Wasps Ready for Lions Showdown

21/01/2012 12:07

Hull Wasps make a trip to third-place Middlesbrough Lions this Sunday in a bid to reach the play-offs. Matt Fawcett’s side sit just two points behind the Lions in National League 4 North and a win this weekend would see them draw level on points.

With a tough run of games for Hull on the horizon, Fawcett believes his side has what it takes to keep up the pressure on their rivals.

“We’re playing some good basketball at the moment” said Fawcett, who saw his side immediately bounce back from defeat to Rossendale last Saturday with a dramatic one-point win over Tees Valley Mohawks on Sunday.

“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing because I don’t think we’re doing a lot wrong. Our performances have shown that. We’ve made some poor calls sometimes, the majority coming from me as a coach but we’re still a young team and lack a little experience at times. I’m extremely proud of the way we hit back on Sunday. We had many tired legs out there but they never gave up and that shows a lot of character.”

The Lions have recruited well over the summer bringing in experienced forwards Mike Konanec and Tom Robinson. Their influence has certainly been a key factor in their success so far this season. They’re certainly not a side that Fawcett will be taking lightly and see’s Middlesbrough as one of the top teams in the league this season.

“They’re a quality side. They’re pretty much unstoppable right now. They came to our place in October and went away with the points. We did pay them back the following day in the Shield and that shows that we can beat them but it will certainly take a lot this weekend to win on their home court.”

The Wasps are on a terrific run, winning six from their last seven games. Middlesbrough however, are on a similar run, winning seven from their last eight. Earlier in the season the Lions defeated the Wasps at the Bonus Arena by just eight points. This game on Sunday will be the start of a tough run of games for the Wasps but Fawcett has confidence in his side’s ability to get the results.

“We’re peaking at the right time and the team are determined to succeed this year. We’re learning in each game and improving all the time. Hopefully we’ll keep the results coming and find ourselves in a play-off spot in March.”

The Wasps don’t have any major injury concerns ahead of the game on Sunday. Tip-off at Eston Sports Academy is 4pm.