East Coast missed out on their first points of the season in a close game at Greenbank Academy.
If it wasn’t for a lackluster first 5 minutes the young East Coast team would have probably got something out of the game but conceding 3 goals so early on just made the game an uphill battle.
East Coast gave national league debut’s to 3 players, Christlow, Gunn & Robinson, and all 3 impressed.
It was Robinson who scored East Coasts first half goal after 12 minutes, a fine solo run and finish and there could have been further goals had Link and Brennan combined better and both Link and Robinson hitting the side netting whilst well placed. It was a good comeback considering the start and a boost for the team.
The second half saw an even match but poor defending allowed Liverpool to keep ahead. James Gunn, 17, played a great match and his solo effort beating 3 Liverpool players before poking home was outstanding. Robinson crashed home his second & there was also a brilliant 15 meter strike from Luke Foster another 17 year old.
The game was slightly marred by the sending off of Liverpool’s Ray Redmond. East Coast Captain Brewster Frizzell went in for an overzealous slide tackle which Redmond reacted to by headbutting Frizzel in the face. After a long fracas and both players suffering cuts Redmond was shown a straight red and Frizzell a yellow for the challenge.
At 5 v 3 East Coast had a glorious chance to get within one but Christlow hit the bar from a yard out and on the counter Liverpool struck the killer blow.
MOM – James Gunn
East Coast now face a 6 week break before the next league action but travel to Dublin on 23rd Jan as well as looking to arrange a couple of friendly fixtures in between games.
James Gunn & Ashley Robinson are preparing for their debut’s at National Futsal league level.
James Gunn, 17, has impressed in a recent Futsal event at Scarborough 6th Form college. He also represents the Under 19 North of England side and plays for Pickering Town FC.
Ashley Robinson has been training for 3 weeks with the National league team. He played 1 game for All Stars in the East Coast Futsal league but has now got the taste back. His commitment, energy and finishing abilities will be welcome to the team and he deserves the opportunity to progress and show what he can do.
Both players are a boost to the team looking for the first points of the season. It’s great the club are attracting interest and new players every week.
The game kicks off 2.30pm at the Greenbank Sports Academy complex in Liverpool.
New club captain, Brewster Frizzell, is relishing his first ever season in the FA Futsal League.
The former Hull City star is making his way back into the game after a 8 month lay off but is finding his feet again. “I am really looking forward to the rest of the season and also our big game on Sunday against Liverpool.”
“Its a tough league but all the lads are working hard in training and we want to give 100% on Sunday to get a positive result. I am really enjoying the game and getting lots of the ball, I am enjoying it and am starting to find some form and added confidence in my game.”
Frizzell was given the armband after his commitment and views in training and is a well liked figure in the club. He also added, ” its been a tough start but the attitude shown by the lads is great, never giving in and taking lots on board in our first season in the league. We are all determined to do well and show what we can do this year”.
East Coast Futsal Club handed in their application to the FA for Futsal National League entry this week.
The club. if elected will play in a play off with other new teams and even the possibility that this year the bottom team from the North, Grimsby will be involved too. This is scheduled the weekend of the 24th & 25th July 2010.
This is the second year that East Coast have applied losing out to Liverpool & Oldham in last years play offs. Both of those teams have held their own and to their credit had some very impressive results!
East Coast Futsal Club travel to Middlesbrough on June 13th to play 2 matches.
The first is a Senior game against a mix of trailists and reserve players and the second will be the first game ever for East Coast’s under 15 squad.
Following these games will be Middlesbrough v Liverpool Futsal in the National League.