Burt expecting Pilgrims to climb up table after tricky start
PLYMOUTH Pilgrims coach Sadie Burt insists the city's top netball team are confident in themselves despite a shaky start to the season.
Pilgrims take on mid-table Galmington tomorrow on the back of a string of encouraging results which has seen them rise from the bottom of the Regional One table to fourth place.
The city side, who have been forced to cope with the loss of experienced players before the season started, were beaten heavily in their first game of the season by Saints Cornwall.
Since then, Pilgrims have either won or drawn their games, including a creditable 35-35 result against leaders Team Jets.
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Burt sees tomorrow's game at Galmington as an important one, as Pilgrims are targeting teams around them in the table to ensure they maintain a comfortable Regional One position while their squad is being rebuilt.
Pilgrims are without centre-court engine room Becky Lawrence, who is unavailable tomorrow.
Burt said: "It will be a tough game without Becky, but her not being there gives other players the chance of more court time.
"We don't worry about being at the bottom of the table, because we've got confidence in ourselves."
Plymouth Marjon, meanwhile, can put more distance between themselves and the bottom two at Team Bath B today.
Marjon are eight points clear of third-bottom Bath and hope to travel with more than the minimum seven players they have been restricted to through injury problems this season.
Team manager Donna Bristow said: "You can't fault the girls for the effort they have put in, but you do need more than just the starting players so you can change things around during a game.
"Hopefully, we will be getting people back from injury."
Bristow was upbeat about the team's performance this season. Marjon have won two, drawn two and lost two.
Bristow said: "There's games to be won for us and the encouraging thing is that we're not getting big losses."