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Weekend Preview


The DMUK Widnes Wild Women’s team are in action this Sunday when they take on the Kingston Diamonds at Planet Ice Widnes, 4.15pm face off.


The Wild women are currently in second place in the league table with 5 wins from 7 starts but are 4 points behind league leaders Solway, having played the same number of games.


Kingston are second bottom and are one of three teams who all have two points. There is a clear split between the top four teams and the bottom four and every point will count in terms of overall league position for all teams as the season progresses.


Representatives from the Wild Women’s new team sponsors Debt Movement UK will be in attendance at the game on Sunday as VIP guests to formally launch the new DMUK branded home and away shirts.



YKK Widnes Wild


The YKK Widnes Wild are in action this Sunday 5th February when they travel to North Wales to face local rivals Deeside Dragons – 5pm face off.


This will be the Wild’s first visit to the Queensferry rink for almost 3 years due to the Covid lockdowns and delays in re-opening the Dragons home rink after refurbishment and, as such, it is keenly anticipated by both sets and players and fans.


Because of the close proximity between the two clubs and the regular interchange of players over the years, games between the Wild and the Dragons are always very passionate affairs.


The current Widnes squad includes Calum Ruddick, Bez Hughes and Jake Lowndes, who have all played at Deeside in the past, while the Dragons have former Wild players MJ Clancy, Phil Pearson, Matthew Wainwright and also ex-Riverside Raiders netminder Mike Rogers in their ranks.


Prior to this season, Widnes had played Deeside Dragons 22 times (or, in fact, 26 if you include the 4 games against Dragons 2 development side, although that’s not really comparing apples to apples…) and, intriguingly, the Wild had won 11 games to Deeside’s 10. The only ever draw came in the 7-7 game at Widnes on the day that Deeside won the Laidler Division title in February 2016.


In that time, Widnes have scored 116 goals and conceded 101. The penalty count in games between the two teams is Wild 529 to Dragons 859, although that doesn’t count the 3-1 game that was abandoned in March 2016 nor the first ever Wild game away in North Wales in September 2013, which wasn’t recorded properly for some reason….


The last away game in Deeside in March 2020 saw the Dragons edge a 3-2 win in what was to be the last Laidler Division game played before the Covid lockdown.


In two meetings so far this season – both played at Planet Ice Widnes - the Dragons beat the Wild 4-6 in an M56 Cup encounter back in October, and the Wild won the first league meeting 8-6 in early November.


However, with 3 Moralee Division games still to be played between the two teams, starting on Sunday - and hopes of a possible M56 Cup decider as well - local bragging rights are very much up for grabs!



WILD JUNIOR ACADEMY


The Wild Academy Under 16 team have a home game against Sheffield Under 16s at Planet Ice Widnes on Saturday 4th February, face off 6pm


The Under 12 team are away to Leeds on the same day – 4.45pm face off


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


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