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Worcester Wolves

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2014 08:09pm
St. Clement, Worcester
By Colin Taylor
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Saturday 08 February 2014 – Plymouth University Raiders vs Worcester Wolves

Worcester Wolves will face the challenge of two tough road trips on consecutive nights this weekend. First up will be a journey down to Devon to face the Plymouth University Raiders on Saturday (tip off 7.30pm).

One of the few times the Wolves have slipped up this season came at the hands of the  Raiders who inflicted the Wolves' only home defeat to date with a 74-71 victory at the University of Worcester Arena, thanks to some deadly long-range shooting at the end of the game.

Raiders' head coach Jay Marriott thinks the Wolves will be out for a little revenge when they visit Plymouth Pavilions on Saturday.

"There is no doubt they will be looking to put right the previous result with us, it will be a motivating factor for them," said Marriott.

"Worcester at this current time will be a very formidable test and there is no doubt we will have to be at our best to compete. Everything is clicking for them so I'm sure they will be very confident."

Wolves' head coach Paul James says he's not out for revenge, he believes the Wolves only had themselves to blame for the defeat against Plymouth. 

"I don't think it’s revenge, that's not my style," he said.

"The game we lost against them at our place, we had a chance to put them away and we failed to do that. They made some shots down the stretch, some really big shots and we couldn't come back from that, so to me it was all our own doing."

James added, "Since then we've kind of bounced back and playing really well, and we'll do our homework on them. It's always tough playing away no matter where you go, especially in Plymouth with a big crowd behind them. We'll look to play our defence and move the ball like we have been doing all season and hopefully that'll be good enough." 

Sunday 09 February 2014 – Cheshire Phoenix vs Worcester Wolves

Worcester Wolves will play the second of games on consecutive nights this Sunday when they travel up to Chester’s Northgate Arena to take on Cheshire Phoenix (tip off 5.30pm).

Phoenix won't be hoping for a repeat of previous games when they face Wolves in the third and final meeting of the regular season.

Twice John Lavery has seen his side just seconds away from a victory, only for the Wolves to force overtime, and eventually get the win.

"They've got out of jail twice," lamented the Phoenix play-caller.

"The first time, earlier in the year, we should have taken that. We were up, the ball's turned over, they score and the game goes into overtime. Last time we played them, Reggie Middleton's got two shots from the line when we were up by one. If he made both of them then in my eyes it was all over, as long as we took care of the ball."

Middleton missed one, Wolves' Zaire Taylor forced overtime and the rest is history.

Lavery's opposite number, Paul James, is expecting another hard-fought game.

"I don't know what it is but we haven't played our best against Cheshire this year," said the Wolves' head coach. "Credit to Cheshire really for taking us out of our offensive sync, as I don't think we've played our best against them but have still found ways to win. The beauty of this team is that when we haven't played at our best, we've found ways to win."

He added, "It'll be tough on their floor, they've played really well there and playing them after Plymouth is a really tough ask. This year we've been very tough mentally and physically and we've manage to find ways to win, and certainly we need some points out of the weekend."

Having twice been denied the win, Lavery is delighted that this time it's on their own floor, in front of what's expected to be another capacity crowd.

"No-one likes coming to the Northgate, so it's going to be interesting," said Lavery.

"Manchester was sold out and if the predictions are right for Sunday, it's going to be another lockout."

 

 

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