Author Archives: Kevin Bryant

A rare treat for me to referee a full night of U10/11 matches at Novartis, and I was not disappointed

Holton Le Clay vs. Scartho 2013

Healing Hotspur ‘A’ 9 Holton Le Clay Boys 3

Holton desperately need that first win to get team up and running, this game followed pattern of previous games I have watched, team was in game at half time with scores level at 2-2. Holton had pulled back a two goal deficit.

Second period Holton keeper played outfield, he was as excellent out a he was in goal, only problem was the negative effect it had on the team overall. Healing upped their game whilst Holton left teams first half performance in the dressing room.

Healing Hotspur ‘A’ 9 Seven Seas 5

Buoyed by a win in their first game Healing looked for back to back wins against Seven Seas. The younger Seas got off to a positive start, twice leading and twice being pulled back level. They the suffered a bad run to half time as Healing ran away with game to 7-3.

Second half evened out again as Seven manfully upped their game. Hotspurs scored a string of excellently crafted goals, whilst Seven Seas must be given huge credit for their attitude; they don’t want easy push over games in their own age group, they want to be tested against older opposition.

Grimsby Borough Colts 2 Discoveries Boys U11’s 3

Game did not disappoint my anticipation. Colts opening 2-0 spell had me thinking the game was only going one way. Discoveries had other ideas, they dug in, clawed a goal back and then another. Half time level.

Second half, Sensing a win Discoveries never let Colt’s settle, high pressing game broke up Colts play and team was rewarded with a match winning goal.

Grimsby Borough Ballers 5 Discoveries u10’s 3

Discoveries put a 100% effort into the game and with three minutes left was holding a 3-2 lead, last three minutes Borough found untapped reserves to grab two late goals to preserve team 100% record.

Discoveries can take great credit for their part in the game, and must have gained confidence knowing they can rattle the leaders.

Under 18s League going down to last game

Grimsby Warriors u18 Champions 2016

Ym Spartans 5 Tetney All Stars 5

A game where the intensity level needed to play successfully crossed the level to when it works against a team’s capacity to perform.

I had a morning call that included the conversation ‘who was Spartans playing today’. When I said Tetney the response ‘was an easy game for Spartans then’?

Tetney proved they are no one’s fools, on average the players are a year younger than most opposition players, but this has not stopped them growing week by week into a highly competitive unit.

Three nil up, Tetney had Spartans rattled, a Spartans goal looked as it might settle team. No chance as Tetney went 4-2 up. Worse to follow 5-2. Tetney was not following script. To Spartans credit they clawed game back 5-5, but only after a very tough ride that could have gone horribly worse if Tetney had converted a last kick free ten meter shot at goal.

Only negative to match was the high foul count from both teams.

The loss of two points means only a win over top placed Giants will give them Championship.

Clee Mariners 6 Cody All Stars 7

On paper Cody team has players to challenge at top, to make that leap they need to move up two levels tactically.

Mariners never get results their endeavour justifies, so close yet again.

Move fast, LFA Futsal Tournament for Seniors (age 16+), Limited Spaces





LinxFutsal Tournament

Lincolnshire FA are hosting a Futsal tournament that will take place on:

Sunday 4th June

11am – 3pm

Lincoln University Sports Centre

Cost: £10 per team

The aim of the Futsal tournament is to engage existing teams as well as newly generated teams from across the County to compete in the Futsal Launch Event, provide a positive experience for all involved & gather some research, highlighting what Futsal clubs within Lincolnshire would like the offer of continued provision to be shaped like.

We know Futsal is a growing game and Lincolnshire FA would like to provide clubs, teams & individuals with regular provision across the County.

If you are part of a club / team or an individual who would like to take part in the upcoming Futsal tournament please contact Sophie Bartup on the contact info below:


Two exceptional Premier League matches, reports John Drew

On the Futsal front tonight definitely deserves a few words. For weeks now we have said the football gets better and better. Well tonight it was a real treat. Two fantastically fought matches with surprises all the way.

Me2 All Stars          8         vs.         6          YMCA All Stars

The first match saw Me2 pitted against the inconsistent YMCA side. But not tonight. YMCA had by far the better first period forcing Me2 to defend for long stints to retain their league prowess. A score of 3-3 at the break had seen the YMCA trio of Chris, Josh and Dom really come of age. The second period saw more of this line ably assisted by Willow and deputised Pete Schofield who led a charmed life on the night when asked to tend goal in the second half. Indeed, the scoresheet show that YMCA were winning with 5 minutes remaining but the stalwart Kirk Russell pulled Me2 back level and their determination led to two late goals to win. But they knew they had been in a fight for the points.

MOM Chris Fawcett (Ym)

Payzone 11         vs.         8           Franklin FC

Payzone Adam Cooper on ball

Payzone cash in!

In the first match we had players coming of age in the league; in the second we had Payzone come of age and beat the potential league champions. What a spectacle for the observer to watch. Payzone cashed in! They finally got what they have been showing gradually week after week by improving and learning how this wonderful game is played. Limited rushing by Ratty; good player movement and quick inter player play but carefully protecting the defensive zone when attacking paid off. The damage was done in the first half when Payzone led 8 – 5. The second saw Franklin have to respond; and they did drawing the second 3 – 3 but this wasn’t enough.

MOM Adam Cooper (Payzone)

U18s League heading towards a final showdown match

Grimsby Giants have title in their grasp by smallest of margins, with one point separating them and Ym Spartans. Spartans play Tetney next week, Giants have a free week and then both teams play each other in title decider. A great game in prospect.

