NBL Division one preview - Week 5 (26/27 October 2019)

As the fifth week of the fixtures approach, Solent Kestrels remain the only unbeaten team in the competition and take the lead at the top of the standings, whilst Essex & Herts Leopards and Nottingham McDonald’s Hoods search for their opening win of the season.

Game of the Week

Solent Kestrels (4-0) v Westminster Warriors (2-2)

Table toppers Solent Kestrels take their unbeaten run to Morberley Sports Centre to take on 8th-placed Westminster Warriors, who have claimed two wins of their own in the opening four fixtures of the season so far.

Matt Guymon’s side are two points clear at the top of the table and will look to continue their 100% record this Saturday, already defeating the likes of Worthing Thunder and Barking Abbey.

Their fine form continued last weekend when they displayed a dominant performance to claim a 112-56 victory over Leicester Warriors. Ian Smith took the limelight with 11 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, while Travis Charlies had 22 points and Elliot Sentance added 21 of his own.

Westminster Warriors, who claimed their second successive Patrons Cup title earlier in February, head into the fixture following a 92-84 victory over Essex and Herts Leopards.


Elsewhere in D1M

Next best behind Solent Kestrels, Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-1) host Leicester Warriors (2-2) at Uxbridge College as both sides hope to tighten the gap between them and the top of the table.

Last week’s DM1 Player of the Week Rasheed Worrell will be hoping he can lead his Loughborough Riders (3-1) to victory again over 7th-placed Worthing Thunder (2-2). Worrell claimed the title after guiding his side to a narrow 82-77 victory over Bradford Dragons, with 34 efficiency rating thanks to 23 points.

At the bottom end of the table, both Essex & Herts Leopards (0-4) and Nottingham McDonald’s Hoods (0-4) are in search for their first win of the season, and face Hemel Storm (3-1) and Derby Trailblazers (3-1) respectively. Both Hemel and Derby are just one win behind Solent at the top of the standings.

Third-placed Reading Rockets (3-1) head into their fixture with Barking Abbey following a close battle with Nottingham, with Alan Keane’s side on the right side of a 98-85 scoreline and their only loss coming against Westminster Warriors in the opening fixture of the season.

Finally, Bradford Dragons (1-3) go head-to-head with Liverpool (1-3)


Full fixtures and stats

Saturday 26 October 2019

2:00pm - Loughborough Riders v Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS

5:30pm - Westminster Warriors v Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS

6:00pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Leicester Warriors - LIVE STATS

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons v Liverpool - LIVE STATS

7:00pm - Nottingham McDonald’s Hoods v Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS


Sunday 27 October 2019

4:00pm - Essex & Herts Leopards v Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS

5:00pm - Reading Rockets v Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS


*Main image credit - Graham Hodges