Blackpool FC Community Trust Futsal team took part in the annual EFL Trust First Round North Futsal tournament at York University this afternoon. They were drawn in Group C against Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday.
Blackpool took on Sheffield Wednesday in the first group game looking to get off to a positive start. The game was an intense and nervy start for both teams who struggled to keep good possession. It was the Seasiders who came out on top with two goals from Lewis Hogg and one from Richard Wilkinson to seal a 3-0 victory.
Blackpool’s next fixture was against Mansfield Town, who had picked up a point against Scunthorpe in their opening fixture. The Seasiders dominated the game with lots of chances and ran out comfortable winners to seal a 4-1 victory with two goals each from Jack Smith and Luke Davison.
Blackpool’s last game in the group was against Scunthorpe United. Scunthorpe were last last year’s National League 1 Champions in the EFL Trust programme and would be Blackpool’s toughest opponents in the group. Blackpool came from 2 goals behind to win the game 3-2 with goals from Adam Cardwell, Lewis Hogg and Richard Wilkinson.
Blackpool qualified as group winners with three wins from three and move onto the second round group stages in the new year. They will compete against national EFL Trust clubs in Birmingham.
The Trust’s Football Development Officer Alex Taylor said, “It’s a great start to the cup competition that Blackpool FC Community Trust have a good reputation in. The students produced some really entertaining Futsal as well as tactically understanding the game when we needed to.”
Calling all Year 11’s – Next steps?
If you’re leaving school this year and interested in studying with Blackpool FC Community Trust whilst playing Futsal? Contact 01253 348691. You can also attend our free Futsal trial sessions at Blackpool Sports Centre on Thursday evenings 5.30-6.30pm.