Monday 5 June 2017

Match Report: Halton Huskies (Widnes) 11 - Wyre Seagulls (Blackburn) 3

Sunday 4th June 2017 – Challenge Match
Halton Huskies 11 – Wyre Seagulls 3
Period Scores:  4-0, 3-0, 4-3
Penalties In Minutes: Huskies 53 – Seagulls 12

Huskies Scoring:
Jeff Chapman 3+3, Anthony Hughes 2+2, James Kelly & John Carter 2+0, Edward Ridding 1+1, Stephen Burns 1+0, Anthony Higham, Howard Hughes, James Williams, Ross Holland all 0+1

Seagulls Scoring:
Samuel Calderbank 3+0, Mark Kay 0+3, David Grogan 0+1, Matthew Patterson 0+1

The Widnes based Halton Huskies recreational team notched up an impressive 11-3 win over Blackburn based Wyre Seagulls at Silver Blades Widnes on Sunday.

The home side took the lead as early as the 40th second of the game with a goal by John Carter and went on to lead 4-0 by the end of the first period with a second strike from Carter and then goals from Edward Ridding and Anthony Hughes. 

The goals continued to come in the second period with a second for Hughes and then two from Jeff Chapman and the Huskies led 7-0 at the end of 40 minutes’ play.

Now, despite the scoreline, this was by no means a one-sided game and the Wyre Seagulls gave a very good account of themselves throughout the game. It was mainly due to the heroics in goal from Halton netminder Stephen O’Brien that kept the visitors’ attack at bay and this eventually led to him being named MVP for the Huskies.

Having gone close earlier on in the game when a rasping shot hit the bar and came out again, the Seagulls eventually broke their duck in the 50th minute with a goal from Sam Calderbank.  By that time, however, the Huskies had already scored two more – through James Kelly and Stephen Burns – and the score stood at 9-1 with 10 minutes left to play.

The Huskies hit back straight away with a second goal from James Kelly just 15 seconds from the restart and a fascinating phase of play ensued.

Jeff Chapman scored his hat trick goal for the huskies just 80 seconds after that and then Sam Calderbank completed his own hat trick for the Seagulls with two goals within 10 seconds of each other at 55.45 and 55.55.  That flurry of activity rounded off the action for the game and the clock ticked down on a hugely entertaining contest.

The Widnes Wildcats are in action next Sunday 11th June 2017 when they play Durham Dragons in the Summer Cup at Silver Blades Widnes.  Face off is at 8.30pm and admission is free.