Week 13 Preview – Northern Conference

The penultimate week of action before the mid-season break in late December, there’s three games in the Northern Conference tomorrow for EABL fans to enjoy. Leaders Myerscough have two more games to navigate in order to reach the break unbeaten, starting with a visit from the Conference’s bottom side.

Myerscough College (8-0) v Newcastle Eagles Academy (0-8)

The tough run continues for Newcastle as they head to Myerscough tomorrow, arguably their most difficult game of the season. With an average margin of defeat of 70.4 points over their last five game, the mid-season break can’t come soon enough for the Eagles.

Myerscough could utilise their strength in depth for this contest, allowing coach Neal Hopkins the opportunity to look to some of his bench players. That said, the unbeaten North West programme should be able to secure a result no matter how they choose to approach this one.

2018/19 result – Myerscough College 106-48 Newcastle Eagles Academy

The Sheffield College (2-6) v Derby Trailblazers Academy (5-2)

Sheffield picked up their 2nd win of the season last time out, beating Newcastle on the road thanks to 30 points from Juvainey Wright.

In order to match a strong Trailblazers outfit, the South Yorkshire programme will need Wright, Reyad West (13.0ppg) and Tom Morey (18.0ppg) to fire, the trio form the bulk of Sheffield’s offensive output.

The flip side for the hosts is that they currently give up over 88 points per game this year, and that’ll be a potential avenue of success for a Derby side loaded with offensive talent. At this stage Blake Bowman (27.9ppg, 29.0eff) requires no introduction,  but the likes of Tayo Meade-Bramble (11.1ppg this season, 16 points last week v Charnwood) and Dominik Dejnek-Vel-Denek (14ppg over the last two contests) have both been clicking in recent weeks and will no doubt be looking for further success.

2018/19 result – The Sheffield College 73-95 Derby Trailblazers Academy

SGS College (2-6) v James Watt College (4-4)

SGS host James Watt tomorrow as coach Bourne’s side go in search of their third win of the season, whilst JWC look to establish a firmer grip on the 4th and final playoff place.

SGS have settled into the 6th spot in the North, picking up wins against Newcastle and Sheffield below them but failing to make an impact against the teams above them. Last week’s loss to 5th place Manchester will have hurt in that regard, but it has still been a reasonable 1st half of the season. With another game against Newcastle still to play before the mid-season break, even a 3-7 record at the half way stage would be good going for a programme that only won 1 game in the whole of 2018/19.

With Manchester out of action this week, James Watt can put a bit of breathing space between themselves and 5th place with a win tomorrow. The game against SGS represents their last action before the break, so getting a record above .500 would no doubt be a good way to end 2019.

2018/19 result – SGS College 45-77 James Watt College

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