The Blues are back in action this weekend – one week after their last Super League fixture. York City Futsal are the opposition for Sergi Saldana’s side.
For Manchester it will be all about kicking on after their 7-6 victory over Loughborough last Sunday in what ended a run of five straight defeats and made up ground on the teams above them in the league table.
With Giles Collier’s red card at the University of Loughborough, it means that he will be unavailable for the long round trip to the University of York’s Sport Centre due to suspension.
Sergi Saldana will be unavailable to take charge of the side for tomorrow’s game. First Team Assistant Coach and Head Coach of the Development Team Russell Fryer will take charge for the first time as Manchester will be looking to replicate their hard-fought result from last Sunday.
Their opponents York City lie in 9th place in the Super League table with a game in hand to the Blues but will be looking to bounce back after their 3-0 defeat to Cambridge United last weekend and haven’t won since their 5-0 victory against Genesis Futsal Club back on the 12th November.
Former England captain Ben Mortlock made his return to full training for York City this week after a long injury lay off, but it will all depend on whether he makes the starting five for them tomorrow.
Russell Fryer will be looking to keep the momentum in their side’s favour as the Blues make the trip in Saldana’s absence as he spoke to ManchesterFutsal.com.
“Obviously it’s a big step and I’m not Sergi. The boys have gotten used to Sergi and his technical detail. I do not have the same level of Futsal experience or knowledge and there’s no point in pretending I have. The boys know me, and they know my background in football and Futsal and I know they will respond well. Sergi has instilled a lot of change this season, but the lads now know what is expected of them and I expect to build on the result from last week and kick on to a run that will see us end the season strong. The game this weekend is important as York are just below us, and like Loughborough, we know a win here can give us a bit of distance between the two clubs. I am confident and looking forward to the challenge against one of the league’s best coaches in Junior.”
The Blues will get their Super League tie against York underway at 4:15pm at the University of York’s Sports Centre, hoping that Fryer can do the business in Saldana’s absence.