Fawcett – Wasps need to hit back
HULL Wasps coach Matt Fawcett wants his side to knuckle down after suffering a 92-71 hammering at home by Stockport Spartans.
Coached by ex-England international Jason Swaine, who scored 34 points, the Spartans restricted the Wasps to difficult opportunities at the offensive end, whilst scoring with ease.
Despite the defeat, the Wasps are still fourth in V-Cars.co.uk Division Four.
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With the next three matches all against the bottom three sides, Wasps are confident they can consolidate and finish the season with a winning record.
Fawcett said: "For the first time this season we got beaten by a massive margin.
"But there is no point me or the team dwelling on the result. We have to work to get better."
After holding Newcastle Knights to a season-low of 43 points, Wasps' exceptional defence had a torrid evening as Spartans poured in a massive 34 points, behind fine shooting from Swaine and solid work inside from 6ft 3ins forward Stu Griffiths.
Wasps trailed 34-11 at the end of the first quarter.
Wasps slowed Spartans' momentum in the second quarter, as well as finding a little more offensive cohesion, but despite this they still trailed 58-27 at half-time.
Quarter three saw the Wasps play a solid 10 minutes.
Matt Wilson, Matt Brutnell and Mark Baker began to dominate against the Spartans' smaller line- up to help Wasps outscore Spartans 25-15.
But Wasps could not close the gap any further in the final 10 minutes.
Brutnell led Wasps' scorers with 14, Wilson 10 and Baker eight.
Fawcett said: "There were a few good performances from the lads.
"Mark Baker made the most of his chance and I thought Flo Gammino had a good first run-out."
WASPS' next match is away to Liverpool on Saturday, tip-off 5.30pm at Walton Sports Centre.