Liam Williamson report on Grimsby Borough’s experience at Nottingham FA Regional Tournament

Grimsby Borough u10 boys have been playing futsal for around 18 months now. The team first played in the Hull local league, Grimsby Borough entered one team, for their first season doing futsal they competed against some very good teams and learnt a lot from futsal. After the season had finished they boys had said how much they had enjoyed playing futsal and wanted to continue playing, same feelings from the parents. Luckily to help our cause of keeping the boys involved within futsal a league started in the Grimsby area. Grimsby Borough entered 2 teams into this league with 13 players all being involved. Both teams have thoroughly enjoyed competing within this well run league and both teams have done really well.

Futsal has taught the players so much about football and developed all players in so many areas. Teaching players to have confidence on the ball within tight areas, teaching players to play the game at a fast pace and given all players plenty of opportunity without having much time to make decisions on the ball. Each of these factors of the game have also helped them in their local Gradely Sunday games. The most valuable part of the game futsal has team the team is passing and moving during games. The boys now receive compliments wherever we go about the type of football we play and our passing and moving ability.

The boys were then ask to travel to Nottingham on Saturday 4th June, a excellent experience this would be for the team said yes without any thought.

1st Game; Vs Mansfield

The game started with Mansfield showing the better passing and moving and was on top. They created a few half chances in which Borough goalkeeper Max Winfield kept them at bay with some good saves. Borough were struggling to get there passing going. Mansfield continued to control the game and created their first real chance, one vs. one with Max who rushed of his line to produce a fine save. This seemed to spark Borough to life, which showed their futsal qualities stringing 5 short passes together before a Charlie Clement shot was blocked well by a Mansfield defender which was heading goal wards. 6 minutes into the game and both teams were now playing some nice football and creating chances, Mansfield were creating the majority of the chances but Borough creating the better chances and 7 and half minutes James Bell fired just wide of the post. Borough then introduced Bevan Knight into the game just to add some defensive shape to the team, Mansfield at this stage made 3 substitutes. The game continued to be even with Harrison Shaw weaving his way through a few players before just being outnumbered for Borough, Mansfield on the 10 minute mark had their second big chance, a fine effort on goal just scraped the post and went wide. On the 12th minute Mansfield from nothing got a corner, smashing it hard and low if deflected of a Borough player and into his own goal, nothing can do about them type of goals, just unlucky. Unfortunately for Borough their heads went down and they further went on to concede 3 more goals. Final score Grimsby Borough 0 – Mansfield 4

Borough had come up against a very good Mansfield side; a very even game that could have gone either way, first goal was a big goal. A good performance from Borough and would of learnt a lot from this game.

Teams smart new kit

2nd Game; Vs Rothwell

This game started in the worse possible way, 30 seconds in borough found themselves 1-0 down, a good finish from the Rothwell player while Borough still hadn’t begun. Borough again struggled to get hold of the ball and string passes together, losing the ball too easily and putting themselves in difficult situations. On the 4 minute mark Borough found themselves 2-0 down, a Rothwell player skipped past 2 Borough players before slotting past Max. This however seemed to bring Borough to life, they started to string passes together which created them chances. Borough were on top for the following 4 minutes, creating a lot of chances and hitting the post just didn’t seem to be their day, until Harvey King found James Bell in a tight area who turned well before slotting the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot. 7 minutes remaining and Borough were on top of the game, again coming close on several occasions. This before we got a free kick rewarded, Harvey King took the free kick, a excellent strike on goal and their keeper saved, however couldn’t handle the ball and James Bell followed up well slotting the ball away. Borough have shown great character to pull this back and with 5 minutes remaining look like the team who could go on and win this, however some slick defending and lack of concentration see Rothwell go 3-2 up, their player having a good 5 seconds to himself before slotting away, all boroughs hard work was undone. 3 and half minutes left borough pushed for the equaliser, Harvey King came very close his effort just going over the bar. 2 minutes to go Borough got the equaliser through James Bell, excellent goal. Borough continued to push, James Bellcame devastatingly close hitting the inside of the post, 30 seconds remaining, a mix up at the back saw Max handle outside his area, dropping the ball to Rothwell strikers feet who slotted home. Final Score Grimsby Borough 3- Rothwell 4

Devastating result for Borough who were in control for the majority of the game, created the better chances just switching of defensively costing them the result, however another positive performance.

3rd Game; Vs Blaby

Our third and final game. Told the boys to go out and enjoy it, however once again we struggled to get our passing going and couldn’t cope with Blaby’s relentless pressure. Borough was very static off the ball and Blaby took advantage, Boroughs heads on the floor. Blaby 2 – Borough 0.

Coming away with 3 defeats from 3 the boys seemed disheartened; however I’ve said they could have easily got positive results from at least 2 of the games. We competed against some very good teams. This was an excellent experience from the boys and they will have learnt a lot from this. Some positive performances from the team to take away.

If you’re thinking of getting into Futsal or your team into futsal our thoughts would be DO IT!! Best thing we ever did.

Very thankful for the experience and hope we can return next year.