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Match Report: Wild Women 7 - Grimsby 2

Team captain Leen de Decker (#5) scored 3 goals in the Wild women’s win against Grimsby on Sunday to add to the 5 that she scored in the last meeting between the two teams. (Photo by Anne Bennison Photography)

Sunday 5th March – WNIHL Division 2 North

DMUK Widnes Wild Women 7 – Grimsby Wolves 2

The DMUK Widnes Wild women made it 4 wins in a row with a 7-2 victory over the league’s bottom team Grimsby Wolves at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.

Despite the comfortable final winning margin, the Grimsby team gave a good account of themselves and matched the Wild for lengthy spells before finally running out of steam later in the game. In fact, it was the visitors who were quickest out of the blocks and they scored with their very first after 44 seconds.

Widnes eventually equalised on 6 minutes with a goal from Preston Gennoe but the Wolves edged ahead again on 16 minutes and took a 1-2 lead into the first period break.

The Wild women began to stamp their authority on the game more in the second period and a goal from Laura Marcroft on 28 minutes tied the score at 2-2. Two further goals late in the period – a powerplay strike from Vanessa Crickmore-Clarke and a goal from team captain Leen de Decker – put some daylight between the two teams and the Wild women led 4-2 at the second break.

A goal on 42 minutes from Ellen Tyrer increased the Widnes lead still further and two more for Leen de Decker, giving her a hat-trick, rounded off the scoring for the match.

The Kate Luard Memorial MVP awards – sponsored by Poet-in-Residence Lucy London – were presented by match volunteer Howard Smith and went to Sophie Hill for Widnes and the netminder for Grimsby.

Sunday’s win sees the Wild women remain in second place in the Division 2 North league table, 4 points behind leaders Solway Sharks Ladies, whose narrow 2-0 win over Leeds Roses on Saturday put a dent in the Yorkshire team’s play off aspirations.

Widnes take on Solway in their next home game on 26th March at Planet Ice Widnes in a top of the table clash which could have huge significance for the destination of this season’s league title.


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