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Wasps bag unlikely point after injury-time dram

WHEN Wasps conceded to go 3-1 down in the third minute of injury-time, the game looked dead and buried.

WHEN Wasps conceded to go 3-1 down in the third minute of injury-time, the game looked dead and buried.

But the Stingers refused to thrown in the towel and took full advantage of lengthy added time to net in the 96th and 98th minutes for the unlikeliest of draws.

Rayners looked to have secured all three points when Ryan Upton netted to put them 3-1 ahead against the run of play.

Wasps were then confronted by a nine-man defensive wall, but they kept the pressure up and it paid off as the visitors got more nervous and dropped deeper and deeper.

First Freddy Tripp found the net, then Stephen Rogers fired home two minutes later to cap an exhilarating finale.

Wasps had started the brighter of the two sides in the first half, with Ryan Sweales just wide from 35 yards and Tripp almost connecting with A Rogers drive after clever interplay between Marc Holt and Michael Wilson.

Rayners led against the run of play on 31 minutes after Upton finished a quick break. Wasps struck back within four minutes when Sweales headed home from a free-kick, but Rayners regained the lead a minute later, with Lee Gardener profiting from another break.

The Stingers had the lion's share of possession in the second half and pushed Rayners back into their final third for much of the time, but the visitors always looked dangerous, especially as Wasps chased the game.

Wasps remain in third place with games in hand on top spot. Next up is a visit to Woodley Town on Saturday (2.15pm kick-off).

 

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