Gy Giants 7 Cody All Stars 3

Convincing win in a game that could have been a banana skin match for Giants.

Lions 2016 Thursday Cup Winners

Lions 9 Futsal Phenom 3

Lions had their star player ‘Woody’back for a rare game. I’m given to understand that when ‘Woody’ leaves the GTFC Futsal Scholarship he is off Loughborough University to study and further his futsal career, University play in FA National League Premier League. Aided by fellow GTFC star Ethan Evans, this was always going to an uphill battle for relative novices, Futsal Phenom. And so it was, but credit to Phenom that team scored three and kept goals against column respectable.

I always think Futsal Phenom deserve three goals start for team name.

Ym Spartans 8 CBM 7

A must win game for both teams if they either was to grasp title from Giants grasp. A draw, which it almost was, would have been perfect result for the Giants.

Spartans had a perfect first half,going in at break 4-1 up.

4-2 always causes nerves, 4-3 more so, but 5-3 relaxed situation for those spectating. Then a bizarre Ym change, they move specialist goalkeeper (also an outfielder) and replace with a ‘make do keeper’. Strange decision in such an important match. A decision that almost cost Ym the game. 5-3 became 5-5; 5-6; 6-6; 7-7; and with last attack of game a stunning Ym goal retrieved a game they had contrived to lose.

Thanks to Mr J Mawer for some great officiating.

Grimsby Diamonds rock Class on Grass

Kevin Bryant U12’s futsal coaching clinics, every Saturday at YMCA, Grimsby.
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Class on Grass 6 Grimsby Diamonds 11

As match referee I was certainly kept working full 30 minutes with 17 goals and 14 fouls to record.

Lots of the fouls’ was for obstructions and infringements that needed to be dealt with. Couple of bad tackles but for such a high foul count nothing to give great concern.

Why so many goals, I think because both team had their strongest players at the front end of the team, which meant both teams had their least physical players marking opposition strongest players.

First half ended 6-5 with neither team managing to open up more than a single goal lead.

Second half that changed when Diamonds went 7-5; CoG kept close till 9-6 when game ran away from them.

Impressive individual performances from every player, not a game for feint hearted.

Clee Town u14s 2 FC Discoveries Wilton Cobley 3

Result was in doubt right to last whistle.

Discoveries went 1-0 and then we had one of those goals that go viral, Clee player was on floor, legs outstretched, with ball between his knees. I have whistle in hand anticipating a foul or need to re start game with a ‘drop ball’. Player spins 360 degrees on floor and on the spin puts ball in back of net. Bizarre goal. 1-1. Half time and Discoveries have regained lead 2-1.

An early Discoveries goal opened up a two goal gap that Clee reduced but could not level despite great tactical efforts.

This team have only being playing futsal for a short period and yet are already unrecognisable from teams that started. When they played early games it was just 5 aside, not any more, players are asking me tactical questions, looking to squeeze more out of each game.

AFC Great Coates 5 Great Coates Futsala 5

Great Coates local derby kept sent everyone home happy after compelling 5 all draw.

Several newer players in both squads, interesting watching as these players adapted to new challenges futsal throws up.

Franklin College show why they are Premier League title favourites

Franklin College 8 Peoples Bar 6

The first half was all Peoples Bar, they bossed the ball and the teams player rotations off the ball were top class, worthy of a National League team. By the break PB had opened up a healthy 4-2 lead and looked in control of the game.

Franklin College 2017

Those off us that have watched lots of futsal know that a tactical change can dramatically alter a match pathway. This game was no exception; Franklin went into a long half time discussion, came out and scored an early goal (4-3), that one goal with 18 minutes left to play altered the game physiologically for both teams. Franklin new they had time left – the goal had given them the confidence to drive on, which they did.

Peoples Bar responded and had chances, squandered chances; three times Franklin hit them on counter with three of PB team stranded at wrong end of court. Franklin opened a two goal lead that no one saw coming at half time. Worrying for PB is they never responded to Franklin’s change to a full on pressing game, playing out from back is highly commendable but there are times when the ball needs to go long as a surprise element.

Yet another game of great skill and technique, a pleasure to watch.

M of M Ethan Eldred (Franklin)

Grimsby Borough SL excel in new format u12/13 Handicap Tournament

Borough SL 5 Healing 6

Borough did not make a great start arriving with just four players. Healing sportingly agreed to play match 4 vs. 4. Still an advantage as they had two subs to utilise.

These games often follow a pattern; the four do very well until the extra energy of the six takes control of the match.

Size wise this was a little (Boro’) and large contest. Healing scored first but followed did not go to plan. Boro’ equalised took lead, and then lost a goal. 2-2 at break.

Borough was playing skilful futsal, clever passing, creative movement, from goal keeper to the forwards, no one was missed out. A pleasure to referee.

Boro’ kept going second half to lead 3-2; 4-2 and 5-4. Boro’s energy tank was trained but still they got back to 5-5 only for Healing to score with games last kick.

Borough won thanks to handicap system.

Great game.

YMCA Galacticos 2016

Galacticos 6 Warriors 2

With a very strong squad and extra players on bench this game was always going to be a challenge for Warriors.

Warriors kicked off with a 2-0 handicap advantage. Well organised in defence they defended well to the break, going in a goal down but still ahead on handicap.

Galacticos stepped up a level in the second half, played some great stuff taking control of the game.  A Warriors goal to take score to 2-1 gave them hope, but not for long, as excellent Galacticos opened a 6-1 gap before an excellent individual goal by Warriors closed game.