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