The second match up of the season between the Riders and Eagles is here! The Riders travel north once again to play the Newcastle Eagles. With the last game coming down to the final shot, it shapes up to be a fascinating match available to watch LIVE on Unilad’s Facebook page.
The Riders come into this game on the back of a 12 game winning streak, after adding another win to that tally beating the Worcester Wolves last Saturday. However, players will know the mindset changes as you travel to Sports Central with such a positive history between the two teams.
Newcastle will be out to get revenge against the Riders and have been helped with a lighter schedule over the Christmas period, in which the team has only played two games. Whereas the Riders have had to deal with triple that, over a hectic busy schedule that hasn’t seemed to stop the team’s momentum.
Rider’s guard Eric Robertson had this to say on the hectic period for the team and the upcoming game against the Eagles: “We shown a lot a character over Christmas, we had a few injuries but we managed to keep the winning streak going.”
“It’s Newcastle and that means it’s a huge game no matter what time of year it is.”
“It will be a very good game and a competitive one that’s for sure and more than likely close again”
Both teams come into this game knowing that it could make all the difference, come the end of the year in terms of playoff standings.
Tyler Bernardini believes it’s the team spirit that has led to this impressive run and will be needed again this Friday: “The group really believes in one and other and we won a lot of tight games because of that, we really trust each other and we starting to believe we can win any game we play”.
“The game is like a boxing match, as the first time we played them it was round one. After that, you reflect and figure out how to get the better of each other once again, by making adjustments to come out in round two and have a good performance”.
The Riders are set to play the Bristol Flyers next, in a return home for team after the long travel up north on the 20th of January.