Women put in a great ef­fort but are un­able to weather a late Storm

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Widnes Vikings -

Streatham Storm 5 Widnes Wild Women 1 THE Widnes Wild women’s team suf­fered a 5-1 de­feat in their first game of the New Year at the hands of Streatham Storm down in South Lon­don on Sun­day.

The team trav­elled short­benched due to an un­for­tu­nate com­bi­na­tion of in­juries and in­ter­na­tional call-ups and were only able to ice two full play­ing lines with net­min­der Rachel Fair­bairn play­ing out of goal to give the Wild women an ex­tra skater.

In view of the lack of num­bers – and the long jour­ney down – the Widnes team gave a very good ac­count of them­selves and, de­spite the fi­nal score, it was a very closely-fought game through­out with the home side only re­ally pulling away in the lat­ter stages.

In fact, it was Widnes who scored the first goal in an open­ing pe­riod that saw them out­shoot their hosts by a mark of 17 to 10.

Bel­gian in­ter­na­tional player Leen de Decker – re­cently re­turned from play­ing for her na­tional side in the World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fiers in Tai­wan – fired the Wild Women into the lead with 10 min­utes gone on the clock with an as­sist from last sea­son’s top scorer, Katie Hills.

Widnes were pegged back by a Streatham equaliser af­ter 16 min­utes and then fell foul of a check­ing call – their only penalty of the game – which saw them con­cede a short­handed goal with just 30 sec­onds left to play in the first pe­riod.

The sec­ond pe­riod was in­cred­i­bly tense with both teams en­joy­ing pe­ri­ods of pos­ses­sion and pressure but nei­ther man­aged to score.

It was only in the third pe­riod that Streatham were able to make their su­pe­rior num­bers count as the Widnes play­ers – quite un­der­stand­ably – be­gan to tire.

Two goals 60 sec­onds apart made sure of the win for the Storm and a fifth strike with some three min­utes left on the clock com­pleted a 5-1 tri­umph for the hosts.

Look­ing back at the game, coach, Owen Ten­nant, said: “The re­sult away at Streatham wasn’t the best start to the year and def­i­nitely doesn’t re­flect the per­for­mance as the girls are very proud of their game­play.

“We had a very promis­ing train­ing ses­sion on Thurs­day show­ing that the girls are more than ca­pa­ble to get the win at home next Sun­day.

“Again, short lines due to in­juries, ill­ness and in­ter­na­tional du­ties don’t help, but these things are un­avoid­able.

“With more play­ers, I have no doubt we will pull off the win this week­end.” ● The Wild Women have an early chance of re­venge against the Storm as they play the re­turn Women’s Premier League fix­ture at home at Sil­ver Blades Widnes this Sun­day af­ter­noon. The game faces-off at 5.30pm and ad­mis­sion is free of charge.

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