Yesterday, Manchester Futsal’s Development team took on Bolton Futsal Club at Belle Vue Leisure Centre at home.
In a previous meeting Bolton beat the MFC young lions convincingly, so the team was determined to prove themselves, which they most definitely did.
The match started in Bolton’s favour, with the away side going ahead by two goals early.
Development team coach Russel Fryer said the guys didn’t press aggressive enough early and that’s how the goals went in.
“We opted to press from the start to unsettle them, as we believed they liked to settle before mounting an attack. However the pressing wasn’t aggressive enough and that allowed them to gain two quick goals.”
“I told the second group going on that this is what had to change and to their credit they did just that and I think that’s what swung the game back out way. I knew our extra fitness would be an advantage the longer the game went on,” Fryer said.
After being down 2-0 within the first five minutes, the home side went on to score 6 unanswered goals to make the score 5-2.
Bolton did get two goals back towards the end of the match making the final score 6-4.
Fryer was very pleased that the hard work in training eventually helped on the court.
“We have been working on some specific things that Bolton punished us on in the first game, so to see them eventually come to fruition is as good a feeling you will ever get as a coach.”
This weekend is an international break from league games but the development team do have a friendly against the England U19’s side.
“Next week will be a tough game, as they have a good selection of all the best U19 players in the country and half of my team are U19 themselves. I expect them to be well organised and tactically good too, but hopefully some of my players will put themselves in the shop window for future England selection,” Fryer said about the upcoming friendly.
The win over Bolton Futsal Club highlights the MFC Development team’s growth over recent weeks, time will tell if the team can add to this run of form.