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Reading Escolla Futsal Club 2-1 Manchester Futsal Club: MATCH REPORT

by Lewis Wiseman

Manchester Futsal Club held their own but was unable to take any points home from the weekend's away trip to Reading Escolla Futsal Club.

The game finished 2-1 to the home side and the closeness on the scoreboard was reflected on the pitch as well, with both teams giving the crowd a tense game of futsal.

Reading went into half time 1-0, after a very defensive, hard-tackling first twenty minutes.

Jordan Edge equalised for Manchester in the second half from a 10 metre penalty, which was one of four penalties given in the game. Three of which were missed.

The league leaders showed why they are top and clinched the winning goal with only four minutes remaining.

Manchester Futsal Club first team coach Sergi Saldana, said the game was played with a lot of passion from both teams and Manchester had every chance to walk away with points.

"The game was very intense and was played with a lot of passion from both teams but maybe for this reason was less tactical. I really believe that if we would had scored another double penalty or one of the back posts that we had, would had been very diffucult for Escolla to win the game," Saldana said after the match.

In recent weeks, Manchester has conceded a low number of goals and Saldana says this is down to a lot of defensive work in training.

"Lately we are defending better and it is being difficult for the other teams score goals against us which is good. My feelings is that the last month we have done a step forward."

Even though Manchester Futsal Club lost on the weekend, Saldana and his side can take some positives away from the match and the team have a weekend off before back to back games against Tranmere Rovers Futsal Club.

Sergi Saldana also wants to recognise the development players who have been training with the first team in order to aide the growing injury list.

"Special mention must go to the young players that are helping us especially during the trainings. They are too young and unfortunately they cannot play a lot of minutes with the first team beacuse they need more experience but some of them are starting to train with us beacuse of the problems with the injuries and they are training quite good. Players like Adam Rawcliffe, Elliott Fenton, Ryan Williams or Kenna Gnoma are coming to train lately and it has been good for them as well," Saldana said.

Make sure to stay tuned to Manchester Futsal's Twitter page for any futsal updates during the week off, the next home fixture is on the 11th of March, against Tranmere Rovers Futsal, kick off will be 2:30pm.

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