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Weekend Preview


The Wild beat Billingham 5 times out of 6 last season (Photo by Geoff White)


The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild have a busy weekend coming up with a trip to Scotland to face the Solway Sharks on Saturday and then a home game against Billingham Stars at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.


Trips to Dumfries are never easy but Widnes were the only team to earn a result in the Sharks’ home rink last season - with a draw in the Moralee Cup semi final – so all things are possible.


Solway are the defending league champions and were the early league leaders this season as well, but were toppled from the table summit by Whitley Warriors who beat them 2-1 in the North East last weekend.


Widnes are yet to play Solway this season and these early season games are doubly important as the first meeting home and away between each team in the league counts towards the Moralee Cup qualifying group as well as the regular league table


The away game on Saturday faces off at 7pm and anybody who isn’t able to make the journey north of the border can follow the action via the Wild’s Twitter feed at Twitter.com/WildMatchNight or by listening to the Sharks’ club’s live commentary via: https://www.podbean.com/live/28d9sGEsEm


On Sunday Widnes play host to the Billingham Stars, who they played last Sunday night away in the North East. Despite leading the game 1-3 at the midway point and heavily outshooting their hosts in the third period, the Wild managed to lose the game 6-3 overall so will be looking to make amends in this return fixture.


Billingham are 4th in the Moralee Division table following their win over Widnes last weekend. They have 4 wins and 3 defeats from their 7 league games this season so far while the Wild are 2 points behind in 5th place with 3 wins from 6 games.


With the Wild having no home game the following weekend, Sunday’s home match against Billingham will be a Halloween Party night – and fans are encouraged to attend wearing fancy dress.


As usual, after the game, two Wild players will be available to meet with supporters for photos and autographs. Please note that this is now taking place in a new location in the corner of the rink by the entrance to the changing rooms - and not down by the café as was the case in previous years.


For anybody who is not able to attend Sunday’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 Billingham game HERE (LINK TO FOLLOW)


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