Sting in the tail as Wasps win

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Winster Wasps 3

Darley Dale Lions 1

As documented in the National Geographic, most animals have developed a well-earned fear of stinging wasps and give them a wide berth.

Creatures who stumble upon a wasp colony or disturb a nest will find themselves quickly swarmed, as Darley Dale Lions found out in Hope Valley Division B.

In what has been an eagerly awaited midweek local fixture, an edgy and nervous start saw opportunities missed by both teams, yet a Winster side which benefited from the bustling attacks of Ashley Dooley and the return of the industrious Marsden brothers – Leigh and James – burst into life in a fervent 15 minutes of the first half as a brace of goals from James Ford and a single Josh Weston strike sent the Wasps flying into a 3-0 lead at the break.

Trying to find a way back into the game during the second half proved difficult for the Lions, as another MOTM and imperious performance by Billy Lester at the heart of the Winster defence was equally matched by strong performances alongside him from Bill Hardy, Joe Redfern, Tom Farr and Matt Rhodes in goal.

With light fading fast, so were Darley’s chances of getting anything from the game and although a penalty kick ten minutes before time was converted by Liam Ashton, this was only to provide small consolation for the Lions.

Picking up injuries and balancing a congested early season fixture list, Winster were always going to find it hard to maintain their impressive form and although a 4-2 defeat to Buxworth on Saturday was disappointing, seven points from 12 is their best start to a campaign.