Thunder ready for trip to the north-east Worthing Thunder make their longest road trip of the season as they prepare to face Team Newcastle University on Saturday and reigning NBL Division 1 champions Team Northumbria on Sunday. Thunder have recorded wins against both sides this season. An 84-77 win over Team Newcastle University and an 85-76 win against Northumbria, both in November. Coach D mentioned back in November that Team Newcastle would improve as the season progresses and that the 1-5 record they owned at the time was not a fair reflection on them. And he was right, as since then they have moved up the table and are sitting in ninth place with a 6-11 record and in contention for a place in the post-season. Team Northumbria are not fairing as well as they did last season, where they won the NBL Division 1 title with a 23-3 mark, but they are still a dangerous side on their home court, with Coach D aware of the fact that both teams play an up-tempo offensive-style game on their own patch so defence has been the key in this week’s training sessions. “We've been real focused on the defensive side of the ball this week,” Coach D said. “That's what's going to keep us in a lot of games where we aren't hitting like we usually are. We know it's getting closer to playoffs so we've got to start tightening up our play.” Ahead of the 700-mile trip this weekend, Thunder looked to be sweating on forward Josh Goddard, who broke his finger while playing for Chichester University in midweek. But the youngster has said that he will travel with the team and do what he can to play. “Josh is coming on the road with us, we've spoken he seems to be in good spirits so we'll see how he plays with that finger,” Coach D said. Both games this weekend will be played at Sport Central on the Northumbria University campus. Thunder’s game with Team Newcastle tips off at 6 pm, Saturday with Team Northumbria, tipping at 5 pm on Sunday.