Hull Wasps make a return home to the Bonus Arena tomorrow night in their final home game of the season, before finishing off the campaign on Sunday at Bradford Maroons.
The Wasps are desperately seeking maximum points in both games this weekend in a bid to seal fourth place in National League 4 North. Should they achieve fourth, it will set a new height in their short four year history, having achieved their highest number of wins, points and league position ever. Along the way, they have beaten every team in the league, a feat that club captain, John Brignell is certainly proud of.
“Without a doubt this has been one of the most consistent seasons for the Wasps” said Brignell.
“We all, particularly Coach Fawcett, can finish the season proud of this achievement. In reality, coach will be disappointed we didn’t do better. The league this year looked wide open, and on our best day we were the number one team in this league.
Hull will still miss their captain for both games this weekend as his injury troubles continue. He is bitterly disappointed about last weekend’s surprise defeat at Liverpool and believes that the game against Mold Magic tomorrow is a must-win game.
“It’s a must-win, and it’s a should-win. Mold were not amazing when we faced them, but they can spring a surprise. What matters is that we stick to our game plan, and do our best from tip to buzzer.”
The Magic currently prop-up the league table with only two wins and seventeen losses in their debut season. The Wasps convincingly beat them earlier in the season with a 70-50 victory at their home court. Bradford should provide a tougher test on Sunday, sitting only a few places below the Wasps in the league. But with a stunning 89-40 win over the Maroons before Christmas and an eight-point gap between the two sides, the Wasps will head into both games as favourites this weekend.
Wasps player-coach Matt Fawcett knows more than anyone that they cannot repeat last Saturday’s performance against Liverpool and take anything for granted.
“We need to knuckle down and get back to our best form” said Fawcett.
“We were way below par last week and perhaps a little complacent. We will learn from that like we’ve been learning all season and we won’t take Mold and Bradford lightly this weekend. We have to play our game and stay focused. If we can do that, we’ll finish on a high and our hard work will pay off.”
Tip-off at the Bonus Arena tomorrow is 7:30pm before the Wasps close out the season away at Bradford Maroons on Sunday at 2pm.
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