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Match Report: Grimsby 5 - Wild Women 12

Team captain Leen de Decker (#5) scored 5 goals in the Wild women's win over Grimsby (Photo by Angela Reid)

Saturday 18th February – WNIHL Div 2 North

Grimsby Wolves 5 – DMUK Widnes Wild Women 12

The DMUK Widnes Wild women’s team kept up the pressure at the top of the Division 2 North table with a 5-12 away win over Grimsby Wolves on Saturday.

The Lincolnshire side had only won one game all season and were bottom of the league table before this game, so a Widnes win always looked on the cards but the Grimsby ice surface is famously small and difficult to play on and the Wild women still had a job to do.

The Wild took the lead after just 93 seconds with a goal from Charlotte Cramp and then doubled the advantage with a Leen de Decker strike on 7 minutes.

Grimsby pulled a goal back just 43 seconds later and went on to equalise on 11 minutes but a goal from Phoebe Patient on 17 minutes saw the Wild women take a slender 2-3 lead into the first period break.

The Wolves equalised again just 2 minutes into the second period but Widnes edged back into the lead with a goal from Katie Fairclough 30 seconds later and further widened the gap with a second goal from de Decker on 30 minutes and strikes from Ellen Tyrer and Lucy Kirkham.

With the score standing at 3-7 to Widnes after 2 periods, the Wild women now had a bit of breathing space with 20 minutes left to play. Three unanswered goals followed for Widnes early in the third period with a strike from de Decker - for her hat-trick - Laura Marcroft and de Decker again.

Grimsby scored again to bring the score back to 4-10 but the game was well and truly over as a contest by that point. A second goal for Katie Fairclough and a fifth of the game for Leen de Decker raised the Wild tally to a dozen and a 5th goal for the hosts on 57 minutes rounded off the scoring for the game.

The other game of the weekend saw league leaders Solway Sharks Ladies beat fellow title challengers Telford Wrekin Raiders 7-1 in Dumfries and they remain top of the table with 16 points from 8 games. Widnes are second with 14 points from 9 games and Telford third with 13 from 9.

The DMUK Wild women are next in action on Sunday 5th March when they take on the Grimsby Wolves at Planet Ice Widnes – 4.15pm face off.


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