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EXCLUSIVE: Netballer Serena Guthrie reflects on England's opener vs Jamaica

Published: 2 Dec 2016

England Roses were beaten 66-49 at the Copper Box on Tuesday 29th November in the first of their three-match Vitality Netball International Series against Jamaica.

Jersey-born Serena Guthrie spoke exclusively to Sports Gazette after the defeat and admitted it was a bitterly disappointing start.

She said: "It’s difficult to take. I think we probably gave them the game – that second quarter wasn’t good enough.

"We didn’t get enough ball down to Jo (Harten) and didn’t get enough scoring opportunities.

"We let them take the lead and, against a high percentage team like Jamaica, it’s always tough to come back.

"We have to go back to the drawing board and look at how we can be a bit more clinical throughout each quarter coming into Manchester."

Tracey Neville has had a couple of days to refocus and prepare her team to face the Sunshine Girls in Manchester on Friday 2nd December.

And she has made one change to the Roses squad with Chiara Semple potentially in line to make her debut after replacing Leah Kennedy in the 12.

There’s set to be another full house for the second match at Belle Vue and Guthrie acknowledged the importance of the crowd’s support, praising the fans at the opener in London.

She said: "The crowd in London is always wicked.

"It’s really nice personally as well to be back on home turf playing a test series – it’s been a while as I was last playing here in 2014.

"They didn’t stop cheering us on and backing us no matter what."

England Roses will certainly be hoping for more of the same from all the fans during the crucial second match with their Caribbean visitors with Kadeen Corbin also taking to Twitter to encourage supporters.

The match is available to watch on Sky Sports and @SportsGazette will also be reporting live from Belle Vue, Manchester.

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