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Boss left purring after leaders Wasps win

Craig Gibbons 27th Apr, 2018

WASPS secured a comfortable 61-44 victory over Team Bath on their return to Vitality Superleague action.

Commonwealth Games gold medal winners Natalie Haythornthwaite and Jade Clarke returned for Wasps, with England team-mate Kadeen Corbin taking to the court for the visitors at the Ricoh Arena.

The game provided the hosts with a ninth successive victory, left them unbeaten this season and top of the Superleague table.

Wasps’ netball director Tamsin Greenway praised the contributions of her gold medal pair.

“It’s good to be back and especially to be back with a win,” she said.

“Having Nat and Jade back was huge for us.

“The impact they had on the game was phenomenal, it was a really quality performance from them both.

“It was back to business after the Commonwealth Games and I thought defensively we were on fire.

“We got everything thrown at us and were still able to come out on top.

“We were challenged throughout, as we’re the scalp everyone wants, but we want to be under that pressure.

“You can see the team is full of confidence and teams are hard to beat when they play with this much belief.”

The visitors were without star goalkeeper Eboni Beckford-Chambers and replacement Zanele Vimbela struggled to handle Wasps’ shooter George Fisher in the opening stages.

Despite Haythornthwaite and Clarke linking well, Bath managed to keep pace with the hosts as good attacking work from Corbin left them trailing by only five at the end of the first quarter.

A flying interception from Sam May kick-started the second period for Wasps and, with May continuing her dominant defensive display to limit opportunities for Bath shooter Chelsea Lewis, the home side took control of the game.

After the break, Fisher starred for Wasps and linked up well with Haythornthwaite to extend the home lead to double figures.

Bath battled hard and sought to work their way back into the game, but were hindered by a series of misplaced passes.

Lucy Harris came on to court for the final quarter as the home side pressed home their advantage to run out 61-44 winners.

Wasps’ next home fixture sees them face Manchester Thunder on Friday.

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