East coast Futsal Club played National league side Leeds in 2 friendly games on Sunday, in Leeds at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre.
We took a squad of 9 including James Webb from Scarborough Athletic, Luke Foster from Scarborough Town Academy and from colleges Stuart Wallace & Ryan Hunter from Scarborough 6th Form & Joe Sunter from Yorkshire Coast College.
Leeds Futsal has employed a new coach and ex Brazilian Futsal professional player Junior Roberti, and he has bought in some new talent to the Leeds team and has big plans for the club. He wants them to be challenging for the playoffs this time around.
In our first match we lost 4-1. We were 2 nil down after 5 minutes but then hit back through a good low left foot shot from 15 yr old Kieran Link. It was a tight first half and much of the same second half but as we pushed forward for the equaliser we got hit on the break twice to eventually lose 4-1. Luke Foster made some good runs and had a couple of close efforts, which was very positive on his debut.
Our second game was also very close. James Webb got injured first half so he went in goal second game and made some very good saves in the first half to keep it tight. This time we hit them on the break, James saving a shot and quickly throwing it to myself across the halfway and I went on to volley into the corner to give us the lead with 5 minutes left of the first half.
Considering we are still learning the game we defended really well against second half pressure and could have added to the lead Luke Foster and Stuart Wallace forcing saves from the Leeds keeper. But with 5 minutes to go a neat Leeds move saw James make another save only for the ball to be adjudged over the line. This meant a frantic last 5 with both teams going for the win, however it finished all square.
I was very pleased with our defending and team play which has improved so much in 10 months. We were playing a National league side with 3 years experience at that level and held our own which is great news for later this year when we can get another crack at qualifying for the National League.
It is also encouraging to have players from both Scarborough football teams interested & playing as well as 2 main colleges in town. Luke Foster is also the first player to come thorough our youth sessions with 4Youth in town which is great news for the future!