Wild win a feisty encounter to keep hopes alive

Goal for Wild. 	Pic: Geoff White.

Goal for Wild. Pic: Geoff White.

First published in Sport

Widnes Wild 7
Coventry Blaze 2

THE final home game of the season saw Widnes defeat third placed Coventry to keep alive their play off hopes.

A sizeable crowd saw Wild take a first minute lead when Filip Supa crashed a shot past the helpless Connor Ranby.

In an end to end game, Coventry equalised in the 11th minute.

After sustained Wild pressure, a half hit defensive clearance found Ben Brown who beat Ranby to give Wild a 2-1 lead at the first interval.

The vital third goal came in the 28th minute when Bobby Caunce took a Filip Supa pass on the left and fired home but Blaze replied.

Wild went clear in the 52nd minute when big Aled Roberts, standing in in defence fired a high shot from the left and a deflection off a Coventry defenceman saw the puck fly past Gill.

Bobby Caunce gave Widnes an unassailable 5-2 lead before Filip Supa hit the goal of the night.

Supa added a seventh and as the game drew to a close, a second fight broke out as a high stick saw MVP Dan Bracegirdle have teeth loosened.

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