The Widnes Wild women’s team suffered a “shut out” as they lost 0-3 at home to the Swindon Top Cats in the Women’s Premier League at Silver Blades Widnes on Sunday.
Continuing their policy of encouraging new talent, the team handed WPL debuts to 16 year old netminder Rebekah Scott, who has previously only played Scottish league under-16 games, and to Widnes-based recreational player Pauline Hayward – who was playing her first competitive league game.
The Top Cats had been relegated from last season’s Women’s Elite League and are favourites to win the WPL title this time around but the Wild women gave them a good run for their money and were actually on top for long periods of the game.
The visitors took the lead in the 6th minute and the score remained 0-1 at the end of the first period. The Wild Women put the Top Cats under a lot of pressure in the second period – out-shooting them by 15 to 8 – but were unable to convert any of that attacking play into goals. The Cats, by contrast, scored with 2 of their 8 shots either side of the half way mark and were 0-3 up by the 32nd minute.
The Wild women battered the Swindon goal again in the third period but were unable to get past netminder Rachel Moore – who picked up her third shut out from the 4 games that the Top Cats have played so far this season.
Swindon move to the top of the WPL table with this win, having won all 4 of their games to date and only have conceded 1 goal in total, while the Wild women occupy 6th position with two defeats from their two games.
After the game, coach Owen Tennant said:
“It was always going to be a tough game against Swindon as they have a strong team. I thought we started off quite well but, after conceding the first goal, we seemed to lose our momentum and at that point it became hard to get it back. The third period was a much better display, and we were able to create a lot of chances that could have led to goals, but it just seemed to be one of those days where it just wouldn’t cross the line for us.”
The Wild women are next in action on Sunday 3rd December when they take on last season’s play off champions Milton Keynes Falcons at Silver Blades Widnes – 5.30pm face off.
Sunday 5th November 2017 – Women’s Premier League
Widnes Wild Women’s Team 0 – Swindon Top Cats 3
Period Scores: 0-1, 0-2, 0-0
Shots on Goal: Widnes 33 – Swindon 32
Penalties In Minutes: Widnes 4– Swindon 6
Match Officials: Lee Twell – Referee, Kieran Clarkson – Linesman, Matthew Always – Linesman