Tuesday 15 March 2016

Laidler Conference Round Up - Weekend of 12th & 13th March 2016

In the Laidler Conference, champions Deeside Dragons beat a short benched Bradford Bulldogs 9-1 on Saturday and the Bradford side had an even harder night on Sunday when they were shut out 13-0 by second place Widnes Wild.

Player coach Scott McKenzie scored an impressive 6+2 for the Wild and was involved in Widnes’ first 8 goals. He sat out the second half of the game once it was obvious the contest was won and Slovakian Michal Fico weighed in with 0+4 in a game that saw the hosts outshoot their opponents 71 to 30.

Wild are now guaranteed their place in the play offs and, if they finish second in in the table - as looks likely – they will play Sheffield Spartans home and away in the promotion / relegation playoff.

The other two play-off places have gone to Nottingham Lions and Blackburn Eagles. Both teams beat Coventry Blaze over the weekend and they are now involved in a fascinating tussle to decided which team will finish 3rd and who will finish 4th. As well as the pride of finishing in a higher position, that will also decide who they play in the play-off semi-finals.