Week 5 Preview – Northern Conference

Myerscough College

The EABL season is racing along and week 5 contains another trio of games in the Northern Conference. With the standings beginning to take shape after early season games, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge on how these teams stack up in 2019/20. Let’s take a look at what week 5 has in store.

Charnwood College (1-0) v Myerscough College (3-0)

An exciting early season match up between two heavyweights of the Northern Conference, Myerscough v Charnwood is sure to provide a great spectacle for any EABL fan tomorrow.

Having only played 1 game so far this season, it’s tough to get a read on Charnwood in 2019/20. Despite trailing at the half, the Riders still grabbed a 66-54 win against Manchester last week. Another slow start here though could be a lot more costly.

Myerscough have breezed through their schedule so far, winning all three games with an average margin of victory of 40 points. It’s highly unlikely they’ll have things that easy against Charnwood but they have looked very strong in the early going.

2018/19 result – Charnwood College 73 – 67 Myerscough College

SGS College (1-3) v The Sheffield College (1-2)

SGS couldn’t grab a win in Derby last week but putting up 84 points suggests their offence is still potent at this level, even if the South West side aren’t securing the victories they’d like right now. Marvin Dinnall continues to impress and has been grabbing the attention of the BBL’s Bristol Flyers in the process, he’ll be a big factor here.

Sheffield started their season with a win over Newcastle but have lost consecutive games since and need to bounce back. Tomorrow’s fixture could be important for both sides as they look to build some momentum and show they’re a programme capable of improving upon their 2018/19 record.

These two programmes had similar records last year and played out a close game in this fixture during 2018/19. Will that be the case in 2019/20, or can one of these sides begin to push ahead?

2018/19 result – SGS College 84 – 88 The Sheffield College

Manchester Magic Academy (1-1) v James Watt College (1-0)

As the conference’s only other unbeaten team, James Watt still have plenty to play for after a gap in their early schedule. A 78 – 70 win last time out over SGS was perhaps a little closer than JWC would have liked, but it was a win nevertheless as the Midlands side head to Manchester tomorrow.

Losing to Charnwood despite leading at half time will have hurt Manchester as they look to establish themselves firmly in the upper reaches of the Northern Conference. A win tomorrow would help with that, and Jason Ani leads the Magic with 11ppg this year. He’ll need to keep that production going if Manchester are going to get their record back above .500.

2018/19 results – Manchester Magic Academy 47 – 57 James Watt College

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