Sunday 26th March 2023 – WNIHL Div 2 N
DMUK Widnes Wild Women 0 – Solway Sharks Ladies 6
The DMUK Widnes Wild women’s team put in a spirited performance in their top of the table clash with league leaders Solway Sharks Ladies but ultimately slumped to a disappointing 0-6 defeat at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
The game actually started well for the Wild women and they gave as good as they got in the early stages. When Solway finally opened the scoring in the 12th minute, it felt as if it was against the run of play and, even when they doubled their advantage less than 60 seconds after that, it only seemed to be a blip in what still promised to be a closely contested game between the two title contenders.
Unfortunately, this “blip” continued into the second period and Solway edged further ahead with a third goal just 80 seconds from the restart. Widnes had their own chances but were unable to break down a very solid Solway defence and the score remained a frustrating 0-3 at the second period break.
The latter half of the game was littered with minor penalties for both sides as things began to get niggly but Solway coped the better with the disruption and scored three more unanswered goals in the third period.
The Kate Luard Memorial MVP awards – sponsored by Poet-in-Residence Lucy London – were presented by match volunteer Andy Patient and went to Rosaline Adey for Solway and netminder Stephanie Drinkwater for Widnes.
Sunday’s result sees Solway extend their impressive 100% record for the season to 11 wins from 11 starts with a 4 point advantage at the top of the league table.
Widnes remain in second place but, with only two games left to play, are now unable to overtake the Sharks to win the league title.
There is still plenty to play for, however, as the top two finishing teams in the league will qualify for the end of season play offs with a chance to win promotion to Division 1 for next season.
As things stand, there is a 3-way battle for the two play off places between Widnes, Solway and Telford Wrekin Raiders. Telford are currently in 3rd place but have games in hand over the top two teams. They still have a slim mathematical chance of winning the league title and play Solway on 6th May in a game that will go a long way towards deciding the league’s final top three.
The DMUK Widnes Wild women have two regular season games left to play – away to Kingston Diamonds on Sunday 2nd April and then at home to Leeds Roses on Sunday 23rd April at Planet Ice Widnes.