Team Northumbria travel to Scotland this weekend fourth in the table, level on points with third place Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
Having enjoyed back-to-back victories over local rivals Durham Palatinates the side from the North East have plenty of momentum heading into Saturday’s clash with Caledonia Pride.
“It should be a great match-up,” enthused Great Britain international Hannah Shaw.
“We’re coming off two solid wins against Durham, not the prettiest games but they were gritty.
“Ali [Gorrell] has been outstanding for us recently and Caledonia will have a tough job to try and lock her down.
“We know Trisha Oakes provides some serious size for Pride but I’m certain our inside presence will be felt.”
The visitors will take to the court in front of a full house at Oriam Scotland, knowing the atmosphere will likely be raucous.
“It’s always a great feeling playing in front of a large crowd and to be honest I love playing away from home when the crowd are loud… it makes winning even sweeter,” joked Shaw.
“Pride has done such a great job building up a fan base and they sure make themselves heard.
“I’ve got no doubt this will be an exciting game for the fans to come and watch.
“The league is incredibly competitive this year, so many of the games are too close to call.
“It’s making the battle for playoff positions so much more exciting. There’s going to be plenty of incredibly tense match-ups coming up.
“Playing for that all important home advantage is crucial. I think I took travel for granted playing in the Midlands. Getting a home draw now I’m in the North East is a must.”
Image: C.Cox (Shaw facing Caledonia Pride for Nottingham Wildcats earlier in the season, before making the switch to Team Northumbria)