Author Archives: Kevin Bryant

Premier League – Me2 deliver Custer’s last stand to deny Payzone


Payzone 5 Me2 All Stars 6

Me2 know how to dig in deep and get a result from matches that would be lost to other less committed teams. Throughout match Payzone was on the front foot, but paid dearly for unforced defence if errors.

Half time Me2 3 Payzone 0.

Both teams were locked in tactical briefs at half time.

From kick off it looked as though Payzone had solved Me2 defensive strategy when they pulled a goal back. 3-1 and Payzone had a glimmer of light, which dimmed almost immediately. Me2, looking tired, scored an individual goal, back to that three goal difference.

Payzone continued to throw everything at Me2 who rocked, 4-4. Me2 was defending as only they know how to, until yet another Payzone error, losing ball in possession somehow Me2 grabbed a winner.

I cannot recall a better defence performance than Me2 in this game, and they have delivered many over the years.

MoM Marc Ratchford GK (Me2)


Ym All Stars 2 Franklin FC 8

The more experienced Franklin ‘team’ just too strong for Ym. I bracketed the word team as this was a big difference, Ym had to many players getting to know each other whilst Franklin players always knew their team role.

MoM Ben Cousins (Franklin)

Week 1 of new Under 18s League

Clee Mariners 9 Nibble FC 1

Mariners had just too much experience for newcomers. Whenever keeper had ball Mariners was able to make pitch bigger than opposition who just did not use full width and length of court. Look at YouTube lads, all the tactical answers are on there. Putting them into practice is the hard part.

Lions 2 Cody All Stars 3

Late Lions rally flattered score line. First five minutes I would have put money on Lions to win, then, after conceding a goal, play fell of tracks for long period.

First time I have seen Cody team play futsal rather than a hybrid futsal/five-a- side. With substitutes to give on court players a break they will challenge for title.

Tetney 1 CBM 5

CBM all game knowledge to much for spirited opposition.

Tetney team major flaw is one that team just will not address, as a group they, to me, are not playing to team strengthens. If you have fast mobile players utilise them, don’t get involved in a physical battle that are not to your advantage.

England’s Futsal team will head to China in June for a four nation tournament

England team 2016 vs. Finland

England’s Futsal squad will head to China next month where they will face their hosts, Malaysia and Czech Republic in a friendly Four Nations Tournament.

Three Lions head coach Michael Skubala has selected a 14-man squad for the trip to Changsha in Hunan Province, which looks a youthful group with some debutants in the squad making the step up from the development sides.

Four Nation Tournament

  • China, Czech Republic, England, Malaysia
  • 23-26 June 2017
  • Changsha, China

The team will play three matches in Changsha across three days, starting against on Friday 23 June. Further details of the fixtures, venues and times will be updated in due course.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to look at some of our younger talent coming through in senior games that I know will be of the level and environment that will test them,” said Skubala ahead of the trip.

“The way the tournament has been put together is great and I know China will put on a great event, the three games back-to-back is a tough test for the Futsal Lions, especially for the younger players who are still gaining valued experience in these types of friendlies.”

There is expected to be a big crowd in China for these games, with Futsal forming a big part of football development in the Asian nation and with England one of the lower-ranked teams in the tournament, Skubala is expecting some tough games.

“For me, opportunities like this are important for us to develop and part of that development is playing teams better than us like Czech Republic, who are a top 20-ranked team in the Futsal world,” he added.

The squad

James Webb – Loughborough Futsal
Russell Goldstein – Helvecia Futsal
Calvin Dickson – Helvecia Futsal
Jordan Edge – Manchester Futsal
Raoni Medina – Helvecia Futsal
William Wallace – Real Betis Futsal
Mark Croft – Loughborough Futsal
Robert Bettson – York City Futsal
Maximilian Kilman – Genesis Futsal
Richard Ward – Helvecia Futsal
Toluwa Sotonye – Reading Escolla Futsal
Douglas Reed – Futsal Dynamo Futsal
Jonathan Simm – Helvecia Futsal
Liam Palfreeman – Citta Di Falconara Futsal

Giants U18 win title shoot out against old foes YMCA Spartans

GY Giants 14 11 2 1 95 38 57 35 WWLWWWWWDWDW
YMCA Spartans 14 10 2 2 94 64 30 32 LDWWWWWWDWWL
CBM 14 9 2 3 78 49 29 29 DWLWLWLWWWDW
Lions 13 7 1 5 66 67 -1 22 LWWLWWLLLWWD
Cody All Stars 14 6 0 8 53 71 -18 18 WWLWWWLLLWLL
Tetney Ultras 13 5 1 7 42 57 -15 16 DLWLLLWWLWLL
Clee Mariners 14 1 1 12 45 74 -29 4 DLLLLWLLLLLL
Futsal Phenom 14 1 1 12 29 82 -53 4 LLLLLLLDLLLL

Grimsby Giants 8 YM Spartans 6

Giants were 3-0 up after 10 minutes, after such a dreadful start Ym could do no more than chase the game. Twice they got within a goal, each time Giants responded with scores of their own. Ym went to a fly goal keeper, then to a fly keeper and a target man up front, each time Giants responded to the new challenge.

No question that Giants won game on merit, game expertly refereed by Mr John Drew who kept a tense game tightly under control. Very few fouls recorded against either side. Credit to local futsal.

Lions 3 Cody All Stars 9

Cody All Stars wake from being sleeping giants to defeat a strong pride of Lions.

CBM 7 Clee Mariners 7

3rd Place u18’s

Mariners prove yet again, that on their day, they can mix it with best.


Meglio United manager Sam Vincent receives £100 winners voucher

Sam Vincent
Meglio United coach
Sam is holding £100 voucher toward Barcelona tour

Meglio have dominated u13 futsal for some time now, not being satisfied to be the best locally,   they are heading this October to Barcelona to measure the team’s progress against the cities best.

Will be fascinating how they get on, the city is dominated by futsal, generations have practiced the game, each one passing the knowledge down to younger generation.

Visit the Nou camp and right in front of you is the Barcelona futsal team arena, that how important futsal is to the Catalans.