By James Fletcher
Jogabola suffers their first defeat, Sheffield dominates Warrington and York Vikings move up to 5th level on points with the playoff the pack.
This weekend saw 3 games being played. Jogabola went into this weekend the only team in the league yet to lose a game. Many teams who’ve failed to take points off Jogabola even beat league leaders Sheffield.
Up steps East Riding to be their first defeat of the season in a closely fought contest beating Jogabola on their home patch 8 – 4. Not the highest-scoring game of the weekend there was only one double-digit victory this weekend. I caught up with the East Riding manager after their victory and asked him how he thought his team performed, this is what he had to say:
“This result was no surprise to us. We worked hard in training all week and stuck to the game plan. We conceded 2 or 3 sloppy goals from our point of view, giving the ball away in silly areas. But apart from that, I think we controlled the ball and tempo of the game. Once we decided to press in the second half, they couldn’t keep up with us.” Explained Dave Lawtey.
If this wasn’t a surprise to him or his team it certainly was the surprise of the weekend in most fans’ eyes. As of now, we see Jogabola who remains second after being awarded the win over the York Vikings.
But with this win over the only remaining unbeaten side in the league sees East Riding firmly remain in the playoffs, currently 3rd in the league, while gaining a 3-point advantage over Sunderland Foundation of light who sit in the remaining playoff spot.
We also asked Lawtey about his chances of a playoff finish this season he had this to say on the subject:
“We feel that we can now push on and be in contention for the top 4 by the end of the season!”
The other result was that weekend, saw the York Vikings beating Eagle Team UK 8 – 5 to take their win tally of the season up to 4 out of 7 games played. And they currently sit 5th just outside the playoffs on goal difference. We asked the York Viking manager Junior Roberti how he felt his side performed at the weekend and he said this:
“We played well, managing to define the pace of the game. We also had the opportunity to give some of our younger academy players a runaround, which is very important for the club’s philosophy.”
He also went on to talk about their chances of promotion this season…
“We don’t want to give the wrong impression to the general supporters of the club, we are just taking it game by game.” Junior Roberti explained.
But you can’t help thinking that they could be another twist to the tale of this season. I can see the top four changing once again to make for an exciting climax to the season.
The final game of the weekend saw table topper Sheffield hammer Warrington 16 – 6 to keep them firmly on top of the table 3 points ahead of the chasing two teams in Jogabola and East Riding as the games go on, we can start to see the table taking shape and which teams will be in and around them playoff spots.
So, roll on to another exciting weekend of futsal from the LNFS Northern League!!