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Manchester Development 1-7 Durham Development

by Riegan Thompson

Manchester development squad dropped points for only the third time this season as they fell to a 7-1 defeat at home to an inform Durham development side.

 

Durham started well and moved the ball around quickly but it was their off the ball movement that was causing Manchester the most problems.

 

Durham took the lead on 13 minutes when James showed some quick feet to cut inside and drill the ball under Foster to make it 1-0.

 

Durham continued to be the dominant side and this showed when Pearson weaved between two defenders and kept his cool to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

 

The North East side wasted no time after the interval. Pearson worked the ball well and found the net three minutes into the second half. Almost instantly after, it was 4-0. Santiago burst through the middle, played a one-two with McGuire, and slotted the ball under Foster.

 

Pearson continued his fine display by adding his third and Durham’s fifth. He pounced on a loose pass and rounded the goal keeper to tap in to an empty net.

 

Manchester captain Williams found himself in space and fired home on the 29th minute. Although, this proved only to be a consolation as James added his second to make it 6-1.

 

The rout was finished off a minute from time when Chapman found his way through the Manchester defence and finished calmly.

 

Development team coach Russell Fryer said, “Ultimately, I think it was just a bad day at the office – it’s the worst we have played this season. Defensively we couldn’t handle their movement. They were very good at sucking us in and then moving off into the space behind us and we weren’t tracking the runners. It was just an all-round bad day.”

 

He went on to say, “One thing that stood out for me is the attitude. I think once we went a couple of goals down a few players thought the game was over, but that isn’t the case in futsal as we all know.”

 

Looking forward Russell said, “I’ve said to the boys it’s not about what’s happened it is how they react to that. I need to pick these boys off the floor, their heads are down and they’re very disappointed. The good news is we’ve got it on video so I can analyse it and now it is about working hard in training and putting right the things that went wrong.”

 

 

 

 

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