Parsons eyes Malawi after conquering Scotland

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Yasmin Parsons has Malawi in her sights after starring in England A’s demolition of Scotland.

The Fareham 21-year-old impressed as the hosts put their old rivals to the sword in a 58-17 success at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Sunday.

Now the former Crofton School student is targeting victory over the African tourists in her next outing for the national team at Worcester on Friday.

The match will serve as a warm-up for the second clash in England’s Test series with Malawi, which takes place at the same venue on Saturday.

Parsons revealed confidence is high in the England A camp following the triumph over Scotland.

She explained a different approach had been taken to the fixture, which paid off as the coaches left Liverpool delighted.

‘It was a really good score,’ said the wing-attack, who plays her club netball for Superleague giants Team Bath and Premier League division one outfit Hucclecote.

‘Much of the preparation for the weekend was match play.

‘We didn’t do any (technical) training sessions.

‘The coaches wanted to see how we would adapt on court. They were looking to see how we, as players, adapted to certain situations in the game.

‘That was quite good actually. It was a different focus.

‘We only know each other through Superleague and playing at under-21s and under-17s, so it was nice to play cohesively and do really well.

‘We adapted to any errors we made and, at half-time and full-time, we all got together to make sure we knew exactly what we were doing.

‘We did some video analysis of Scotland beforehand.

‘We looked at what their strategy and game play was like. And we applied that really well.

‘Those little things we picked up definitely showed against Scotland.

‘Overall the weekend was really good and effective and the coaches were really happy.’

After opening up a 12-5 lead in the first quarter, England A pressed home their advantage to lead 30-7 at the half-time interval.

Scores of 16-6 and 12-4 in the third and fourth periods ensured there was no miraculous fightback by the Scots.

Parsons, meanwhile, was delighted with her own contribution.

She was tasked with focusing on key areas of her game, including movement and supply to the shooters.

‘I had my own targets and I managed to achieve those,’ said Parsons.

‘I was really happy. The coaches wanted me to see my step change and getting free from my defender.

‘I’m known for that – it is one of my strengths.

‘They also wanted me to work on my confidence and decisions on feeds into the circle for the shooters.’

Now after a short break, it is on to Worcester to tackle Malawi, who are currently ranked fifth in the world.

And Parsons has good memories of her last encounter with the Queens.

She said: ‘We beat them. I remember it being a really good match.

‘Our squad is very similar, so we will definitely take confidence into the game.

‘We are really excited about it.’

Parsons has been a key member of the England A squad for the past few seasons.

She has played Fast5 netball for the senior side but awaits her Test debut.