GB chase Euro spot

18 May 2012 / 14:01

Great Britain will look to move a step closer to European Championship qualification on Saturday, although their task has been made slightly harder by a controversial rule.

Harry Brokking's men host Albania at Crawley's K2 Centre, having won their first-leg meeting last weekend in Tirana 3-0.

However, a defeat would result in them having to play a golden set to move through to September's next phase, regardless of whether or not they have won on aggregate.

But, while the players are not too enamoured by the thought of their toil at the Asllan Rusi Arena last weekend going to waste, they are preferring to focus on the positive of whitewashing their opponents in what was their first fixture of the Olympic summer.

"The game was good and it was a difficult place to play," said vice-captain Andy Pink.

"It was hard for us, because there was a lot of travel and it was a noisy and boisterous atmosphere. It was really nice to hit the ground running because we got caught at the same stage against Azerbaijan two years ago, so we have shown improvements in how we travel and prepare."

The Crawley fixture is followed by a number of training trips and fixtures, as well as a week-long stay at the Team GB camp in Loughborough.

As a result, the side have little time off before starting their Olympic campaign, but America-born Pink is choosing to focus on the European campaign for now, rather than become distracted by thoughts of London.

"The schedule is packed so we can't look too far ahead to the Olympics," the 29-year-old added.

"There are also a lot of other things we need to look at, such as the legacy. If we get a win against Albania this weekend, we go through to the next stage of the European Championships in September, and that is so important for us."