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FC Grimsby a Whisker away from Winning Prestigious Sir Isaac Newton Tournament

Back Row:
Kyle Hulse; Danny Grant; Liam Highton; Brandon Braithwaite
Front Row:
Matty Payne; Leighty; Liam Hulse

Grimsby Futsal players excell  at Sir Isaac Newton.

High level tournament with four of the twelve teams playing in the FA National League.

Matty Payne and lads left Grimsby at 6:30 a.m. for an 8-30 a.m. pre tournament briefing.
Played 7 lost 0. Final went to penalties, Grimsby missing one penalty to lose out on winner’s trophy. This against a team they had beat 3-0 in group stages.
Matty Payne received the Golden Boot for his scoring exploits.
LFA delegates at competition reported back how well team had represented County.

Matty Payne
Tournament Trophies

Grimsby senior players taking futsal to a new level

Bradley team in pre match discussion

Grimsby Futsal League players taking futsal to a level that was unthought of 10 years ago; these guys need facilities to match their undoubted expertise.

Me2 7 Bradley 6
Player of the Match: Bradley’s Jim Allen
Electrifying at break neck pace Futsal from two highly experienced sides made for a superb match. Me2 All Stars struck early in the first and looked unassailable but some really clever counter play and passing left Bradley within striking distance in the match. At half way Me2 led 4-3 so all to play for. The second was counter attacking Futsal from Bradley that brought them level late on despite a high foul count and free shot saved by Dave. But the Me2 counter counter paid off for them to sneak the winner at the end. And how many post and cross bar ricochets can you get in a match?
Picture Bradley in pre match discussion.

Great start to week…

First a lesson learnt from last week; don’t take a holiday whilst teams are playing futsal leagues. Thought I had everything in place and then something goes ‘pear shaped’ and I’m on a boat with internet available at £10 an hour!

Great to be back lesson learnt.

What a start, two entertaining u11 matches at YMCA. Seven Seas have spells when individuals pick out passes that you normally only see at an older age, and then only from finely tuned football brains. Individually and collectively they set the bench mark. Opposition was bottom of league NTC who was baptising four new players for next season. First half was dominated by Seas; NTC had few chances which they failed to capitalise. Second half they showed a marked improvement, scored two and kept game close.

Yes they lost both halves but from a coaching angle they achieved a lot, measuring second half to first, they was greatly improved. They have also unearthed a lady player gem.

Moving onto second game – Keelby (lower end of table vs. Synergy (top end). First period Keelby surpassed them opening up a 5-2 lead, played off some scintillating counter attacks. Half time they changed all five players and introduced a less experienced five. Could new five take Keelby over finish line? Not quite but how they tried, cajoled by coaches that mixed positive advice with enthusiasm. Synergy played their part digging themselves out of a hole to level 7-7.

Brad Milne dressed for his charity event in Rhwanda

Same night I’m receiving praise for referee Brad Milne who in turn is singing praise of new trainee referee Dan. Dan is great futsal player who looks like he will make the cross to a great referee.

Same day, Matty Payne texts me Grimsby team playing in tournament at Grantham coming Sunday. What a team. Fingers crossed they perform on Sunday, names on paper don’t always equal sum total of team you expect. More to follow…

Same day I get email from, serious futsal people and they are giving away my book Coaching Children in and Through Futsal as a FREE E-Book.

Better still my writing partner has just been made a ambassador, opening more doors for Grimsby futsal.

What more can week offer? Day one has been a great start.

Great that the new teams entering the Wednesday night Premier League are challenging existing senior teams…

Newcomers Elite & GSC made ‘oldies’ Corinthians & Me2 very much aware they have new challenges to weather

Elite 11 Corinthians 3

Elite are a danger to every team in the league, something I have not said about a new team for a number of years. Plenty have started and then crumbled when faced with the challenge futsal presents.

On paper it could be argued Corinthians had stronger starting five but that meant for nothing as Elite was a team with every player knowing the next move before pass had been played.

For Elite ‘Buster’ dominated, scoring half his teams goals, whilst ‘Laity’ in goal was, as quoted to me, ‘unreal’.

GSC 1 Me2 5

Show Me2 a challenge they are up for it.

GSC had a great team of players, what they lacked was the tactical unity that comes from playing same way year after year.

AS GSC found to their cost Me2 make opposition earn just a shot at their goal, defending in their own half, each do their job knowing a capable keeper is on hand to make the critical save when called on. This strong deep defence is Me2’s catalyst to counter attack, which they do with great expertise.

Diamonds 13 Bradley 11

Diamonds another newcomer taking 6 point out of opening 9 points.

Years of experience in lower age groups is paying off for a Diamonds team that has that has a combination of youth and experience on its side.

It should be pointed out that on this occasion Bradley had a scratch side out. Not that team would offer that as an excuse.

Three excellent matches played at a level that showed to me how much Grimsby futsal has improved year on year.

Great credit to under 15’s league when a senior referee send such a glowing report…

Grimsby referee Gavin Sartain in action FA National League

“Credit to Discoveries Flyers dropping to four players due to ‘opposition having reduced numbers. Second week on the trot that I’ve seen some top excellent sporting behaviour from teams within  the league. The friendly vibe that is apparent throughout the age group is one of the key reasons why the under 15’s age group is currently flourishing both in standard and with numbers”. Brad Milne

Brad Milne dressed for his charity event in Rwanda