Wild Women Lose Out In 13 Goal Thriller
The Widnes Wild women’s team suffered heartbreak on the road at Chelmsford as they lost out to a late rally in a 13 goal thriller in the Women’s Premier League, finishing off 7-6 losers to the Cobras.
In a very evenly matched game the Wild women took a two goal lead early in the first period with strikes from Emma Pearson and Abi Culshaw before being pegged back by a Cobras goal. A goal from Wild’s former Belgian international Leen De Decker restored the two goal cushion but late strikes from the hosts meant that the first period ended 3-3.
The second period was a similarly close run affair with Rachel Fairbairn playing superbly in goal for the Wild women in her first ever competitive match.
The Cobras scored two quick goals to put themselves into the lead but a second goal of the game from the Wild’s Culshaw halved the deficit and kept Widnes within touching distance, going into the final period at 5-4 down.
Culshaw struck again on 53 minutes to tie the game and it looked as if the Wild women would push on to pick up their first points of the season.
However, two unassisted goals from Chelmsford’s GB women’s international Bethany Hill – her 3rd and 4th of the game- put the Cobras into an unassailable lead and a goal by Wild’s top scorer from last season Katie Hills in the last 30 seconds of the match was not enough to take a share of the spoils.
Widnes are now in 6th place in the table above bottom team Nottingham Vipers on goal difference with neither team having yet won a point. Nottingham lost 10-2 away to Slough, also on Sunday.
In the other game of the weekend, Streatham Storm moved to the top of the league on Saturday after a 2-5 win away at newly promoted Kingston Diamonds. The storm have won both their league games this season so far and are one point ahead of Slough and Chelmsford who both have 3 points from 2 games.
The Widnes Wild women’s team’s next Women’s Premier League game is at home to Slough Phantoms on Sunday 23rd October at Silver Blades Widnes.
Sunday 25th September 2016 – Women’s Premier League
Chelmsford Cobras 7 – Widnes Wild Women 6
Period Scores: 3-3, 2-1, 2-2
Shots on Goal: Chelmsford 38 – Widnes 34
Penalties in Minutes: Chelmsford 6 – Widnes 2
Abi Culshaw 3+1, Leen De Decker & Katie Hills 1+1, Emma Pearson 1+0, Charlene Chapman 0+2
Photo: Wild’s Abi Culshaw (98) and Leen De Decker (5) attack the Chelmsford goals (photo by Perry Tomlinson Photography)