RESULT: Middlesbrough Lions 58 Hull Wasps 59

15/11/2009 18:41

IT TOOK a game-winning free-throw from forward James Rayner to seal a nerve-racking 59-58 victory over the Middlesbrough Lions on Sunday afternoon in National League 4. 

After last week's home defeat to Huddersfield, it was important for the Wasps to pick up 2 points and keep pace with the other teams at the top of the league, and was an ideal response to their coach's request to "treat every game like a play-off".

A slow start to the game found Hull trailing behind in the opening 10 minutes but a stronger second period brought the game level, 25-25, at half-time.

After a difficult start to the second half, the Wasps pushed on in the final quarter of the game with Hull's 6'10" polish star, Michal Kucmierczyk, top scoring with 17 points. Makeshift point guard Rob Birchmore added 10 points and Kamil Pilarski hit 8.

Hull continue their impressive second season in National League this Saturday (21st) when Wirral Hornets come to the Gemtec Arena. Hull defeated Wirral in the final game of last season to finish above the Merseyside team in the table.

Hull Wasps will also be assisting Viking FM's Cash For Kids Charity on the night with the launch of this year's Charity Toy Appeal. People of Hull can come to the Gemtec Arena on Saturday night and donate a toy to the appeal and in return can purchase a family ticket for 4 people for just £9!