MK hope to tame Lions and stay in the play-offs

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Nearly three months after their brilliant win over University of Nottingham, MK Badminton will look to consolidate their spot in the NBL play-offs on Monday.

MK will host their second home game of the season when they take on Birmingham Lions at Stantonbury Campus on Monday night, currently sitting pretty in fourth spot.

With home court advantage in their favour, coahc Jurgen van Leeuwen hopes his side will be able to pull off more magic.

“Our aims are the same,” he said. “We want to keep springing surprises.

“But being fourth in the league, people are eventually going to take us seriously, and pay us more attention.

“We’re hoping for some good wins on the night. We’re keeping our mixed doubles together - so Toby Penty and Jess Pugh will be hoping to recreate some of the magic from Nottingham.”

With many of his players in action all over the world in the last few months, van Leeuwen admits it has been hard to get everyone together in one place to bond.

He said: “A lot of our communication is done through email and on the phone. But everyone’s excited about what we’re doing.”

So much so that captain Peter Mills is flying back from Asia two days earlier than planned to be in top shape for Monday night’s game.

“I think every game in the league so far has ended 3-2 - apart from our 4-1 defeat on the opening day,” added van Leeuwen. “There are so many critical points being played in quick succession, and it’s a thrilling format.

“We’re hoping to cause another upset.”

For tickets, to Monday’s match visit http://tickets.sky.com/seats/Milton-Keynes-Badminton-vs-Birmingham-Lions