It's a big ask on a big field, but Versatile Wanganui City think they can stay with defending champions Palmerston North Marist when their Lotto Federation League campaign resumes at Memorial Park Saturday afternoon.

Having a bye for the opening round of Federation Cup last weekend, in the midst of a massive road schedule with two trips into the Hawke's Bay followed by consecutive Palmerston North games, City took a break from training last week to freshen up – their brief consideration for a Thursday run around being thwarted by the rain.

Returned home from Australia, co-coach Anthony Bell said