Wasps power to Cranford victory
PUBLISHED: 12:38 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:38 12 February 2015
Wasps had just seven players on duty for their 51-12 success over Cranford.
On a slippery surface Wasps were sluggish in the opening exchanges and Cranford took advantage, racing into a two goal lead. That served to shake Wasps into a reaction and they were quickly into their stride, shutting out any further goal scoring opportunities for Cranford whilst netting 19 of their own to hold a healthy lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter mirrored the first with Wasps scoring 13 more thanks to the efforts of shooters Helen Chester and Nicola Field.
The freezing conditions led half-time changes for players to get some action to keep warm!
In the third quarter the Wasps defence was almost immaculate as Cranford managed to score just the one goal which was harsh on them as they had showed readiness to pick up any loose ball and fire it back up the court with pace at every opportunity.
The final quarter began with Wasps 41-7 to the good. Cranford enjoyed their best spell of the match in the closing stages as they netted five times.
At the other end Wasps notched another dozen to finish as comfortable winners.
Credit must be given to the Cranford players who, though up against a much stronger opposing team, showed no signs of surrender and played with genuine spirit from first whistle to last.
The Player of the Match awards went to Wasps’ centre Sasha Podbury and for Cranford, goal defence Kat Jackson.