Westminster Warriors will be looking to put more heartbreak behind them when they take on the Nottingham Hoods in the fifth round of the National Cup.

Warriors hosted unbeaten Worthing Thunder last weekend and came so close to handing them their first defeat, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

They could not find the game-tying basket right at the end and Worthing took a 88-84 win to leave Warriors with a 1-8 record.

Jon J Johnson led the Warriors in scoring with 24 points alongside 12 rebounds and four assists, but it wasn’t enough to drown out a combined 66 points from the five Thunder starters, who made some tough baskets towards the end of the game.

Warriors now look forward to Saturday where they travel to Nottingham looking for revenge after the Hoods beat them in the league only a few weeks ago.

Warriors blew out Division Two side Northamptonshire Titans 94-64 to get to this stage, while Nottingham went down to the wire against Division Three outfit CoLA, beating them by only six points.

Nottingham currently sit fifth in the National League with a 5-4 record and are led by the high scoring partnership of forward Joshua Guddemi, who averages 21.9 points per game, and guard Seth Hall, averaging 19.7 points per game through the first nine games of the season.

Warriors forward Justin Hitchman believes a win is ‘coming’ and there’s no better opportunity for the Warriors than to play without the pressure in the league cup.

Nottingham have an impressive support and Warriors will need to bring their A-game if they’re to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.