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Match Preview: FA Futsal Cup: Bolton Futsal Club vs. Manchester Futsal Club

by Nathan Linley


It's FA Futsal Cup weekend as the Manchester Development Team make the short hop across Manchester for their first cup match of the season against league rivals Bolton Futsal Club.

Both sides find themselves acres clear of the chasing pack in Division Two North as Bolton lead the way by just three points from Manchester Development, who sit a comfortable 9 points ahead of Loughborough Development.

Head Coach Russell Fryer has told his player to give everything and leave no stone unturned when his players take to the court tomorrow.

"We watched their game v Loughborough and we have watched a few games now, not to mention playing them twice already and we have trained accordingly. We will have our youngest ever squad out this week, with a number of injuries to first team players, meaning a few of the Dev team have been drafted in to that team. We expect the toughest game of all this weekend and we will be prepared. No matter what happens result wise our aim is to ensure that we leave everything we have on court."

Former Bolton and Manchester Development head coach Karl Burns has mixed emotions about the game having coached most of the players from both sides.

"Real mixed feelings for this fixture, but I guess the first thing I'd say is I didn't expect to be watching this one from the sidelines, but that's what life throws at you sometimes and you have to move on. My passion for this wonderful sport remains undiminished and I'll continue to work developing Futsal on a local level. Having coached the vast majority of both sets of players, I can say for sure it will be a great game for the spectators, there are match winners in both camps so I'm expecting a close game eventually decided by a piece of individual brilliance... and that's as close as you're gonna get to me predicting a winner! Let's hope it's a great game and I wish both sets of players the very best."

Kick off tomorrow is at 3:15pm at Bolton's temporary home Power League Trafford.   Best of luck to Fryer and Jackson's lads as we hope for a successful cup run for the youngsters this season.