|There was a minute's silence and playing of the French national anthem prior to the game between Widnes Wild and Altrincham Aces on Sunday night in memory of the victims of the recent atrocities in Paris
Nottingham Lions’ 5-3 win over Hull Jets means they are still two points clear of Deeside Dragons at the top of the table, although they have played two games more. The Dragons beat Bradford Bulldogs 12-1 on Saturday with fit-again import Adrian Palak scoring 4 goals.
Widnes Wild make hard work of seeing off an ever improving Altrincham Aces side, coasting into a 3-0 lead before being pegged back to 3-2 by the first break. It was a very rough and tumble local derby and while the home side were just ahead throughout, the result was very up open to question until the dying seconds. 7-5 down going into the last 2 minutes, the Aces gamefully removed their netminder twice while going forward in the hope of forcing a breakthrough. The ploy did not pay off, however, and the Wild made sure of the win with an empty net goal in the dying seconds.
Blackburn Eagles are in fourth place – level on points with Widnes – after their 4th win in a row – a 7-3 home win over bottom team Coventry Blaze.