Wild women’s new signing Preston Gennoe with match volunteer Rebecca Clayton (Photo by Paul Breeze)
The Widnes Wild women’s team put in a battling performance in their first game back in the Women’s Premier League before ultimately losing out 7-2 to very a strong and experienced Chelmsford Cobras team away in Essex on Sunday.
The women’s team has seen a lot of changes since they won the Division 1 (North) in their last league match all the way back in March 2020 and this game saw senior league debuts for Ellen Tyrer and Phoebe Patient – who had both previously played for the Wild Academy Under 15 mixed team, Jennifer Hickey and Charlotte Cramp.
Also new to the Wild women for this season were Preston Gennoe – formerly with Coventry Phoenix, Olivia Wilson who previously played with Whitley Bay and Beckie Elliott, who is back at Widnes after two seasons away.
Chelmsford were the first to score in this early face off game (12.15 start), taking the lead after just two minutes but Widnes were back on level terms just 4 minutes later with a goal from Beckie Elliott.
The Cobras edged ahead again on 9 minutes and the Wild women countered with an equaliser from Preston Gennoe on 15 minutes to leave the score standing at 2-2 at the first period break.
The Wild women were heavily outshot throughout this game but it took until 13 minutes into the second period for their stubborn defences to be breached again – when three quick-fire goals within 50 seconds of each other put the hosts well and truly in the driving seat.
At 5-2 after two periods, it looked as if the game was slipping away for the Wild women and they went further behind to a 6th goal on 44 minutes. The scoring was rounded off with a 7th goal for the Cobras with just 1 second left on the clock.
Netminder Stephanie Drinkwater performed wonders in the Wild goal to keep the score down in the latter stages, stopping an incredible 56 of the 63 shots that she faced. By way of the vaguaries of statistics, she ended up with a better “Save Percentage” for the game – with 88.89% – than the Chelmsford netminder, who had ended up on the winning side but who only had a 75% Save Percentage.
The Wild women have three more away games – at Slough on 30th October, Sheffield on 6th November and Nottingham on 14th November – before they play their first home of the new campaign on Sunday 21st November when they take on the Nottingham Vipers at Planet Ice Widnes – 4.15pm face off.
- Sunday 10th October 2021 – Women’s Premier League
Chelmsford Cobras 7 – Widnes Wild Women’s Team 2
Period Scores: 2-2, 3-0, 2-0
Shots On Goal: Chelmsford 63 – Widnes 8
Penalties In Minutes: Chelmsford 8 – Widnes 0
- Widnes Scoring: Preston Gennoe 1+1, Beckie Elliot 1+0