Season Defining Weekend Ahead for Wasps
The Hull Wasps will be looking to come out on top again as they enter yet another double header weekend at the Ennerdale Centre.
"We are a fair match against Liverpool and we will be trying our very hardest to get the win we know we deserve and need"
Following a heartbreaking and perhaps unlikely defeat at the hands of rivals the Kingston Panthers, which saw Panthers steal the win with just a three-point lead, the Wasps' chances of the play-offs took a huge hit on Saturday. This weekend sees two games at the home of the Wasps as Leeds Allerton Carnegie and Liverpool visit the Ennerdale Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
Without doubt, league-leaders Liverpool will be the biggest game for the Wasps, but after some very good performances in their most recent games, Leeds will also prove to be a huge threat and Wasps must be at their very best for both games this weekend if they are to come away with the points.
Sunday will perhaps prove to be the most challenging game for the Wasps as they face Liverpool. The game was originally scheduled for early January, but it was postponed until this weekend and therefore both teams are eager to face their opposition to prove themselves.
Liverpool currently stand at first place in the Division 4 National League table and haven't lost a game all season. However, if anyone can come close, it's an in-form Wasps side who will need their top players to perform on the day if they have any chance of beating the 'Mighty Reds'. The Wasps faced Liverpool in their first game of the 2013/14 season and lost with a score of 86-72, a small margin considering the rest of Liverpool's impressive wins in the season.
Hull Wasps' biggest threats in this game will be Liverpool's consistent top scorers Thomson, Carroll and Merkelis - but with a full squad to choose from, Coach Fawcett feels positive about the Wasps' chances.
"Liverpool have consistently smashed their opponents this season, with wins such as 131-59 against the Sefton Stars and 127-21 against Leeds Carnegie. The fact that we lost last time by such a small amount of points in comparison shows that we are a fair match against Liverpool and we will be trying our very hardest to get the win we know we deserve and need. We have made some mistakes this season and we recognise that, but all we can do from this point is continue to work our hardest, not lose our focus, and show our fans what we're made of."
But before Sunday's game the Wasps will face Leeds Allerton High Carnegie on Saturday afternoon.
The Wasps beat Leeds Allerton High Carnegie with a comfortable 104-67 at Leeds Met Uni Sports Centre back in November, which means that Leeds will be looking to even the score. Leeds currently stand at bottom place in the league table, which does not reflect their improved performances in their last few games. After an extremely close game against the Kingston Panthers earlier in the season which saw Leeds lose by only two points at 87-85, Leeds know they have what it takes to bring home a win. Wasps will have to return to Ennerdale on Sunday at their best in order to keep Leeds at bay.
The Hull Wasps will need as much support as possible and are sure fans will be there to get behind the team in this crucial season-defining weekend.
Assistant Coach Jimmy Coulson identified yesterday that the Wasps need to step up their performance in order to bring home the wins they need. "We need to forget about the last game (against the Panthers) and the move on to the next one. I genuinely think we can take both games this weekend but we need to play for each other and step up to the challenge. This is the greatest team we've ever had and we need to show everyone in the league that we can beat Liverpool. The last two performances have been below par and I think we all know what we have to do."
Tip off on Saturday is 7pm and on Sunday at 4pm, both at the Ennerdale Leisure Centre, Hull.