Match Preview: Manchester Thunder host Loughborough Lightning

Manchester Thunder will be hoping to fly out of the blocks on Saturday as they entertain Loughborough Lightning at Belle Vue.

Thunder have been able to maintain their 100% record so far this season, after a tricky away trip last weekend.  They will undoubtedly be hoping to build on a slow burner of a performance against Severn Stars, who were also defeated by Lightning in Round 2 of the Superleague season.

Lightning have been unable to find their feet so far this season, despite being the 2018 runners up it has been an inconsistent start to their campaign.  They have lost three out of five matches and have so far been unsuccessful on the road.

Lightning lost a handful of key players during pre-season, most notably, England Roses star Beth Cobden and Ugandan international shooter Peace Proscovia.  They have since faced difficulties in trying to assert themselves as title contenders.

Rebekah Airey will face her former team for the first time this season on Saturday, after showing her versatility across court last week in both the GK and GD slot.  She has also featured at WD under Head Coach Karen Greig providing another option for all three positions.

A stand out performance last weekend from Amy Carter will perhaps cause Greig a selection headache when it comes to the starting 7.  Thunder’s strength in depth is now evident in all areas of the court.

The game against Lightning is not expected to be an easy one but Thunder come into the match with an unbeaten record that cannot be argued with.

Greig was pleased with the performance given in the third quarter last week, their so-called “bogey quarter” prior to that, but will be hoping the Black and Yellows can make an impression from the first whistle and maintain it until the last.

First centre pass is at 5pm on Saturday at Belle Vue and tickets are available online until 2pm Friday at bit.ly/thuvlightning