Fury ready to face stormy showdown with leaders

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Oaklands College Wolves 58 Lynn CWA Fury 75

CWA Fury kept the pressure on league leaders Barking and Dagenham Thunder with a comprehensive, yet ill-disciplined, away win on Saturday.

Three technical fouls were called against Fury for what basically amounted to back-chatting the referee.

Fury’s big man Daviedas Butkevitious getting expelled in the second quarter (basketball’s equivalent to a footballing red card) certainly didn’t help matters in a tight league.

Coach James Bamfield was brutal in his assessment: “Obviously I’m frustrated at what’s happened today.

“In the end we won comfortably and in the third quarter we played some great stuff but we need to be more professional and disciplined. I don’t like how we carry ourselves at times and we must remember our actions represent both the club and our great town.

“I’ll be reminding the players of this. We now turn our attention to Dagenham Thunder who boast several former Division One players.

“We’ll need to put in a good performance if we hope to win. That means sharing the ball, executing in the half court and being focused on the game plan at all times.”

Captain Richard Milbourne said: “It was a real test of character this weekend. We had to respond in a tough situation away from home. Our discipline needs to improve.

“That being said, the way we faced up to the challenge as a team was very pleasing.”

With Fury sitting in fourth with two games in hand over the leaders, all attention now turns tomorrow to Lynnsport.

Fury openly state their intention this year is to make the play-offs and with the league being re-structured next season, promotion is the only option to stay a National League team rather than being placed into regional leagues.

A large crowd is expected for the showdown against Thunder who are unbeaten in six straight games.

Club promoter Kevin Holland said: “We’re unbeaten in five league and cup games and know that Saturday will be a tough ask. We’ve lost once at home in two years and we don’t intend to give that up lightly. They may be called Thunder, but they’ll certainly feel the force of the Fury. It’s going to be immense.”

Doors: 5.15pm. Tips: 6pm.