On Saturday 19 February 2022, Bootham Ladies’ Futsal Club – York travelled to Warrington for their second match in the FA Futsal Women’s Super Series North 2 against Sunderland University Futsal Club Women. Bootham had Evie making her debut in goal after Lauryn had been sidelined for the season with a serious ankle injury.
Bootham started well and the game was even for the first quarter. Sunderland finally broke Bootham’s resolve after 10 minutes and went on to dominate the game from there. Highlight for Bootham was a first ever goal for Suzy, with a great assist from Denva, and a second half individual goal for Denva. Both goals received the biggest cheers on the day from the loyal travelling Bootham support! Sunderland, dominate the second half and ran out comfortable 21-2 winners.
In conversation Coach Chris said after the game, ‘We are realising very quickly that any mistakes are punished in futsal. We got caught far too often on the transition with Sunderland moving the ball very quickly. That said we did have some good possession and should have scored more goals. We need to concentrate on keeping possession and not trying to force our forward play. In the games we have played so far, the opposition have been very patient with the ball and picked the right moment to try and score.’
We spoke to Bootham’s first ever league goalscorer Suzy after the game, she said, ‘We always knew this league was going to be hard. The teams we are playing have years of experience playing futsal and we have only a few weeks. That said, we are not going to give up and each game we learn something new. We really did hold our own at the start, and for the first 10 or so minutes the game was very even. We need to stop conceding goals in groups, after we concede we need to be very compact and make sure we keep the opposition out for as long as possible.’
We asked her about her goal, and she replied, ‘It’s amazing to score the first ever Bootham goal in the league. I always wanted to score but really didn’t think I would be the first! Huge thank you to Denva for the assist. I know we celebrated like we had won the game, but it is a huge stepping stone for us to score. I’m really pleased for Denva also for getting her goal in the second half, she worked so hard today and deserved it.’
If you interested in playing futsal, especially if you are a goalkeeper, aged 16 and over, no futsal experience necessary, please contact Head Coach Chris Collins on 07720 441953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org