Another Tough Test for Wasps

12/11/2011 11:21

Hull Wasps will look to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat with a double-header this weekend. Wasps played league favourites Burnley Blaze in last weekend’s National League home fixture but were soundly beaten 85-64.

Matt Fawcett’s side will travel to Stockport Falcons this evening looking to bounce straight back against a side who, like Burnley, currently go undefeated in the league so far.

“Last weekend was a tough one to swallow.” said Fawcett ahead of the weekend’s double-header.

“I knew we would be up against it when we played Burnley but quite simply, we were outclassed. As coach I blame myself. On paper we have a team that should be dominating this league but it hasn't quite clicked yet.

The Hull Wasps have lost three times in the league so far this season but have immediately bounced back to win the following game. After defeats by Tees Valley, Middlesbrough and Burnley the Wasps will be looking to find some rhythm as a team and get a run of results together that will see them climb the National League 4 North table.

“We will continue to work hard and push to get better. We are a new group of players and have gelled together off court but we haven't got there yet on court. This weekend presents another set of tough challenges. We are used to that though. Every week is a new challenge playing different teams and players. We have to cope with those challenges and play at our best. When we do we can compete with anyone.“

Tomorrow, the Wasps return home to face an even tougher task when they face Division 3 Leeds Carnegie II. Leeds have lost just once out of their five games so far this season in National League 3 North and sit a comfortable third place within the league.

If the Wasps can pull off a Shield shock, they will reach the National Shield quarter-finals for the first time in the club’s history tonight but will need to perform to their very best to stand a chance against a very strong Leeds side.

Fawcett continued: “We face Leeds who compete in a division higher than us normally but we fully intend to continue our Shield run this year and progress past the third round. We have the players; we now need the team to pull it together and show what we’re made of for both of these games.”

Hull Wasps go into both games without influential captain John Brignell but have no other injury problems ahead of tonight’s game. Tip-off at Stockport Sport Centre is 5:30pm this evening while the game tomorrow tips-off at 6:30pm at the Bonus Arena.