Leaders test facing Hatters

The pressure’s back on for Health 365 Hatters as they bid to keep their titles hopes alive.

They travel to Wales tomorrow to face unbeaten National Division One leaders, UWIC Archers, having already suffered a shock defeat at Sevenoaks Suns.

Hatters know that the wrong result against Archers could prove highly significant although they do, of course, still have to host both their main title rivals.

One thing’s for certain, it will be a lot tougher for them on Saturday than it was in their latest home clash against Durham Wildcats which resulted in a comprehensive 107-45 success.

Strong finishing from Sarah Naylor enabled them to open up a 14 point gap at the end of the first quarter which they extended to 46-22 by half time.

After the break Stephanie Gandy and Helen Naylor picked up numerous steals while Lauren Thomas-Johnson netted some deep 3s and Sarah Naylor continued to boss the basket.

Top scorers: Gandy 26, S Naylor 22, Thomas-Johnson 18.

The second team emulated the Firsts with their own ‘ton-up’ victory, a crushing 105-40 triumph over National Division Two North rivals Ilkeston Outlaws.

Top Scorers: Mercer 19, Muszak 18, Zakalskiene 17

Hatters Under-16s took the bragging rights in their South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Panthers. They led by just five points at the half way stage (30-25) but doubled that lead at the end of the third and closed the game out for a 65-41 win.

Team and scorers: Jess Dooley 17, Sirena Sampson 16, Mairead Faulkner 8, Abbie Simpson 7, Eleanor Goodwin 6, Courtney Shaw 4, Jo Lowry 3, Isabel Hannity 3, Elaine Anderson 1, Zuiko Kfamba 1 and Grace Twomey.

They travel to play Barrow on Sunday.