11 February, 2020

National League Round-Up: 8-9 February

Despite Storm Ciara’s best attempt at disrupting last weekend’s National League action, 26 fixtures went ahead with high scores, close finishes and plenty of impressive individual and team performances.

Premier Division

On a weekend that saw over 2,000 points scored across the National League, The Owls continued their good season to date with victory away at Exeter Otters.

With only 10 points separating the two teams at the halfway stage, The Owls pulled away in the second half of the game scoring 32 points in the third quarter to set-up a 34:74 win.

Billy Bridge and Jack Perry both scored 20 points each as the Manchester-based club secured their seventh win of the season to move two points behind league leaders Sheffield Steelers, who have played a game more.

London Titans moved into a play-off place with a 30:61 win over Tees Valley Titans. Christy Gregan top-scored with 20 points, while Liam Fawcett scored 13 points for Tees Valley Titans.

Darren Peasley scored a league-high 30 points to help The Bears claim their first win of the season, with a 64:46 victory against NI Knights.

Division 1

Wakefield Whirlwinds extended their unbeaten season to date with a seventh successive win. Lee Fryer scored 46 points as Wakefield Whirlwinds scored 98 points against a resilient North Wales Knights side, with the league leaders winning 59:98.

Second-placed Glasgow Rollin’ Rocks were also in action and they were also celebrating victory, thanks to a 62-38 win against The Owls, who are third in the table. It’s set-up to be an intriguing battle when the top-two meet in Wakefield later this month.

In Division 1 South, Thames Valley Kings made it seven wins from seven this season with victory at home to Blackhawks. Liam Barker scored 27 points as the unbeaten Thames Valley Kings celebrated an 86:33 win.

Jaguars remain at the top of the table – having played two more games – and they were victorious against The Bears 2 with Richard Sargent scoring 31 points in their 32:94 win.

Division 2

Tees Valley Titans 2 versus Wolverhampton WBC saw the top-two in Division 2 North go head-to-head and the score line was just as close as their league position with Tees Valley Titans winning 62:60.

Wolverhampton were also in action on Sunday, beating Lothian Phoenix 61-46. Tees Valley Titans now hold a two-point advantage over Wolverhampton, although Wolverhampton have played a game less.

Sheffield Steelers 3 were victorious against Birmingham Phoenix, triumphing 34:79 to consolidate their position within the top-four.

North Wales Knights 2 delivered a close encounter against Lothian Phoenix, with the Welsh team winning 47-44.

In Division 2 South, Cardiff Met Archers beat league leaders Frenford Falcons 44:36 to secure their third win of the season, with the battle for a top-four spot still wide open.

High Rollers boosted their play-off chances with a 26:69 win against second-placed Norwich Lowriders.

Plymouth Raiders 2 were also victorious in their pursuit of a top-four finish with Oscar Knight scoring 37 points to help Plymouth to a 75:39 victory over London Titans 3.

Division 3

There was a close game between Division 3 North leaders Vikings and Manchester Giants Mavericks 2, with Vikings winning 32:28.

Second-placed Calderdale also secured victory, thanks to a 43-32 win at home to Jaguars 2. Wakefield Whirlwinds 2 beat Stoke Spitfires 24:31 to remain just one point behind Calderdale, having played two games less.

In Division 3 Central / South West, league leaders Thames Valley Kings 2 celebrated a 37:17 win against Blackhawks, while Swansea Storm claimed a 34:40 win over CWBA.

In Division 3 South East, Sparrows extended their lead at the top of the table with a 28:48 win over Brixton Ballers.

A full list of results and league tables are available here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/nl-premier-division-19-20/

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