Wasps Face Double-Header Away

26/11/2010 14:45

HULL Wasps are aiming for a quick recovery from their first league defeat of the season with a tough double-header in the north-west.

Hull face old rivals Bury Blue Devils in Lancashire on Saturday before taking on the newly former Cheshire Jets, the second team of the professional side of the same name, on Sunday.

It is just a week after the third-placed Wasps were handed an 88-73 defeat on their own court by Burnley.

Both of their weekend opponents are sitting in mid-table at this early stage of the season, but Wasps captain Jamie Goodwin said that may not be a fair reflection of the sides in such a divided league.

Goodwin said: “We know what to expect from Bury. They are a tough, quick side with tall shooters who look to score from mid-range. We have always had close games against them and have perhaps not had the success we would have hoped for.

“Cheshire, on the other hand, present a totally new challenge. They are new to our league, so we don’t know what to expect from them. But as a second team of a BBL side, I expect they will be young and well-drilled.

”Both are winning about half their games, but league records at this stage of the season are totally false because they depend entirely on how many of the so-called elite teams they have played at this stage.

“We are third at the moment. We consider ourselves one of the top four teams in the league, but to stay there, we need to win both games at the weekend, which will not be easy.”

Hull take a strong 10 to the north-west. Forward Jimmy Coulson and guard Andy Marr drop out for personal reasons.