Team Bath take on London Pulse in huge Vitality Netball Superleague encounter
"There is still a lot of work to do and, despite their league position, Pulse will be a dangerous team"
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 29/04/19 3:02pm
Team Bath head coach Jess Thirlby says "there is still work to do" when they take on a London Pulse side whose performances have improved significantly in recent weeks.
The Blue & Gold know their destiny remains in their own hands after they recorded a superb 56-53 victory at second-placed Manchester Thunder on Saturday.
Thunder, Loughborough Lightning and Saracens Mavericks all still remain in the hunt for spots, joining table-toppers Wasps Netball in the semi-finals.
They now face Superleague newcomers Pulse on Saturday, May 4 (Centre Pass at 6pm) where a win will guarantee them progress to the final four.
It would be great to have another sell-out crowd behind us on Saturday and hopefully we can put on a really good show for them.
"Saturday's result at Thunder was obviously incredibly pleasing and has kept our destiny in our own hands but we are all aware that it will mean nothing if we don't back it up against Pulse," Thirlby said.
"There is still a lot of work to do and, despite their league position, Pulse will be a dangerous team. They beat Mavericks a couple of weeks ago and only lost by five in a high-scoring match against Lightning on Saturday. The return of former Team Bath player and England captain Ama Agbeze from injury has given them a massive lift and they will want to sign off their debut season with a statement of intent.
"The home support has been outstanding this season, both in terms of the numbers turning out and the atmosphere they have created, and there is no doubt they have helped us over the line in a lot of close matches.
"It would be great to have another sell-out crowd behind us on Saturday and hopefully we can put on a really good show for them."
Vitality Netball Superleague - Round 18 fixtures
|Loughborough Lightning||vs||Celtic Dragons|
|Saracens Mavericks||vs||Strathclyde Sirens|
|Team Bath||vs||London Pulse|
|Severn Stars||vs||Wasps Netball|
|Surrey Storm||vs||Manchester Thunder|
Team Bath are at home to London Pulse in their final match of the regular season - you can watch it live on Sky Sports Arena this Saturday at 5.45pm. Sky Sports will also be showing every game of the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in July.