Wild v Lions – Match Preview
The RTL sponsored Widnes Wild will be looking to consolidate their position in second place in the Laidler Conference table when they entertain Nottingham Lions this Sunday 29th January at Silver Blades Widnes.
It is a significant weekend all round at the top of the table as, while league leaders Blackburn Eagles are without a game, all the other teams in the top 4 are in action and jostling for positions.
4th place Sheffield Senators have two games at the weekend and could, theoretically, overtake Widnes if they win both of those and Wild drop points. The second of those games is particularly crucial as the Senators are at home to Altrincham Aces who are currently in 3rd place, level on points with Sheffield and just 2 points behind the Wild.
Widnes’ visitors on Sunday, Nottingham Lions, are currently in 5th place in the Laidler table – just one point off the play off positions – but arrive on the back of a 3-game winless run. They picked up a creditable 1-1 draw away at Sheffield at the start of the year but since then have drawn away at Hull and then lost 2-7 at home to the Jets last Sunday.
Widnes have played the Lions once home and once away so far this season, losing 4-2 away at the National Ice Centre at the end of November and then winning 8-4 at Silver Blades Widnes in the last league game before Christmas.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s game, Wild player coach Ollie Barron said:
“This league is very tight and we have to remain focused and battle in every game going forward. Our next game against Nottingham is another big game for us. They have some talented young players who won’t stop working for 60 minutes. We will work on some specifics in practice to prepare for our next game.”
“I hope to see as many fans as possible on Sunday, getting behind the team. Your support is much appreciated.”
The RTL sponsored Widnes Wild play Nottingham Lions this Sunday 29th January at Silver Blades Widnes.
Please note that the face-off time has been changed and the game will now start at 6.30pm and not 5.30pm as previously advertised.