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The weekend preview

Life doesn't get any easier for Wolves' WBBL team as they travel to Leicester Riders on Saturday evening.

Lee Ryan's team have faced top five opposition in their last two games, and this week sees them continue that trend with a visit to the sides currently occupying second spot in the table. Wolves are joint seventh in the table, tied with Durham on 3-8, as they continue the hunt for a play-off spot.

Riders - who are led by Taylor O'Brien's 17.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists - have won 11 of their 13 league games this season including a 92-78 victory at Oaklands in late October.

Ryan will be hoping the centre Amy West is back in action for his team and missing last week's home loss against Caledonia, as his side will look to keep Rayven Peeples off the boards as she averages a league-high 5.7 offensive rebounds per game and is second in the stats charts with a total of 11.5 boards per game.

Wolves men are also on the road as they look to repeat their 89-83 victory against Cobham Scorchers when they travel to the Surrey-based team on Sunday afternoon. La'Quarne Sayles (26 - pictured), Spencer Mathews (18) and Bill Irvine (15) combined for 59 points that day, and they'll to at least repeat that kind of form if they're to repeat that victory against a Scorchers side what are fifth in the table with 10 wins from 19 games. 

Wolves Women's NBL Division Two South also face a team from Cobham as league leaders Cobras visit on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm). Claire Abbott's young Wolves side head into the game needing a victory to maintain their play-off spot having slipped to fifth with a 10-8 record. Meanwhile Cobras have lost just once in 16 games but they were made to fight all the way by Wolves when they met in Surrey in November before running out 53-45 winners.

The men's second team are also in home action on Sunday as they host Cambridge Cats at 5pm. The Wolves will be aiming for revenge having lost 104-69 earlier in the campaign as they face a team sitting fourth in the table with an 8-7 record.


There's also four junior games at Oaklands over the weekend with the headline game seeing a U-16 boys premier clash between Wolves and county rivals West Herts Warriors at 3.15pm on Saturday.

George Walker's team badly need a victory as they look to move away from the relegation zone but they will face a tough test against a Warriors side who are sixth in the table with a 10-6 record and are looking for a play-off spot. Warriors won 98-45 when the teams met earlier in the campaign and are celebrating an England call-up for Adrian Mordi.

Before that, at 1pm, the U-14 boys will look to improve their play-off seeding when they host London Stars II.

Ibrahim Gariba's side sealed a place in the play-offs last weekend, but a complicated play-off seeding method means the more wins they gain the better chance they have of avoiding one of the top teams early in the post-season.

While Wolves are sitting fourth in Premier East, Stars are ninth with five wins from 17 games and could still drop into the bottom two where they would face a play-off to avoid relegation. Wolves were narrow 87-83 when they travelled to Goresbrook earlier in the season.

Saturday's action at Oaklands starts at 11am as Wolves U-16 girls face CoLA Southwark Pride where they will be looking to improve on a 98-37 loss when they travelled to the capital earlier in the season. Pride can still finish as league runners-up, and go into the game with a 13-3 record.

Sunday's action at Oaklands starts at midday as Wolves U-14s host Braintree Blue Devils U-14s. George Walker's team won 104-19 when the sides met in Essex earlier in the season, and such results haven't been uncommon for the Blue Devils who have just one win in 17 games. Wolves go into the game looking for their seventh win of the campaign having played 16 games, mainly against older opposition.  


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