Barron back in charge as Widnes Wild confirm line-up for return

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Widnes Wild have confirmed Ollie Barron will be at the helm as they return to action this weekend.

Wild travel to Blackburn Hawks this Sunday for the first game in the NIHL Moralee North 1 streaming cup competition, where they will be joined by Sheffield Scimitars and Nottingham Lions.

No spectators will be allowed into the rinks to watch the games, but plans are being put in place to live stream.

Netminding duties for Widnes will be divided between Phil Pearson, Tom McDonald and Matt Croyle.

Pearson joined the Wild last season from Bradford Bulldogs, Croyle returns following a spell at Bracknell and McDonald has been with the club since playing in their very first match.

Returning from last season in defence are Peter Toth, Lee Kemp, Bez Hughes, Callum Worthington-Evans and Tom Jackson.

Tom Barry returns to the Wild after a few seasons with Sheffield Steeldogs, alongside team-mate Jordan Griffin, and Lewis Baldwin joins from Leeds Chiefs.

In offence, Ken Armstrong, Mikey Gilbert, MJ Clancy, Dani Haid, Chris Gee, Matt Tarpey and Mike Mawer all return.

Wild have also signed Richard Haggar (Hull Jets), Joey Coulter and Adam Barnes (both Leeds Chiefs).

Barron will also suit up, along with Stuart Brittle, with Mark Gillingham in place as assistant coach.

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