Hull Wasps make their season debut at home on Saturday with the visit of Newcastle ULC Knights.
Starting out at their temporary new home of Andrew Marvell College, the Wasps will be looking to get their first win on the board and bounce back from last week’s defeat to league-favourites, Liverpool.
“We got probably the toughest one out of the way” said Wasps head coach, Matt Fawcett.
“It’s onwards and upwards from here. We played well at times last week but it was a big learning curve for this team. We didn’t play particularly well as a unit at times but there were moments where we played the ball well and looked a big threat going forward.”
Fawcett, in his fourth season with the Wasps as coach, believes his side can be a real challenger this year and with the top four spots in the table reaching the play-offs, there’s a strong possibility of the Wasps reaching them two years running.
“Defensively there are big areas to work on but I’m expecting a good response from the team this weekend. We have another very tough test against Newcastle. We met them in the play-offs last season and they beat us by just 3 points I believe so it’s not huge margins.
“We’ve got great strength this year and we can give most teams in this league a run for their money. We must stay focused on a game at a time though and hopefully by the end, we’ll be up there challenging for a spot in the play-offs.”
The Wasps lost a couple of key players from last season’s promotion-winning team, including John Stewart, Jack Daley and Manuel Guzman. But they’ve recruited well in the summer, bringing in guards Ash Rice and Matt MacArt from the USA. Angelo Irving, who’s previously played in National League Division 2, has also returned to the club he played for in their inaugural season in 2008. Jordache and Jarrett Akpoveta provide strength and experience, while Sean Knight has also returned. John Kelsey will captain the side for his seventh season for the club too.
The game tips off at 6pm tomorrow, Andrew Marvell College.
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