BURNLEY PREVIEW: Wasps Face Toughest Test

19/11/2010 11:18

HULL Wasps face the toughest test yet of their play-off ambitions tomorrow (Saturday) when fourth-place Burnley cross the Pennines for a War of the Roses.

The Lancashire side have started their first season in National League basketball by winning five of their first six games, losing only to leaders Warrington Wolves and handing champions Huddersfield Heat their first loss in two seasons.

Burnley’s visit is the first in a run of games that will define Hull’s season, according to player-coach John Brignell.

It is followed by a double-header trip to take on fellow play-off hopefuls against Cheshire and Bury and then games against Huddersfield and undefeated Warrington.

Brignell said: “The season starts now, as far as I am concerned.

“We have played some excellent basketball so far this season, but, with no disrespect meant to our opponents, we haven’t really played anyone yet.

“This run will go along way to showing us how far we have come as a team. I have every confidence that we are good enough to beat anyone in our league. We said that from day one.

“Now we will get the chance to prove it.”

The game will see the return of guard Ash Rice, forward Rob Birchmore and point guard Chris Cummings, who all missed last weekend’s narrow National Shield defeat against Sefton Stars.

Hull will assess the fitness of forwards Miles Anderson and Jimmy Coulson, who were also missing last weekend.