Wild kept out by the Top Cats

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Sport -

Widnes Wild Women 0 Swin­don Top Cats 3 THE Widnes Wild women’s team were blanked 3-0 by the Swin­don Top Cats in the Women’s Premier League at Sil­ver Blades Widnes on Sun­day.

The for­ward-look­ing team handed WPL de­buts to 16-year-old net­min­der Re­bekah Scott, who has pre­vi­ously only played Scot­tish league U16 games, and to Wid­nes­based recre­ational player Pauline Hay­ward who was play­ing her first com­pet­i­tive league game.

The Top Cats had been rel­e­gated from last sea­son’s Women’s Elite League and are favourites to win the WPL ti­tle this time around but the Wild women gave them a good run for their money and were ac­tu­ally on top for long pe­ri­ods of the game.

The visi­tors took the lead in the sixth minute and the score re­mained 1-0 at the end of the first pe­riod.

The Wild Women put the Top Cats un­der a lot of pres­sure in the sec­ond pe­riod – out-shoot­ing them by 15-8 – but were un­able to con­vert any of that at­tack­ing play into goals.

The Cats, in con­trast, scored with two of their eight shots ei­ther side of the half­way mark and were 3-0 up by the 32nd minute.

The Wild women bat­tered the Swin­don goal again in the third pe­riod but were un­able to get past net­min­der Rachel Moore – who picked up her third shutout from the four games that the Top Cats have played so far this sea­son.

Swin­don moved to the top of the WPL ta­ble with this win, hav­ing won all four of their games to date and con­ceded just one goal in to­tal, while the Wild women oc­cupy sixth po­si­tion with two de­feats from their two games.

The Wild women are next in ac­tion on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 3 when they take on last sea­son’s play­off cham­pi­ons Mil­ton Keynes Fal­cons at Sil­ver Blades Widnes – 5.30pm face-off.

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