The McDonald’s Nottingham Hoods are back in National League action this weekend against top of the table, Birmingham Mets.
The Hoods have only beaten Mets on 1 occasion in 6, but that sole win was the 2010 National Championship Final. Mets are a very well drilled team who were playing Division 2 basketball last season. Unfortunately, after a good start to their campaign, they picked up injuries to key players that saw them releagted back down to Division 3. They have, however, bounced back and are in pole position in the league and will be looking to extend that lead after Rossendale have been put right back into contention following Stockport’s departure from EBL Division 3.
The Hoods, on the other hand, are fighting their own battle at the other end of the table, but Stockport’s exit has also helped them out hugely as it has brought the teams sitting above them right back into play. A win on Saturday would be a huge result and would fire the Hoods immediately back in to the mix. After a solid home win over Sabres last weekend, the Hoods will be feeling more confident going into the game, but they will have to be at the very top of their game to compete.
GM Lee English commented, “Mets are an extremeley well run and organised team who don’t like losing. We have always had some very physical encounters with them over the years, but they always have the edge in regular season games. There is no reason why we can’t beat them though. We have a full strength squad and have added more height and weight to the centre so should be well positioned. Last week’s result was important and will have given the boys a real lift to start believing again. All we can ask is that if you have nothing to do this Saturday, come and support us down in Birmingham. I can guarantee you a good atmosphere and a great game.”
Tip off is at 4.00pm at Birmingham Metropolitan College, Sutton Coldfield Campus, 34 Lichfield Rd, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B74 2NW #believe