Galvanised Mansfield Giants spring a real surprise by getting the better of Team Birmingham Elite

Mansfield Giants sent shockwaves through Division Two North with a surprise 72-68 result over second-placed Team Birmingham Elite, who had previously only lost one game so far this season.

Beth Wheldon topscored with 27 points and Jo Richards added 17 for the home team, who took their record to 5-5 and sit fifth in the standings.

Giants head coach Richards stated: “This performance was long overdue for us. The team has been working extremely hard in practice and we knew, if we put the work in, that things would drop into place for us.

“This is the confidence boost we needed going into the last stretch of games and hopefully we can build on this to finish the league strong after a shaky start with injuries.”

There were also home wins for Cardiff City (64-58 vs West Herts Warriors), Northamptonshire Titans (78-71 vs Worcester Wolves), Sefton Starlights (69-57 vs Barrow Thorns) and the University of Nottingham (66-58 vs Derbyshire Gems) in this particular tier.