Wild Women Sink Sharks In Pre-Season Challenge Game

The Wild women’s team after their 6-10 friendly win away at Solway

Solway Sharks Ladies 6 – Widnes Wild Women 10

The Widnes Wild Women’s team got their preparations for the new WNIHL season off to a great start with a 6 – 10 challenge match win over the Solway Sharks Ladies team away in Dumfries on Sunday.

The new Division 1 North League Season does not get under way until October and this friendly match was the ideal opportunity for the team to get some useful game time under their belts.

The Sharks were runners up in the Division last season and narrowly missed out on promotion to the Women’s Premier League in the Play Offs and are expected to be title contenders this time around, so this was a very useful workout for the Wild Women.

Two new players were given their Wild Women debuts – Sarah Louise Aspinall and Charlotte Jackson, who is the younger sister of the long-term Widnes Wild defenceman Tom Jackson.

The game was very even in the first period and the score was tied at 3 – 3 at the first break. The Wild Women took control in the second period, scoring 5 unanswered goals and then the Sharks hit back to take the third period 3 – 2 in what was a highly entertaining game.

Jemma Brown (2), Laura Marcroft and Katie Fairclough all scored their first goals for the Wild Women and the other Wild Women goal scorers were Sav Sumner (2), Philippa Wheeler, Emma Pearson, Elizabeth Loss and Danielle Skilander.

The MVP Award for the Wild Women went to Net Minder Charlotte Jackson, who was playing her first ever game on ice, having come from a Roller and Ball Hockey background and who also managed to save a penalty shot.


The Wild women’s team will shortly be announcing an exciting new sponsorship deal with a world renowned company but they are also keen to build relationships with other local businesses and individuals – and have various sponsorship packages to suit all pockets and budgets.

These packages start with individual player sponsorship at just £50 each and go up to match night sponsorship for home games at £300 each.

Depending on the level of sponsorship taken up, sponsors will receive company advertising opportunities at home games and on team social media, public address announcements during home games and photo opportunities before and after the game.

One happy sponsor from last season has already renewed their support for the 2019/20 campaign!

Wild women’s sponsorship co-ordinator Kat Garner with Poet In Residence Lucy London, who is sponsoring the MVP awards again this season. (Photo by Paul Breeze)

Poet In Residence Lucy London sponsored the MVP awards for last season’s home games in memory of World War 1 heroine Sarah Macnaughtan and she has chosen to commemorate Edith Smith – the first warranted Woman Police Constable in the country, and who is buried in Runcorn – for this year’s awards.

For information about these sponsorships and the other packages that are available, interested parties are asked to contact Kat Garner on 07522109220 or via email to: kathryngarner123@hotmail.co.uk.

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