READING Rockets (0-1) will be looking to make amends for their narrow defeat on the first day of the regular NBL Division One season when they make the short journey to Uxbridge on Saturday to take on Thames Valley Cavaliers (1-0).

Rockets lost 87-84 to Westminster Warriors in a close, hard-fought battle last weekend, while this weekend’s opponents secured an 82-78 victory over Bradford Dragons.

Reading head coach Alan Keane was disappointed to see his team beaten, but feels a lot will be learnt by his young squad ahead of this weekend’s game.

The Irishman said: "Last weekend’s performance was not the way we wanted to start the season, but it has given us a great amount of learning.

"Westminster showed their experience and competitiveness and with our behaviours not aligned with where we wanted them to be, we unfortunately suffered what some might say as an unexpected defeat.

“We will learn and move on from this and with having a young, enthusiastic group it will be relatively straightforward for us to re-align, but we must make sure we do this with energy and discipline to give a true reflection of ourselves.”

“We are looking forward to this Saturday’s game against one of the leading teams in the division and it will be a really good test for us after last weekend’s disappointment."

Rockets go in to Saturday’s match-up with no injury concerns, but should have David Chive and Sam Grant back in action after both missed out on last weekend’s loss.

New signing AJ Carr is due to meet up with with his teammates this week and should be available after receiving his visa over the weekend.