Leopards look for home comforts

Levett Essex Leopards will be hoping for home comforts when they host Ipswich at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday, tip-off 7pm.
The Big Cats have lost all three games since they last played on their main court – including a 93-79 defeat at Thames Valley Cavaliers on Saturday – and they badly need to return to winning ways if they are to mount a successful promotion challenge.
Thomas Baker’s team have already travelled to Suffolk to face Ipswich this season, cruising to an 87-58 win in the Patrons Cup.
That loss effectively eliminated Ipswich from the competition, and they went out of the National Cup at the third round stage with a loss at Division One side Hemel Storm.
Their start to the league campaign has been more successful with four wins from their opening six games, making them one of four sides tied in second spot. Leopards are sixth, with two games in hand over the bunch immediately above them.
Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker knows what his team needs to do to snap that three-game losing streak: “Having played Ipswich at the start of the season we know a little bit about them already. Both teams have brought in new players and have moved on from then so we will need to make sure we are locked in right from the start.
“We are looking to get back to winning ways and I feel this game at the weekend can help us do just that.”
There is the normal pre-game coaching session at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday with youngsters having the chance to be taught the game by Leopards’ players. Call 07828 4670015 for more details or book through this website.