Thunder coach Smith focused on Westminster

Thunder coach Gary Smith
Thunder coach Gary Smith

WORTHING Thunder Basketball Club will look to put the Derby defeat behind them when they face struggling Westminster Warriors on Saturday (February 25) as part of a double-header at the Worthing Leisure Centre.

Despite winning their two encounters with Westminster earlier this season, Worthing have been pushed to the limit by the London-outfit and coach Gary Smith is aware of the threat the Warriors pose.

He said: “Westminster will be tough, they have a good group of players who know each other well, and know there roles on the court. We just have to be smart and play to our strengths on Saturday.

“We are still in a good spot, we are in a play-off place and we need to build momentum after last week’s loss.”

Thunder will be without Vinnie Darpino and James Brame for the game, as Darpino continues his pursuit to get match-fit, while Brame is carrying a knock, so the junior players might see good court time on Saturday night.

Before Thunder head into action against Westminster, the University of Chichester Thunder will be in action at 5pm as they face another struggling side in the shape of Southgate Academical Lions.

Club secretary Sid Fletcher is in good spirit for his team’s return to their second home: “It’s always good to be back at Worthing Leisure Centre where our players generally step up, perform and enjoy the occasion.

“One negative heading into the game is the loss of Adam Hield, who is out for the season with a clavical injury. This is however tempered by the return of a number of players who were missing through illness for the away win over London Feltham a fortnight ago.”

University of Chichester’s game tips-off at 5pm, with Worthing versus Westminster tipping at the usual time of 7.30pm

Entry for the University of Chichester Thunder fixture is free, while the Worthing Thunder match for students and staff with valid NUS/Staff ID card is £4, with children £2.