Report: Wasps Netball 57-53 Saracens Mavericks

Wasps Netball secured their first win of the season with a hard-fought 57-53 victory over Saracens Mavericks at Ricoh Arena.

It was a high-intensity match-up between two of the league’s top sides, which saw the Black and Golds pull away in the second quarter and maintain that margin through the second-half.

Mel Mansfield’s side will now face Team Bath at Team Bath Arena in their next fixture on Friday night (7.30pm centre-pass).

Mansfield said: “This was a really important win for us tonight. It was about how the team were feeling at this stage in the season and it will be a big boost.

“I was pleased with our start after our poor start last week and we were able to keep the pressure on after half-time.

“It’s only game two of a long season and we know we have plenty to improve on.

“Lexi Baker had an exceptional game at Goal Attack but we needed something different in the second-half and Katie Harris is so reliable for us.

“We’ve got another big game on Friday night and we’ll approach training now this week with some real positivity and confidence.”

Wasps started the quicker of the two sides and rushed out to an early three-goal lead, with the new shooting partnership of Rachel Dunn and Lexi Baker already showing promise.

The visitors came straight back with three unanswered goals, with ex-Wasp George Fisher proving clinical at the other end.

The Black and Golds started to win the mid-court battle as the quarter went on, with the trio of Amy Flanagan, Jade Clarke and Iona Christian quick to force turnovers.

The first 15 minutes came to a close with Wasps’ lead at two, with both sides battling for every ball.

Mavericks scored three quickfire goals to take the lead at the start of the second quarter, as the hosts struggled to penetrate in attack.