READING Rockets (8-4) will look to continue their unbeaten start to 2019 when they travel to the East Midlands on Saturday evening to take on the Derby Trailblazers (7-6) (7.15pm) before entertaining second-placed Worthing Thunder (10-3) on Sunday afternoon at Rivermead Leisure Complex (5pm).

Rockets were victorious in their first outing of the New Year as they recorded a hard-fought 98-87 win at basement team Manchester Magic 98-87.

The Rivermead outfit will play both opponents of this weekend's opponents for the second time this season as they aim to gain revenge for a 94-84 defeat to Trailblazers and an 86-79 loss to Thunder.

Head coach Alan Keane was pleased to get back to winning ways at Manchester, but knows how important it is to keep focus.

He said: “Travelling to Derby is always tough.

"They are a very talented team with a lot of scoring power especially inside from Malcolm Smith.

"Double-header weekends have been difficult for us as we are a very young team with many junior players, however, we are growing week to week.

"Therefore this double-header weekend will be another great opportunity to continue the growing process.

"Worthing come to us Sunday in flying form and with a lot of veteran players, with any one of them capable to score 30 points. We look forward to the challenge that lies ahead.”

Rockets have been boosted by the fact they have qualified for the semi-finals of the National Trophy thanks to Hemel Storm overcoming Essex Leopards last Sunday.

Captain Danny Carter remains the only injury concern for the Reading team with his on-going back issues.