Women given a tough French les­son as they are stung by Fire­bees

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Brack­nell Fire­bees 7 Widnes Wild Women 0 THE Widnes Wild Women’s team lost their bot­tom of the ta­ble” clash 7-0 at the Brack­nell Fire­bees on Sun­day.

The Wild team trav­elled down to Berk­shire with a shorter bench than in pre­vi­ous games due to a bout of ill­ness in the camp and sev­eral of the more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers were miss­ing from the line-up.

So it was al­ways go­ing to be an up­hill strug­gle against a Fire­bees side who, like the Widnes team, were also look­ing for their first points of the sea­son.

Most of the dam­age was caused by the Fire­bees’ French in­ter­na­tional Mar­guerite Laf­fitte who scored five of the Brack­nell goals and as­sisted on an­other.

She also plays for the Queen Bees in the Women’s Elite League and the Brack­nell male U20 team and she has also won medals at in­ter­na­tional level for her home coun­try.

The Wild Women ac­tu­ally started the game well, keep­ing out the Brack­nell at­tack for more than seven min­utes be­fore con­ced­ing two quick goals within 60 sec­onds of each other.

A third goal just 30 sec­onds af­ter the start of the se­cond pe­riod put the home side fur­ther ahead. And with two more goals added be­fore the se­cond break, a home win was al­ready a near cer­tainty.

Two fur­ther goals in the fi­nal stanza wrapped up the Fire­bees’ vic­tory and the Wild Women now have time to re­group be­fore their next clash later this month.

Af­ter the game, as­sis­tant coach, Leen de Decker, said: “It was a hard-fought game with many play­ers for Wild miss­ing due to in­jury and ill­ness.

“But a quick-paced game saw the play­ers im­prove tremen­dously yet again.

“Brack­nell had one par­tic­u­larly tal­ented young player (five goals and one as­sist) and she made the dif­fer­ence. We hope to give them a good game with a full team present when they visit us in Widnes.”

The Wild Women are next in ac­tion a week on Sun­day – Jan­uary 20 – when they play host to the Not­ting­ham Vipers at Planet Ice Widnes. Face-off is at 5.30pm.

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