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Jets look to unseat Riders

THERE is only one contender for the British League's match of the day tomorrow ­ Leicester Riders v Chester Jets.

THERE is only one contender for the British League's match of the day tomorrow ­ Leicester Riders v Chester Jets.

Riders are the only team to have beaten Jets this season and while Chester were in BBL Trophy action last weekend Leicester replaced them at the top of the Northern Conference.

But although Jets' head coach Robbie Peers isn't worried about the two clubs swapping places at the top of the league ­ Jets have five matches in hand ­- he still has a point to prove at Loughborough University.

'We are on a mission,' he said. 'They are on top because they have more points than us and that's fair enough. It is up to us to dislodge them and if we can win this one we will be back on top.

'Everyone is fit and we are raring to go. We have our goals well within our sights.'

Since that defeat by Leicester the Jets have won 10 matches in a row, got to the final of the National Cup against Birmingham Bullets on January 13 at Sheffield and have progressed to the quarter-finals of the BBL Trophy without losing any of their pool matches.

Peers won't claim he has the best team in the country, but he added: 'We beat the leaders of the Southern Conference by more than 20 points last weekend, so people can read into that what they like.'

Chester are in the unusual position of having only one match this weekend and then they meet Sheffield Sharks at the Northgate Arena next Friday (8pm) before taking a Christmas break which has been increased with the demise of Manchester Giants who should have opposed them on December 22.

Americans John McCord and John Thomas are taking advantage of the extra holiday by returning to New York for six days over Christmas and Calvin Davis is going home to Texas.

'The opportunity to spend Christmas with their families will do them good. They will come back refreshed and ready to carry on the fight,' said Peers who has been voted coach of the month for November by fans voting on-line, taking a staggering 70% of the vote ahead of Sheffield's Chris Finch and Milton Keynes coach Nigel Lloyd.

This is the first time he has won the award this season, but he was honoured twice last season and also won the coach of the year award.

Calvin Davis was a close second to Brighton's Sterling Davis for the player of the month award.


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