Report: Team Bath 63-51 Wasps Netball

Wasps Netball fell to their second defeat of the season on a frustrating evening at Team Bath Arena.

Mel Mansfield’s side started the stronger of the two teams but the home side produced a flawless performance in the third quarter to turn the game on its head.

Bath pressed on in the final 15 minutes and the Black and Golds weren’t able to halt their march as the hosts ran out 63-51 winners.

Wasps Netball Head Coach Mansfield said: “It really was a game of two halves. We had a strong first quarter which is what I asked for and then a poor second half.

“I don’t think Bath were ever out of it and just before half-time they were coming back strong at us.

“We didn’t respond well to their changes and today our changes weren’t as effective as they have been previously.

“We stopped attacking the game and did force some turnovers in quarter three but then didn’t convert those into goals.

“I’ve said to the girls, we’ve got to get some perspective, this is only game three. I thought we would have been better here but we’ll get back into training and start to prepare for another big game against Severn Stars next Saturday.”

The match started at a fast pace with both sides going goal-for-goal throughout the opening stages.

The lead continued to change hands until a Bath offside gave the ball back to Wasps, giving the Black and Golds the opportunity to establish a lead.

Rachel Dunn looked in clinical form throughout the first quarter, capitalising on some great work from her defensive teammates and helping the visitors to a four-goal lead at the close of the first quarter.

Bath started the second quarter in lively fashion, forcing a turnover and converting at the other end.

But it was Dunn again who continued to put the ball in the net and maintain Wasps’ advantage, as Dunn and Iona Christian showed great chemistry on the circle edge.

The home side fought back and reduced the deficit to three, following two turnovers from the Black and Golds.

Wasps responded well and soon restored their advantage to five goals going into half-time, with patience on the attacking end proving the difference.

Bath looked like a new team after half-time and Wasps struggled to contain the hosts.

Midway through the third quarter the Black and Golds’ lead had disappeared and Bath completed the turnaround to take the lead.

The momentum stayed with Bath and soon they led by five goals. A Fran Williams intercept sparked a change in fortunes for Wasps, who were able to get back within two going into the final quarter.

Bath scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter before Katie Harris sunk a shot of her own. Four turnovers followed between both sides before Dunn scored again for Wasps.

But it was the hosts who took control of the game, as the Black and Golds struggled to halt their opponents’ attack.

Four unanswered goals sealed victory for Bath, who ran out winners by a 12-goal margin.

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Q1: 10-15

Q2: 17-32

Q3: 44-42

Q4: 63-51

Wasps starting seven: GK Hannah Knights; GD Fran Williams; WD Amy Flanagan; C Jade Clarke; WA Iona Christian; GA Lexi Baker; GS Rachel Dunn

Used substitutes: Josie Huckle (GK); Katie Harris (GA)