Tuesday 19 April 2016

WPL Match Report: Nottingham Vipers 6 - Widnes Wild 8

Megan Bowen Fell scored her first goal of the season
away at Nottingham on Sunday. (Photo by Steve Pollitt)
Sunday 17th April 2016 – 7.30pm Face Off
Nottingham Vipers 6 – Widnes Wild 8

Period Scores: 1-4, 0-4, 5-0
Shots on goal:  Nottingham 33 - Widnes 48
Penalties In Minutes: Nottingham 35 - Widnes 20

Widnes Scoring: Leen De Decker 2+0, Katie Hills 2+0, Megan Bowen Fell, 1+ 1, Amanda Williams 1+1, Abigail Culshaw 1+1, Vanessa Crickmore Clarke 0+1, Catherine Bowen Fell 1+0, Elizabeth Amy Wright 0+1, Charlene Chapman 0+1       

Nottingham Scoring: Robin Mullen 4+1, Megan Rathbone 1+1, Olivia Bennett 1+ 0, Rebecca Meats 0+1, Rachael Brown 0+1

Widnes remain in second place in the Women’s Premier League table after a sensation 6-8 victory away at Nottingham Vipers on Sunday evening.  Earlier in the day, fellow contenders for the runners-up spot Streatham Storm had beat Chelmsford Cobras 2-0 to move ahead on points so a win for vital for the Wild women to maintain their position.

Whitley Squaws beat Milton Keynes 3-1 in their first win since November meaning that the Falcons are now two points off the pace in 4th  .

Despite an otherwise fairly evenly balanced first period, the Wild women scored three early goals and were leading 1-4 by the first break and then added a further 4 unanswered goals in the second period to go into the final third with a 1-8 advantage.

However, the Vipers upped their game for the final period.  A goal straight from the restart initiated a goal fest that saw them score 5 unanswered goals to pull the score back to 6-8, with team captain Robin Mullen scored 4 straight between 40.08 and 49.35.

The Widnes Wild women were kept goalless for almost the whole of the second half of the game but managed to hold on to register an important victory.

On Saturday, league leaders Swindon Topcats are away to Slough Phantoms while MK Falcons are at home to Nottingham Vipers.

On Sunday the Widnes Wild women are away to Whitley Squaws in a 4.30pm face off while 3rd place Streatham Storm entertain the MK Falcons.  Nottingham and Chelmsford meet at the National Ice Centre for a bottom of the table clash. 

The Widnes Wild women’s team are next at home on Sunday 8th May when they entertain Whitley Squaws at Silver Blades Widnes in a 5.30pm face off.