Week 20 Preview – Northern Conference

The EABL regular season wraps this week with a number of fixtures squeezed in before the deadline. We look at four games in the Northern Conference and the (somewhat complicated!) implications for the teams involved.

Manchester Magic Academy (8-4) v Myerscough College (12-0)

Myerscough have just two games remaining to seal a perfect regular season, though they’ve already captured the Northern Conference regular season title and a #1 seed for the playoffs.

With the status of Manchester’s other remaining game against Charnwood very much up in the air, this contest could represent Manchester’s final game of the season. Owning the head-to-head tie breaker against 4th place James Watt Academy but not against 5th place Derby Trailblazers, Manchester could seal the #3 seed with a win and a Derby loss in either of their final two games, but they can’t drop out of the playoffs regardless of how results play out.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – Myerscough College 71 – 48 Manchester Magic Academy

Newcastle Eagles Academy (0-13) v Derby Trailblazers Academy (7-5)

It appears unlikely that Newcastle will be able to pick up a win to finish the season given that they lost to Derby by over 75 points in their first encounter, but they can still finish their season on a high if they can put on an improved display here.

Derby will know that this is a must win game for their playoff hopes so it’s unlikely they’re going to take their foot off the gas regardless, but Derby are in a tough spot. They don’t own the head-to-head with James Watt in 4th, and if Derby, JWC and Manchester all finish on 8 wins, James Watt would go 3rd, Manchester would be 4th and the Trailblazers would be the odd team out in 5th.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – Derby Trailblazers Academy 123 – 45 Newcastle Eagles Academy

The Sheffield College (3-10) v James Watt College (7-6)

There are still plenty of permutations that could play out in the race for 3rd, 4th and 5th, but James Watt will know that winning against Sheffield helps them out regardless of the scenario.

24 point winners when the teams first met this season, JWC have the quality to see off Sheffield despite being on the road. The West Midlands side could still make the playoffs with a loss, but it would require Derby to lose both their final two games. Considering one of those games is against Newcastle, that appears unlikely.

The best outcome for James Watt is in the mini league table, with all three sides finishing on 8 wins. That would give JWC the #3 seed, but requires a win here regardless.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – James Watt College 96 – 72 The Sheffield College

Derby Trailblazers Academy (7-5) v Myerscough College (12-0)

In the regular season’s final game, Derby host Myerscough in a contest that could still carry a lot of consequence for the Northern Conference standings.

Myerscough could still be chasing their unbeaten season and momentum going into the post season, and Derby may need a win to either make the playoffs, or improve their seeding. Outmatched the last time the teams met, the Trailblazers will need to be ready to go against a deep and talented Myerscough side.

If Manchester lose against Myerscough tomorrow, James Watt beat Sheffield and Derby win against Newcastle, then Derby would know their fate ahead of this one. Win and they’re the #3 seed, lose and they’re in 5th. That would create quite the spectacle for EABL fans on Thursday night!

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – Myerscough College 82 – 44 Derby Trailblazers Academy

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