THU 6TH April 2017 – HERTS PREMIER LEAGUE DIVISION 1
LT United 59 VS 57 BEDFORD THUNDER
BY SIMON STANLEY
Bedford Thunder’s chances of remaining in the top division next year were dealt a huge blow last night after they failed to see out a physical contest with LT United.
Despite racing out to an 8-0 lead and being in front for most of the game, a lack of discipline at both ends allowed LT to claw their way back when it mattered most and see out the game with clutch scoring both from the field and the line.
Thunder’s smothering play at the defensive end, led by a typically energetic display from Mykel Moodie, paved the way for a solid first three quarters, complimented by a much-improved and consistent offensive display. The visiting team twice led by nine, and despite an indifferent start to the second half, finshed strong in the 3rd quarter and looked to be in a solid position to see out the match and secure their place at the top table for next season.
LT weren’t ready to lay down, however, and a dominant performance inside from Ged Mikstas saw LT inch their way back into the lead and did enough to kill off Thunder’s hopes of a late surge.
Talisman Carlos Delgado did his bit to keep Thunder in the contest with another top score, replacement forward Asa Sparkes provided much needed energy and Tamás Bátor knocked down some key 3s after the starters failed to spark the same type of performance that saw the Thunder pull off a key win last week at Harlow.
Thunder will now regroup for their final game of the year against league leaders North Herts Knights on Sunday. Whilst hope of remaining in the top division aren’t completely lost, they face a mountain to climb as they attempt to stave off demotion against the undefeated Knights. Tip off is Sunday 09/04/17 1:45pm at the Bunyan Centre.
Delgado, C. – 18
Bátor, T. – 10
Craddock, M./Makore, A. – 7