Manchester Women’s Futsal Club head coach Abdallah Mohamed is looking forward to the end-of-season run-in as his side continue their claim for the FA National Futsal League title.
Although they currently sit in fourth, Manchester are only five points behind leaders Gloucester University with three games left, and Mohamed knows it’s all to play for during the final stage of the campaign.
“Saturday’s game is going to be really important to us as we need to finish the season strongly and be in with a chance to win the league,” he said.
“It's been over a month since we had our last game, but the players are eager to step back on to the court and deliver on the day.
“We've been working hard in training and stepped up the intensity so that the squad can still keep their fitness up having not played for a while.”
Mohamed is also looking to bounce back from the 6-2 home defeat to Liverbirds last time out, where Manchester were without a number of key players.
Looking over this season as a huge learning curve, he has been delighted with his team’s progress and knows that now is the time for the final push towards the ultimate prize.
And, having beaten Bristol City 5-1 in their last meeting, he believes a repeat performance this weekend is something the ladies are capable of.
“I thought the girls were amazing against Liverbirds considering we had to field an inexperienced side.
“They were unfortunate; the result doesn’t reflect how they all performed. It definitely gives me extra confidence to know that I’ve got depth in my squad and that they can all step up when they needed.
“If we go with the same intensity and aggression that we showed last time against Bristol, I can't see us really losing the game. Having said that, Bristol are a very organised team and I'm sure they will be as hungry as we are to come out with all three points – which should be fun to watch.
“We will take it game by game. We've got three more coming up and we just have to treat each one as it comes. This Saturday is going to be another difficult test but I have faith in my team.”
Celeste Gardner will be unavailable for tomorrow’s contest, while long-term injury concerns Becky Pilkington, Jess Hickman and captain Leanne Skarratt remain sidelined.
SQUAD: Carol Agostinho (c), Ana Marques (GK), Meida Pociunaite, Lauren Beckford, Kirsty Allen, Agnieszka Janczuk, Ilona Miterkova
Manchester Futsal Women’s Club take on Bristol City Futsal Club at Birmingham International Futsal Arena on Saturday 2nd April, kicking off at 11.30am. Keep up-to-date with the womens’ progress via our Twitter account, @MFCWomensFutsal.