MIKEY Gilbert and Matt Croyle were the stars as Widnes Wild picked up another victory on Saturday.

Gilbert netted both goals as Wild won 2-0 on the road at Sutton Sting, taking his tally to 14 strikes in 16 outings this campaign.

The hosts enjoyed several spells of pressure, but the Wild defence held firm and, when called upon, netminder Croyle remained unmoved despite facing a total of 57 shots.

Sutton hit the post several times, but Widnes held on to give Croyle back-to-back shut-outs to take his overall tally for the season to three and pick up the game’s MVP award.

“We travelled to Sheffield missing some key players, but I was delighted with the team’s work rate and desire to grind out the game,” Wild player-coach Ollie Bradley said.

“Sutton play a fast game, with many good young promising players rolling four lines on a big ice pad and they are a difficult team to face.

“I felt we stayed disciplined and worked hard as a team both defensively and going forward.”

In their final game before Christmas, Widnes travel back over the Pennines to face Bradford Bulldogs on Saturday.

Two weeks ago, Wild thrashed the Bulldogs 10-0 at Silver Blades Widnes but Bradley has warned his players against overconfidence.

“Our attention now turns to facing Bradford next Saturday where I expect a different game to our last meeting,” he said.

“Bradford on home ice pose difficult opposition and we will have to work hard and get stuck in to come away with the points.”