The latest from the Futsal programme by Ethan Stokes.
Over the past week, the scholars on our scholarship were rewarded with an exclusive end of season event at the ABAX Stadium. They played and 11-a-side fixture, which saw the 1st years take on the soon departing 2nd years. This was a spectacle to watch, as the second years came from behind to win 5-2, with star of the match Nassunculo scoring four. Ltaief scored the only goal of the 1st half as the 1st years took a solid lead through a great team goal. However the 2nd years turned on the style in the second half and eventually won the game 5-2.
In other news, the A team have qualified for their respective Nationals finals in June. After a strong season, they successfully qualified with a winning result last week. Also, wins for the C and D side this week will also secure them a place in their respective Nationals Finals. All four teams have had a really strong season this year, and with such a good run of form at present, they are fully capable of challenging to win the Nationals finals.
Our Futsal development centres have now hit week five, half way in the first block of the centres. Coaches Callum Avent and Louis Bland have commented on the superb standards set by the boys involved. As the weeks progress, the coaches now feel they can really get further in depth and give the boys a better understanding of how to play the game.
In the final game of the men’s second season in the Northants Futsal Premier League, the Posh got back to winning ways as they beat Kettering 4-1. Posh took the lead before half time after a superb Jack Collison goal, his first for the club on only his second appearance. Pereira added another two before Santos scored late to seal the victory as Posh scored three inside the final minutes. They finished 3rd this season, and are further looking to train hard and Improve for the upcoming season.
The men’s also featured this weekend in a tournament based at Grantham called the Sir Isaac Newton Tournament and saw many teams across the country travel to participate in this, teams from Newcastle and Manchester attended this high publicised tournament. The side went to the tournament with a 13 man squad and was ready for a hard day ahead with six fixtures of 20 minutes to take place and if they were to see qualifications into the semi-final and final it would be a lot of futsal in one day so a large squad was needed.
Posh qualified top of the group with five wins and one loss, which meant qualification and a game against the Newcastle Pumas. Posh recorded an impressive 4-1 win. In the final Posh faced Grantham United Futsal Club which was going to be a tough fixture after a hard earned battle from both teams see these teams into the final, Posh cruised to victory in the final with again another fantastic 5-2 win, which meant Posh lifted the Sir Isaac Newton Tournament trophy.