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Weekend Preview


Widnes have a 100% record over Nottingham this season (photo by Vanessa Xu)

The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild have a busy weekend ahead of them with away trips north and south, travelling to Dumfries in Scotland on Saturday (159 miles each way) and Nottingham on Sunday (100 to 120 miles - depending on which route you take…).


The game on Saturday sees them take on the Solway Sharks in the first leg of the Moralee Cup semi–final, face off 7pm. You can read a full preview for the cup semi HERE.


The game on Sunday takes the Wild to the Lace City where they play the Nottingham Lions in a league fixture, 7.15pm face off.


Widnes have a 100% record against the Lions so far this season, having won the previous away game 2-5 back in mid- September and then the home game 4-1 in early October at Planet Ice Widnes.


Nottingham currently sit in 7th place in the Moralee Division table with 4 wins from their 17 games to date, while the Wild are two places ahead of them in 5th with 8 wins from 16.


Nottingham lost their last two games before the Christmas break - 0-5 at home to Solihull Barons and 9-4 away to Blackburn – and, with Widnes also losing 3-2 away to the Hawks and 4-3 away to the Barons in December, both teams will be looking to get off to a flying start in 2023.


For anybody who is unable to travel to the away games this weekend, the Solway game is likely to have radio commentary via Solway Sharks Radio, and Nottingham Lions usually livestream video coverage of their home game on YouTube. Keep an eye on the Wild social media channels for more details of this weekend’s coverage nearer the time.



WILD LADIES TEAM


The Widnes Wild Ladies team have an important home game against Telford Wrekin Raiders this Sunday 8th January at Planet Ice Widnes – face off 4.15pm.


For a preview of that game, and the rest of the WNIHL season click HERE


With the Wild men’s team making the long trip to Nottingham the same day, it is a good opportunity for fans to come along and throw their support behind the women’s team as they renew their challenge for the Division 2 North title.


For anybody who hasn’t been to a women’s game before, Ladies head coach Adam Lappin explains:


“WNIHL has a lot to offer the sport in terms of performance, excellence, entertainment and development. What the supporters, whether seasoned or new to the sport, will see in the WNIHL, is the speed of the game and skill of the players. There is a great respect between the teams and the players in the WNIHL, and this shows in the quality of the fixtures up and down the country.”



WILD JUNIOR ACADEMY


The Wild Academy Under 14s team are at home to Manchester U14s on Saturday 7th January at Planet Ice Widnes, 4.20pm face off, followed by the Under 18 team playing the Mercians U18s at 6pm.


The Under 14s are away to Solihull U14s on Sunday 8th January, 4.20pm face off.


Admission to all Wild Academy home games at Planet Ice Widnes is free and spectators are encouraged to go along and cheer on the stars of the future.


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