WITH Wasps' court being badly affected by the heavy rain, this local derby was moved to the courts at Haygrove.

Venus were much changed from the side who secured their first win the previous week but set off in anticipation of a second victory.

In a positive opening quarter, captain Cath Clark (C) encouraged her team to a steady start. Hollie Cornish (GD) read the incoming ball well and provided good support up the court as the two teams battled driving rain.

Although Wasps had an improved second quarter, Venus' attack of Clark, Chris Shaw (WA), Norah Lewis (GA) and Paula Barber (GS) worked tirelessly, their patience around and in the circle being rewarded with consistent shooting.

Emily Rowland (WD) had forced a number of interceptions and swapped with Cornish in the final quarter where she supported goalkeeper Julie McClean, who had an excellent final quarter as she made one tip after another to frustrate Wasps' attack. Emily Rowland, Hollie Cornish and Julie McClean were voted Mars players of the match.