Match Report: Wild Ladies 0 – Kingston Diamonds 9

Widnes Ladies’ Preston Gennoe (#53) receiving the MVP award  from match volunteer Rebecca Clayton (Photo by Paul Breeze)


Sunday 2nd January 2022 – Women’s Premier League
Widnes Wild Ladies 0 – Kingston Diamonds 9

The Widnes Wild ladies team got the new year off to a low key start with a 0-9 defeat at the hands of the Kingston Diamonds at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.

The visitors opened the scoring straight from the face off with just 12 seconds gone on the clock and, having got that early boost, there was no stopping them. They doubled the advantage on 6 minutes and were 0-3 up on 8 minutes – and a further goal late in the period saw Kingston leading 0-4 at the first break.

The Wild women visibly upped their game in the second period and enjoyed much more puck possession and shots on goal. However, they weren’t able to make the most of their chances and were continually thwarted by a solid Diamonds defence and their netminder, who was in fine form.

Three straight goals in the second period for Kingston’s Elizabeth Saunders put the game well beyond the reach of the Widnes side and, from then on, it was more of a case of damage limitation.

In the Widnes net, Stephanie Drinkwater pulled off some superb saves to keep the score down and was only beaten once more – in the 56th minute. The game finished 0-9 to Kingston but that scoreline makes it sound a little more one-sided than it actually was.

Looking at the positives, this is a new-look team playing in a higher division and the mix of youth and experience will continue to gel as the players get more games together under their belts. The match saw home WPL debuts for Charlotte Cramp and Daisy Winstanley and further promising performances from the young trio of Ellen Tyrer, Phoebe Patient and Ellie Walsh O’Neill – who are also all in their first season of senior competitive hockey.

The Winifred Mabel Letts MVP awards – which have been sponsored this season by Wild Poet In Residence Lucy London in memory of the First World War poet and medic – went to Megan Day for Kingston and Preston Gennoe for Widnes and were presented by match volunteer Rebecca Clayton.

The Widnes Ladies are at home again this Sunday 9th January when they take on league leaders Sheffield Shadows at Planet Ice Widnes – face off 4.15pm.

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