Hull Wasps make the trip across the Pennines this Saturday to face Liverpool, hoping that this encounter will be the start of a mini unbeaten run to end the season. Liverpool have struggled so far this season, currently standing in 8th position in V-Cars.co.uk divison 4 with a 2-7 record.
Their only victories this season have come against basement team Oldham Titans, who were beaten by Wasps early in the season when Neil Rymer's 21 points inspired his side to a hard-fought victory.
Liverpool were led on that occasion by James Richards' 21 points. Richards possesses a deadly three point shot, but the main man is 6'6" David Ulph who averages an impressive 18 ppg this season. Along with 6'6" Niall Mullan and 5'11" Jack Hudson, Ulph has experience at the highest level this season with Mersey Tigers of the BBL. However, outside of these 4 players Liverpool would appear to lack the squad depth to trouble the Wasps and are unlikely to improve on their 17-75 all-time record at this level.
With no new injury worries, the biggest challenge to Coach Fawcett will be who to leave out as back up players Mark Baker and Matt Wilson both had solid games in the defeat to the Spartans, and so the Wasps look to bounce back to winning ways.
Despite last weekend's defeat, the Wasps still have a solid chance of finishing the season with an impressive winning record as all 4 remaining matches are against teams that they have beaten this season. Indeed, the next three games are against the bottom three teams in the division with only the final game of the season against league leaders Tees Valley Mohawks II appearing daunting. However, the Wasps have beaten Mohawks convincingly in the Shield at home in November, and, in the league, they put in a great effort before losing out in the final quarter after only trailing by 4 points with four minutes to go.
Tip off at the Walton Sports Centre in Liverpool is 5.30pm on Saturday 16th February 2013.
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