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Manchester Women: "There are no easy games in the National League" - Skarratt

by Riegan Thompson

After almost one month without a fixture, Manchester Women returned to the court on  Tuesday (20th February) in emphatic style with an 6-3 win over Altrincham Futsal.


Goals from D’Azevedo, Skarratt, Turner, Tattersall, Hartshorne and Shepherd secured the win at Trafford Soccerdome.


The win puts them three points behind Morecambe Ladies and Tranmere Rovers Ladies.


Manchester Women travel to bottom of the table Liverpool Futsal Ladies this Saturday (24th February).


Captain Leanne Skarratt spoke to us, reflecting on the win and looking ahead to this weekend’s fixture.


Speaking on Tuesdays win, Leanne said, “I think winning our last two league games since our defeat against Tranmere has helped us get back in our stride. I feel a large element of winning is getting into positive habits, which comes when confidence is high. So Tuesday’s victory over our local rivals will add to that, hopefully.”


Leanne went on to explain how the team, along with Sergi Saldana’s assistants, have been able to use their time wisely. “It’s always difficult to motivate players when a game is so far over the horizon. Frustration does set in. However, there have been specific things that Sergi has been working on with us, which gives meaning to our training, even when we don’t have a game at the weekend.”



Manchester Women came out 18-2 winners over Liverpool in the return fixture, but Leanne is keen to ensure the players don’t suffer from over confidence. “As I keep reminding the players, there are no easy games in the National League. Teams are always going to learn and improve.”


Leanne added, “We must show them maximum respect and play at our highest tempo in order to get the result we want.”


Leanne confirmed that Becky Wilkins will require surgery on her arm after suffering a break during training on Monday. Everyone at Manchester Futsal wishes her a speedy recovery.

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