Manly ready to turn it around against Sydney United
By Chris Curulli
Scott Balderson believes that Manly United are a touch of fortune away from securing their first result of the season as they prepare to take on Sydney United 58 at Cromer Park on Saturday night.
Paul Dee’s side have suffered back to back defeats so far in 2020, emerging empty handed from a couple of tight contests that on another day could have provided positive outcomes.
With the side yet to score from open play, winger Scott Balderson admits that Manly need to recapture their goalscoring touch in order to belatedly kick off their season with a win.
“I just think we need to have that little bit of composure and making those right decisions in shooting or passing scenarios,” he reflected.
“We’ve been working on it and it has definitely felt a bit unusual because we did get on the scoresheet a lot in preseason.
“I’m sure once we get one or two the confidence will build and we’ll go from there.”
Sydney United have had no such worries in the final third as they head into Saturday’s clash off the back of a 5-0 thumping of Mount Druitt Town Rangers last weekend.
Last year’s grand finalists are eyeing off for another successful season with a couple of promising signings and the introduction of former Socceroos goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac as head coach.
After his countless contests with them over the years, Balderson is extremely familiar with the competitiveness United 58 foster as a club.
“You always know what you are going to get from Sydney United: they have good quality players, good depth in the side and are always pushing for the top three,” he said.
“As such a big club their goals would be set extremely high.
“They are going to bring plenty of attacking minded football, so we’ll have to be sharp defensively across the whole pitch.
“We have been working on defending from the front and as a unit, which I’m sure will be important on Saturday.”
Balderson is confident that Manly are capable of secure an upset victory on Saturday night.
“There’s a real feel that we need three points after a frustrating start to the season,” he said.
“We do feel that we have been quite unfortunate in both losses as we have done a lot of things right in relation to what we have been working on in preseason.
“If everything comes together I’m sure we can get a result this week – being at home will help too.
“The last few weeks have been very frustrating, but that’s football and we just have to go out there this week and try our hardest to come away with the result.”
Saturday’s first grade match kicks off on Cromer Park at 7pm.