NORTH WALES CRUSADERS assistant coach Jonny Leather is expecting a tough test when the Wrexham-based side travel to take on Hunslet in the Betfred League One this weekend.
Following postponements to all League One games last weekend due to the adverse weather conditions, both sides will enter the game on the back of a week off.
However, Leather doesn’t believe that it will effect either sides preparations: “We’re obviously disappointed that last weekend’s game was called off, but we can’t help the weather and we can only work with the situations that we find ourselves in.
“It gives both sides some additional time to prepare for Sunday’s game, and both will be looking to channel their disappointment at not playing last weekend and focus it on this week.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s fixture, Leather said: “I think we’re in for a tough test against Hunslet.
“They’re a good side and will also be looking to finish in the top-half of the table come the end of the season.
“I think that they are in a similar position to us in the fact that both sides will feel that they underachieved last season and have a point to prove this year.
“For us, it’s a case of going out and performing at the level we did in the second-half against Keighley.
“We’ve shown what we can do in patches during our games this year, but the challenge now is to reach that level for the full 80 minutes.
“We’re still very early into what is a long season, but we want a strong start and Sunday’s game will be a chance for us to show what we are capable of.”
Having seen a pre-season trip to Rochdale also fall victim to the weather, Sunday’s game will be the Crusaders’ first away game of the year, something which Leather is looking forward to: “We’ve been unfortunate with the weather, but as I said before, we can’t do anything about that.
“It will be good to get our first away game of the year under our belts, and it’s always good to see – and hear – the supporters who travel in great numbers supporting the lads up and down the country.
“The South Leeds stadium is similar to the Queensway, and so we approach the game there in a similar way, Hunslet will want to start quickly and so we’ve got to be at the top of our game right from the hooter.”
Leather also provided an update on the squad ahead of Sunday’s trip to the South Leeds Stadium: “Unfortunately we’ll still be without Warren Thompson who is currently out with a long-term injury, but other than that we have a full squad to select from.”
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