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TADEA Middlesbrough Lions face the tough task of challenging the high flying Burnley Blaze at Burnley College this Saturday. The team though will take forward momentum from the previous victory over Newcastle and have the knowledge of a great performance the last time the two sides met.
When Burnley came to Eston before Christmas Lions were in splendid form, leading the game by a comfortable cushion of 10-15pts for the majority of the game. Lions were cruising and looking a safe bet until the mid point of the final quarter when a memorable come back from the visitors snatched a 9pt victory from the Lions claws.
Last time around the Middlesbrough side managed to contain the threat of Andre Taylor although the talented guard has hit 68pts in his last two games, so the Lions will have to neutralise this danger as well as containing the rest of Coach Malcolm Leak's well drilled team.
Lions have no new injury concerns other than Rob Parsons will miss the weekend due to a back injury. The other walking wounded in Wells, Thomson, Robinson and Ford will all play a part. Ford, who played a limited role last week against Newcastle will be hoping for a bigger part against the Blaze and if the key quartet of Robinson, Wells, Ford and Wright can all produce the goods there is every chance the Lions can pull off a great win.
Another player Coach Thomson has reserved praise for has been guard; Ben Thompson who has cemented his place in the team in recent weeks. "Ben has been a consistent and injury free member over the last few months so he has been a crucial piece. He has performed well, controlled the game, delivered good passing and hustled hard on defence and I am very pleased with his progression within the team. I would like to see him shoot a little more as he has a very good shot and I will be encouraging this at the weekend."