18th Sep, 2019

Team Bath left Dunn and dusted by Wasps

Ben Tyler 25th Feb, 2019

WASPS Netball made it six wins from six in the Vitality Superleague with a 57-46 victory over Team Bath.

The match was controlled by Wasps in the second-quarter to take them within reach of victory, although they were forced to hold off a late revival from the hosts.

Holding a six point lead over their nearest rivals, Manchester Thunder and Saracens Mavericks, head coach Mel Mansfield enjoyed the showing by her side.

“We drew the first-quarter but I was really impressed with how we pushed on in the second, got our connections working and took control.

“Bath looked like coming back into it a couple of times but I never felt like we were going to lose the game.

“Not all the changes we made out there in the second-half worked and we’ll be looking into that at training next week.

“The team showed a lot of guts and resilience today and I’m really pleased with the performance.”

Team Bath turned the ball over early on and were able to pull ahead into a two-goal lead, but were eventually caught out by Rachel Dunn – who equalised against her former side.

The quarter ended 11 goals apiece after Dunn levelled again before the buzzer, ensuring that her side had a basis to build on going into the second.

Amy Flanagan intercepted within a minute of the quarter start which resulted in Dunn putting her side ahead, as the visitors began to dominate from mid-court – with Bongi Msomi and Jade Clarke at the centre of the action.

Six unanswered goals from the league leaders followed as the Black and Gold’s remained relentless in attack.

Bath responded with a positive assault on Wasps’ basket, bringing themselves within six points of levelling the scores.

Hannah Knights, Fran Williams and Sam May stepped up their game to protect their lead, whilst Katie Harris played a big role in extending their advantage to ten goals at the end of quarter three.

A strong opening to the final quarter by the hosts threatened to set up a grandstand finish, but fortunately for Wasps, they subdued any pressure through Dunn’s clinical finishing.

Wasps next go up against Strathclyde Sirens at home on Saturday (7pm centre-pass), with tickets available from www.waspsnetball.co.uk

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