The YKK Widnes Wild have a busy weekend coming up with a home game against the Moralee Division’s bottom team Sheffield Scimitars on Saturday at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30pm face off – and then a trip to the North East to face second place Whitley Warriors on Sunday, 5pm face off.
Widnes have played Sheffield twice this season so far – winning 1-3 away and 5-3 at home – and, while the Steel City side have had a terrible season so far, their last two results saw a narrow defeat away to Deeside Dragons and a “mere” 3-2 defeat away at Whitley, so nothing can be taken for granted.
The Wild will be keen to bounce back from two back to back defeats last weekend and fans will have an early opportunity to see how newly installed player coach Joey Coulter approaches the game.
Widnes have never beaten Whitley Warriors before and have lost their two meetings this season 4-3 away and 1-8 at home. Having said that, the league's second placed team have had a wobble in form in recent weeks, struggling to beat Sheffield Scimitars and then losing away to North East rivals Billingham Stars 4-2 in their last game.
A four-point weekend for Widnes would get new coach Coulter’s tenure off to a good start and go some way towards bridging the gap between the Wild in 5th place in the Moralee table and 4th place Solihull Barons who now have a 5 point cushion.
For anybody who is not able to attend Saturday’s game, the Wild’s broadcasting partners BASN are livestreaming all home league games this season over the internet. Online viewing tickets can be booked to watch the game HERE
DMUK WIDNES WILD WOMEN
The DMUK Widnes Wild women’s team are away to Sheffield Shadows this Sunday 29th January at iceSheffield.
The Shadows are just below Widnes in the league table but only have 1 win from their 6 games to date, giving the Wild women a 5-point cushion in 4th place.
The Wild Ladies beat Sheffield 7-5 in their first meeting of the season and the Shadows’ last two games have seen heavy defeats to league leaders Solway both home and away.
Widnes really need a win to keep pace with the chasing pack who are all very closely matched with second placed team Leeds with 10 points from 8 games, Telford with 9 from 6 and Widnes with 8 from 6.
The DMUK Wild Women are next at home on Sunday 5th February when they take on Kingston Diamonds of Hull at Planet Ice Widnes, 4.15pm face off.
WILD JUNIOR ACADEMY
The Wild Academy Under 18 team are also away to Whitley on Sunday – face off 3pm, while the Under 14s are away to Leeds the same day - 6.15pm face off.