Leighton Steam can finally be called the home team

Leighton Steam
Leighton Steam

It has been a rapid rise to prominence for Leighton Steam, but they are finally ready to play their first game as the home team.

From a group of friends playing a few games at the refurbished courts at Pages Park nine months ago, numbers grew ever more until there were enough to warrant starting a full team.

“It grew and we invited more people who were also drawn up to the courts last summer,” said vice-chairman Tom Childs.

“We decided that one of the things Leighton Buzzard was best known for was the little railway.

“Sometimes when we would practice, the steam would come across the courts and so we adopted the name.

“This is where we took our name from, Steam.”

Soon enough, they began taking on established teams, like MK Knights and Bedford Thunder, making a name for themselves out on the court.

Their first win came in just their third outing as a unit as they beat Thunder by 50-35.

Subsequent victories have come against Shenley Scorpions, being the team from Milton Keynes 57-50, and most recently against Thunder again with a buzzer beater to win 67-66.

But having played seven games on opposition courts, now it the time for Steam to play in their own back yard, and have the support of the home crowd behind them.

Scorpions are once again the opposition for Steam, and the pair will go head to head on Tuesday April 14 at Cottesloe School.

Tom said: “Now we have our first home game, the team have moved out to Cottesloe School in Wing as it houses the best basketball facilities in the area.”

“We have just appointed a new head coach, Martin Scott, who comes to us after coaching at universities and in the army.

“Martin will take us on to next level and we look to build the club towards league entry.”

For more info, visit leightonsteam.wix.com/steam