Riders look to topple the Towers

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The Leicester City Riders coach, Bob Donewald, and his band of Americans have pumped life into the Granby Halls this season, but tonight they are on a hat-trick of home defeats against the Budweiser League champions, London Towers.

Riders' "in your face" style has reaped the worst foul count in the League, averaging 25 per game, and Donewald returns after serving a two-game ban for being ejected from the League Trophy defeat by Chester Jets. But the crowd at Granby have responded and the London coach, Kevin Cadle, is wary of the greeting awaiting his team: "Games at Leicester have always been tough, but now they're getting their fans back with that aggressive home court atmosphere."

Towers, toughened by a run that has taken them into the last 32 of the European Cup, should hardly be psyched out. The Leicester-born Karl Brown, who left London Leopards in the summer to join the Towers, said: "In the long run the European campaign will help. It's hard, but it brings the players' level up."