute of play. Two more goals handed the hosts a 3-0 lead at the first break and, by the second break, they had built up a 5-0 advantage.
The Wild carried on pushing forward in search of a consolation right up until the final buzzer and were unlucky to concede a sixth goal in the closing stages. However, it is all good match experience and it will be interesting to see how this ambitiously constructed new-look team develops as the season progresses.
After the game, Amanda Williams said:
“We made the short trip to Hull missing a number of key experienced players. We know how Hull play and we were expecting the physical encounter. All 4 lines worked hard for each other, stood up to the challenge and battled until the final buzzer.”
“The girls can take pride in their performance, with only 1 of 6 goals coming from a clear shot rather than a goal mouth scramble. A special mention must go to Pam, who made her debut after stepping up from LTP/rec hockey. We now have a month to heal some injuries and get back to training before our first home game on December 9th.”
The Wild women’s next game is on Sunday 9th December when they play their first home game of the season against the Whitley Bay Squaws at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30pm face off.
Widnes Wild women’s team player Katie Fairclough was away in Poland on international duty over the weekend playing for the Team GB women’s Under 18 team in a 4-team tournament.
They lost to Poland 3-2 and Hungary 2-1 before beating Spain 3-0 in their final game.
The team will be taking part in the IIHF Women’s Under 18 World Championships in Dumfries in January so it will be interesting to see how performances in this tournament will affect the final squad selection.
Sunday 11th November 2018 – Women’s Premier League
Kingston Diamonds 6 – Widnes Wild Women’s Team 0
Period Scores: 3-0, 2-0, 1-0
Shots on Goal: Kingston 62 – Widnes 15 (26-3, 24-4, 12-8)
Penalties In Minutes: Kingston 4 – Widnes 8
Match Officials: Joseph Sewell – Referee, Andrew Parker – Linesman, Jack Chidley – Linesman
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk
Photos by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com & Rachel Stork