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Manchester Development 7-1 Billingham - MATCH REPORT

by Nathan Linley


Manchester Development secured a fantastic 7-1 victory over Billingham Futsal Club in a game which was part of a double header at the National Cycling Centre.

Goals from Jordan Fournier, Adam Rawcliffe, Elliot Fenton, Ryan Williams, Adam Lavin and Matthew McSortland all had a hand with the goalfest that overcame the visitors in emphatic style.

Developement Coach Russell Fryer was very satisfied with the performance of his young players but also praised the opposition for the effort and dedication to the cause.

"The main difference was that we were on a full court and not a half court, so we should use our strengths and their weaknesses to our advantage. We did that well; We asked them to move the ball fast and rotate quickly and while we didn’t do that well initially, we definitely improved the tempo after the Time Out."

"We asked them to make the court wide and long and we definitely made it wide but not so long so we made a couple of changes with the instruction to go deeper and make them work more. We knew that they would run out of steam so we asked them not to panic if we went behind and try and force things and we were patient with our build ups, though if we slowed things down too much it allowed them to recover while we had possession, hence the need to move it faster."

"The inevitable happened second half and they couldn’t keep the pace with us, as we kept on shifting them around and they dropped deeper and deeper as the game wore on. Overall with 7 of the 11 being just 18 or younger, I was so pleased with the way we patiently waited for our opportunities and in the end it could have been double figures, but to give Billingham their due credit, they had 6 players which include their manager and still made a 6 hour round trip from the North East."

Billingham got off to a great start as the number seven Jack Leicos got himself on the scoresheet inside two minutes.

Manchester then attempted a quick reply through Byeong Dae So who latched on to Adam Rawcliffe’s pass from the middle of the court, but his effort was just wide of the mark.

Moments later Manchester then got themselves back into the game through Jordan Fournier’s low driven shot from distance found the back of John Codd’s net in the Billingham goal.

A timeout was called by the home team midway through the first half as play was very open, maybe a bit too open for Fryer and Jackson’s liking at this point of the match.

Manchester then came out and created more opportunities as McSorland and Goddard force Codd into a couple of saves from all angles.

Sixteen minutes in and Manchester took the lead for the first time in the game as Elliot Fenton wins the ball back in the midfield, his cross finds Matthew McSorland who gets a lucky deflection back off the keeper and rolls in.

There was nothing between the two sides going into the second half as both sides had attacking threats that looked to trouble both defences respectively.

The second half began, Manchester started off very strongly and Adam Lavin was a big influence in both goals.  He latched onto a long ball from Byeong Dae So to make it 3-1.  He then laid off unselfishly for Adam Fournier to quickly double their advantage.

Elliot Fenton’s effort looked to have made it five but Adam Rawcliffe got a touch about a yard from goal and somehow the ball went wide.

With ten minutes left, Adam Rawcliffe chipped Billingham goalkeeper Phil Codd in what was a sublime finish to make it 5-1.

Phil Codd was then involved in Manchester’s sixth with just five minutes from time as he was unable to stop Matthew McSorland’s shot from being carried over the line.

Jordan Fournier then finished off the rout as his shot from eight yards out found it’s way into the Billingham net.

If that wasn’t enough action, Manchester conceded their sixth foul of the half and a penalty was awarded to the visitors.  Jack Leicos had the duty to convert the penalty but decided to roll the ball before striking it on the base of the post, a free kick was awarded as rules state the ball can only be touched once.  Robert Pires and Thierry Henry in 2006 came to mind.