By James Fletcher
As we went into round 5 of the new Futsal season it was Sheffield who were sat at the top with 12 points and a healthy plus 25 goal difference, yet to lose a game with the Manchester result overturned by the league for breaking the rule on the inclusion of suspended players which kept Sheffield’s unbeaten run to 4 games. York Vikings not far behind the league leaders currently sat second as they travelled to East Riding. Jogabola and East riding making up the rest of the promotion places. Chester Falcons started the weekend bottom of the table with no fixture this weekend following their 7-7 draw with fellow strugglers Poulton Victoria who host Leeds Super Eagles.
This weekend saw plenty of goals, with quality on show for all sides who participated this Halloween Sunday. All 5 fixtures this weekend saw a winner and a loser, so let’s start at the top of the table as Sheffield as this week saw them travel to Chorley to play Jogabola and must’ve felt quietly confident going into this fixture. But the same could be said for Jogabola who’s played two games less than Sheffield this season, and they too have never seen defeat this season going into this fixture 3rd in the table. A win today could see them climb up to 2nd. But they would have a challenge on their hands as Sheffield have been playing well so far this season and with aspirations of climbing up the leagues this would be a tough test for Jogabola Futsal club to overcome.
The first half saw majority of the goals with the constant back and forth from both sides the first half saw Jogabola go into the break 7-5 ahead. But this didn’t mean Jogabola would cruise through to victory as Sheffield have already come back from losing positions twice this season going onto win the game. Jogabola set their backline up for the second period to avoid defeat as a further 2 goals from the home side and a further 3 from Sheffield was enough to send Sheffield to their first official defeat of the season and kept their own unbeaten record alive. Jogabola are now the only team who’ve yet to taste defeat this season from their 3 games and this win against the league leaders saw them climb up to 2nd, just 3 points behind Sheffield. We spoke to the Sheffield head coach after the game and questioned him on how he felt about the result and performance of his team;
“Very disappointed with the result obviously, but we always knew it was going to be a struggle. We’ve had a few struggling with illness this week including myself and we had a few big players out. So, it was always going to be a test. Having said that in the second half I thought we played outstanding Futsal. In terms of performance, I am happy with what I saw. We were dominant against a good side and I’m still struggling to comprehend how we didn’t get a result from this game. Their goalkeeper was undoubtably man of the match for me.” (Jordan Wildey, Head Coach of Sheffield, 31/10/2021)
York Vikings who were also playing away this weekend travelled to Hull to play East Riding in this all-out promotion place fixture. York Vikings sat second before kick off and had the opportunity to go top of the league with results going their favour. But it was not to be for the York Vikings as they fell to their second defeat of the season losing 6-3 to East Riding in this tightly contested game. The rest of the days results saw Manchester climb within touching distance of the promotion places with a home victory against Eagle Team UK in a rousing 16-7 as Eagle given the go ahead to play following his dispute with the leagues rules. Poulton Victoria drop to the bottom of the table on goal difference after losing 6-16 to the Leeds Super Eagles who bag their second victory of the season as they look to start climbing the table after a rocky start to their Futsal campaign currently sat 7th with a minus 4 goal difference but level on points with Manchester who are just 3 points out of the promotion places.
Finally, Warrington fall to their 4th defeat of the season losing 8-11 to Sunderland Foundation of Light. Warrington move down the table and currently sat 9th just 2 points off the bottom chasers as Chester Falcons move up a place without playing a game this weekend on goal difference. This is how the table looks after this weekends results.
Sheffield still remains top of the league with results going their way this weekend. Jogabola are now within ear shot of taking top spot, having 2 games in hand over Sheffield and only 3 points between them and 4th. Here are the fixtures to keep an eye out for next weekend commencing the 7th of November 2021. As Bottom of the League play host to current league leaders Sheffield as top meets bottom as it were, Jogabola playing host to Chester Falcons as they look to overtake Sheffield. But with both bottom sides struggling to win its very unlikely the table will change at the top and might come down to who cans score the most goals in their respective games. Finally, Manchester play host to Warrington as they look to climb into the promotion places next weekend following a great win. This season has been excellent so far full of drama and goals and we’re not even halfway through.