UNIKL Young Guns will face an early test in Division One of the Junior Hockey League against Malacca High School (MHS) at the Malacca Stadium today.
Having only played one game so far despite the JHL entering its third week, UniKL have yet to find their footing as they struggled to beat KL Sports School 2-0 two weeks ago.
UniKL are wary of the pitfalls that await them in Malacca as MHS have the tendency to raise their game and stun any team that are overconfident.
"We have had a two-week rest where I worked on some of the shortfalls that were spotted against KLSS. I also emphasised on physical conditioning as the next few weeks will see us playing back to back matches," said UniKL coach Rodhanizam Radzi.
Rodhanizam, a former national player, knows that MHS will be hard to crack.
"We cannot even afford a draw as that will leave us trailing leaders Thunderbolts and that will not be good at such an early stage."
MHS have played three matches, drawing against Anderson 1-1 in their opening match before playing to a 2-2 draw against KLSS last Saturday. However, MHS lost 3-1 to Petaling Jaya Municipal Council in their third match.
Defending champions Thunderbolts are at the top of the Division One table, and will play PJCC in Taman Daya today.
Thunderbolts smashed Anderson of Ipoh 7-0 last weekend.
TODAY -- Division One: SSTMI Thunderbolts v Petaling Jaya CC (5pm, Taman Daya); MHS v UniKL Young Guns (5pm, Malacca).
Division 2A: 1MAS Penang v Nur Insafi (5pm, USM Stadium).
Division 2B: 1MAS Perak v KLSS Juniors (5pm, Azlan Shah Stadium); MSSD Larut Matang-Selama v Olak-PKT (5pm, Kuala Kangsar).
Division 2C: SM Sains Johor v SMK Datuk Taha (5pm, Batu Pahat); BJSS Juniors v Politeknik KPM (5pm, Ministry of Education Stadium Pantai).