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PREVIEW: Mancunians RL v Leyland Warriors


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Mancunians RL come back from a three-week absence to face top of the table Leyland Warriors this Saturday 10 May.

Since losing to Rylands Sharks last months, Mancunians have gone through several major changes. The club moved to its new home the Hough End Centre in Chorlton and coach Mark Brennan had to leave the club for family reasons.

Emmerson Jackman and Paul Ashton join Mancunians with a long history in the upper-ranks of Oldham rugby league and have been putting the players through their paces with tough tackling and defence practice.

Mancunians fly-half Scott Fisher says the club has gone through a learning curve since the defeat in April.

Scott Fisher scores in the first competitive Manchester Rugby League derby in almost a century. Image: Alec Herron/Mancunians

Scott Fisher scores in the first competitive Manchester Rugby League derby in almost a century. Image: Alec Herron/Mancunians

“It’s been a while since our last game and certainly an eventful few weeks for the club, both on and off the field.

“Due to family commitments, Head Coach Mark Brennan stepped down after a year at the club. This was a big blow because not only was Mark a good coach, he really understood the ethos at the club and the vision of where we wanted to be.”

Fisher was full of praise for the the new coaching-duo of Jackman and Ashton and praised the hard-work of Chairman Stefan Hopewell.

“Following [Mark’s departure] Stef worked hard to bring in new coaches. Emerson Jackman and Paul Ashton have come in and have taken the last two sessions. Both are really experienced coaches in the amateur and semi-professional game and they have already stamped their mark on the early sessions”.

Following five years sharing a ground with rugby union side Broughton Park, Mancunians decided it was time to look for a concentrated home for all their activities. They found it just metres from their previous home at the Greater Manchester home for police sports, the Hough End Centre.

Saturday will be Mancunians’ first game at their new home and Fisher can’t wait to inaugurate the new turf with a win for the Manchester side.

“The move to the new home has been a big positive for the club and the facilities are excellent.

“There’s a really good gym, changing rooms and clubhouse – we have everything in place to succeed here and more importantly somewhere to call home. It was quite exciting to see the posts going up [on Wednesday] and im looking forward to the run out on it against Leyland on Saturday. Hopefully we can make it a bit of a fortress”

After large changes to their home and coaching staff, Mancunians can settle down and concentrate on the rest of the North West Mens Division 4 season, but they find formidable opponents in the league leaders on Saturday.

“I’m hoping for a few wins and the club building a real momentum in to summer.” Said Fisher looking ahead to the rest of the season.

“The coaches are confident on us having a real impact on this league and we just need to get the strong numbers at training so we can develop as much as possible. We have the infrastructure in place now we just need to step up to the challenge on the field.”

Mancunians RL v Leyland Warriors kicks off 1,30pm Saturday 10 May at the Hough End Centre, Chorlton M21 7SX. Come and support Rugby League in Manchester, bar available, free entry.



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