Coach Hopkins and Myerscough confident ahead of EABL play-offs

Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins says his side “won’t take anything for granted” ahead of their EABL play-off clash with Canterbury on Wednesday.

The Northern Conference winners come into the Elite Eight stage of the competition in fine form after an unbeaten 14-0 record in the regular season.

They will want to improve on their semi-final showing in last year’s competition, after losing out 58-63 to eventual runners up Barking Abbey.

Hopkins is confident his side will do just that, saying: “Obviously we’re deep into the season now, and now is really the time that counts.

“Our guys have practised really well over the last couple of weeks. Even to the point when they came back from half term early, such is our commitment to the competition so we’re really excited.

“We’re a confident group, we know there’s other confident groups out there. We’re not going to take anything for granted, it’s one game at a time at this point in the season.

“All we’ve got to do at this point is obviously get past a Canterbury team who will for sure give us a lot of problems.”

On the threat this week’s opposition will pose, he added: “Canterbury have done exceptionally well this season to make the playoffs. They have got some very committed players and are well coached, we are expecting them to come here very well prepared and have a game plan.

“But that’s something we look forward to. I expect a lot of in-game adjustments from Coach Davies and our guys are prepared for that, so I think its going to be a clash of styles.

“We’re obviously a bigger team so we’re going to look to really utilise our height and size whereas Canterbury are a team that have a number of players that have the green light from the three-point line.

“I’m expecting an exciting game, hopefully we can do enough to come away with the win.”

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