2 December, 2019

National League: Sheffield Steelers move back to the top of the Premier Division

Sheffield Steelers moved back to the top of the Premier Division after beating London Titans 46-56 in the latest round of BWB National League fixtures. 

On a busy weekend of National League action, Steelers v Titans was the only fixture in the Premier Division, meaning last year’s champions knew a win away at London Titans would see The Steelers leapfrog The Owls at the top of the table. 

Sheffield were trailing by two points heading into the final quarter, but 10 points from William Bonner in the final 10 minutes ensured Steelers were celebrating their fifth victory of the season. Bonner top-scored for Steelers with 20 points. 

Sheffield’s only defeat this season remains the loss to The Owls, who are one point behind Sheffield Steelers having played a game less. 

Division 1 

Wakefield Whirlwinds continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 33-75 victory over Manchester Giants Mavericks in Division 1 North. Their latest win makes it four wins from four for Whirlwinds, moving them one point behind Glasgow Rollin’ Rocks having played a game less. 

The Owls 2 claimed their third win of the season thanks to a 43-63 win at Lancaster Bulldogs. 

It’s now five wins from five for Thames Valley Kings, who are new to Division 1 South this season; their latest victory coming away at The Bears 2. 

Their 22-61 win sees Thames Valley Kings add two more points to their tally, moving them to 10 points for the season – one point behind London Titans 2, who have played two more games than The Titans. 

London Titans 2 were also in action this weekend, but they lost 51-59 to Jaguars; one of six National League fixtures to have a points difference of less than 10. 

Division 2 

In Division 2 North, Tees Valley Titans 2 continued their 100 per cent winning record, securing a sixth straight win through a 31-61 victory over Leicester Cobras. 

Leicester Cobras were also in action against Glasgow Rollin’ Rocks with Glasgow winning 39-53. The Scottish team had a busy weekend with games also versus Wolverhampton and Birmingham Phoenix. 

After a 62-22 defeat to Wolverhampton on Saturday, Sunday’s game against Birmingham was much closer with Glasgow ending the weekend with two wins, courtesy of a 59-63 triumph over Birmingham. 

In Division 2 South, Sussex Bears continued their positive start to the season with a 31-53 win away at London Titans 3 to keep the pressure on the teams below who have played fewer games than the current league leaders.  

In their second meeting in two weeks, Norwich Lowriders avenged their defeat to Cardiff Met Archers with a 50-55 away win. 

Division 3 

North East Warriors were in action twice this weekend in Division 3 North, ending the two days with one win and one defeat. 

After beating Stoke Spitfires 44-29, North East Warriors were back in action against Calderdale with just two points separating the two teams as Calderdale took the win 54-52. 

Wakefield Whirlwinds 2 secured their fourth successive win with a 25-50 victory away at Manchester Giants Mavericks 2. 

The Bears 3 also continued their unbeaten start to the season in Division 3 Central / South West, thanks to a 40-34 victory at home to Thames Valley Kings 2. 

The winning streak of Swansea Storm was also extended via a 28-40 win against Derby Wheelblazers. 

Two points was the difference between Sparrows and Folkestone Arrows as Sparrows claimed the win in Division 3 South East. 

London Titans 4 were victorious against Sussex Bears 2; 38-21 the final score. 

A full list of fixtures, results and league tables can be found on the BWB National League competition page: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/nl-premier-division-19-20/  

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