Week 4 Preview – Northern Conference

We’ve got a trio of games in the Northern Conference this week, including defending EABL champs Charnwood getting their season underway.

Manchester Magic Academy (1-0) v Charnwood College (0-0)

After a long lay off following an opening day win against SGS, Manchester are back in action as they host Charnwood.

It remains be seen how the defending champions will start their campaign and if a delayed opening to their season is a help or a hindrance. Regardless of what the rest of the Northern Conference could throw at the Riders in 2018/19, it didn’t work as Charnwood put together a perfect 14-0 record.

Saul May looked dangerous for Manchester is their last outing, the talented wing enjoyed 15 points and he’d like to keep that form going tomorrow despite the break in Manchester’s schedule.

2018/19 result – Manchester Magic Academy 67 – 85 Charnwood College

The Sheffield College (1-1) v Myerscough College (2-0)

After going 2-12 last season, Sheffield are looking to make improvements early in their 2019/20 campaign. A 108 – 61 win over Newcastle on opening day was a plus but that momentum was short lived following a 115-90 defeat to Derby the following week.

Myerscough have looked comfortable in both of their opening games so far, dispatching Newcastle 90-50 and Derby 82-44. It remains to be seen if Sheffield will provide a sterner test, but this was a fixture that Myerscough won comfortably last year.

2018/19 result – The Sheffield College 66 – 103 Myerscough College

Derby Trailblazers Academy (1-1) v SGS College (1-2)

Another potential fringe playoff side, Derby will be looking to string some wins together following their defeat to Myerscough and tomorrow’s fixture against SGS is a good place to start. Blake Bowman averages 18.5 points on the year and will no doubt look to keep that form going.

SGS grabbed their first win of the season last time out, beating Newcastle 104-78. Guard Marvin Dinnall has been impressive so far, averaging 18ppg. After a fine performance for Bristol Flyers in NBL Division Two this past weekend, the youngster looks to be going from strength to strength, something the Trailblazers will need to be wary of.

2018/19 result – Derby Trailblazers Academy 90 – 64 SGS College

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