Wasps Slay the Dragons

29/10/2011 18:50

Bradford Dragons II 81 Hull Wasps 85

Hull Wasps travelled to Bradford Dragons II on Saturday afternoon and came away with all 2 points with a tense finish to the game.

The Wasps made a better start to the game than they have done in recent weeks and took an early 17-14 lead to close the first quarter.

The home side came out after the break though and got the better of the visiting Wasps in the second-period, taking a 1 point lead at half-time, 40-39.

The Wasps just edged the third period and took a 62-61 lead going into the final-quarter.

It always looked as though it was going to be close conclusion with only a small margin to win it, and so it proved. The visiting Wasps were up by 1 with just seconds remaining in the game. Bradford came forward but missed their opportunity to take the lead by turning over possession to the Wasps, only for player-coach Matt Fawcett to score a long-range 3-point buzzer beater to give the Wasps a 4 point win.

Following the game, coach Fawcett said: "It was a tough win for the guys today. Those games are tricky and in previous seasons, we've more often been on the losing end of those. It was good to get the win and we'll keep looking to build on this.

"We have Burnley at home next weekend and that will be our toughest test so far. For me, Burnley are probably the favourites for the league title this year so we have to go away and work even harder before next week."

John Brignell top-scored for the Wasps once again with 26 points. Adrian Blatherwick scored 20.