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Helvecia v Manchester: Match preview

by Michael Henson

Manchester make the trip to London today for the return leg against Helvecia as they look to turn around the 8-3 defeat suffered last weekend.

The South Division side head into the game with a five-goal advantage after their first leg win at the National Cycling Centre last Sunday and Chris Vernon’s side know they’ll have to be at their best to get the result they want.

Speaking to ahead of the clash, Vernon said: “We need to head to Helvecia with the aim of winning the first half and then assess the situation.

“If we win the first half, who knows what can happen in the second half.

“We’re going to have to think long and hard on how to get these goals back. We’ve got goalscorers and hopefully they’ll be on target in London.”

Commenting on the first leg loss, he commented: “It was a game of two halves. I thought we gave them a good game in the first half but in the second half it didn’t go for us.

“I saw a lot of lessons that they can learn from and hopefully they’ll put them right in the return leg.”

Pivot Richard Ward agreed with Vernon’s comments, stating that the three goals in a minute in the second half killed the game off.

“On the whole, everyone is disappointed with the result. It’s not the result we were looking for and, after the first half, we expected a lot better of ourselves.

“I think we started well in the second half but once they scored their third, we didn’t manage the game like we should have done.”

Looking ahead to today’s return leg, the 24-year old believes that Manchester have the quality to qualify after a good week in training.

“We’ve got it in us to turn this around. If we take that mad minute away, it’s a completely different game.

“We’ve worked on what we needed to do in training and now it’s about taking that into the game on Sunday.”


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