Women’s Futsal is back for the 16/17 season and MFC Women’s Club head into their first game of the National Ladies Futsal Super League this Saturday against Liverbirds Futsal with and away trip that has the makings of a cracker.
The newly assembled squad are raring to get going again after a long break from competitive Futsal, with their last game being back in May.
This has always been a thrilling fixture over the past few of seasons that has yielded plenty of goals and has generally been really closely contested.
Women’s team Captain Leanne Skarratt knows her charges will have to be at their best from the very outset;
‘We know they have some new additions to their squad this season and expect a tough game on Merseyside’.
‘We always need to have maximum respect for our opponents. As I emphasised to the girls- there will be no easy games in a National League and we'll have to be at our best every game to get the results we want’.
‘I feel we are also in a much stronger position heading into this season than we finished last season, where we had lost key players to injury, travel and illness only part way through our fixture list’.
Manchester have made a few really good signings during pre-season that will be great addition to the current squad.
On Saturday, making their Manchester Futsal Club debuts will be Jennifer Irwin, Leanne Turner, Becky Wilkins, Adora Yau and Beth Tattersall.
Speaking of her new recruits, Skarratt was full of expectation on what they will bring to the team;
‘The new players have integrated really well so far and hopefully the experienced players can now help them to gel on court.
There is a buzz around the squad at the moment and I've been really pleased to see a great team spirit that should serve us well heading into the season’.
The progression of English Women's Futsal with the restructuring of the National League has also been a positive move this season. Last season all games were played from a central venue in Birmingham in order to accommodate teams from all over the country.
This season the league overall has gained more teams, enabling a North and South division to be formed, something which Skarratt feels is a positive step forward.
‘Having home and away fixtures is always nice. That way you can generate more support, particularly at home games from family, friends, club mates and hopefully engage the wider community. This is the way we see women's Futsal moving forward and attracting more interest.
Good luck to the Women’s Club, and here's to a great season ahead!