Oaklands Wolves suffer home defeat to Manchester Mystics despite bright start

PUBLISHED: 12:39 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 16 January 2018

Oaklands Wolves in the huddle. Picture: RAPHAEL AMETRANO

Oaklands Wolves in the huddle. Picture: RAPHAEL AMETRANO

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A bright start soon dissipated as Oaklands Wolves lost 76-47 at home to Manchester Mystics in the WBBL.

Oaklands Wolves' Lizzy Harrison. Picture: RAPHAEL AMETRANOOaklands Wolves' Lizzy Harrison. Picture: RAPHAEL AMETRANO

The hosts were in touch at half-time but a surge by the Mystics at the start of the third quarter leaves Wolves just outside the play-offs.

Coach Lee Ryan said: “We needed a good start and the players delivered but at this level it only takes a small lapse and teams punish you.

“Unfortunately we dropped our level either side of the half and Manchester capitalised.”

The Wolves face a trip to Barking Abbey on Friday in what has become a must win game for both sides.

Oaklands Wolves' Ciara Belsham. Picture: RAPHAEL AMETRANOOaklands Wolves' Ciara Belsham. Picture: RAPHAEL AMETRANO

Ryan said: “We have a series of games coming up against teams around us and we have to come out with wins. That’s the only way to achieve our target of the play-offs.

“Barking have improved of late and will be desperate to get the win. We have to have to be ready for a battle and play with confidence.”

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