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Edition Four

Women’s Futsal League

Last Thursday evening I was lucky enough to observe the Women’s Futsal League at Kettering Arena.

As I arrived at the sports hall, I saw a room full of smiles and excellent camaraderie between the teams. I was then introduced by Sophie Mullet, who was full of joy for the whole evening.

For those who haven’t read my School Games blog and are therefore unsure what futsal is, it’s a five-a-side indoor format which uses a slightly smaller ball, pitch and goals to encourage an action-packed, high tempo game.

I watched three games - all very entertaining, with plenty of silky skills, solid goalkeeping and no-look passing on show.

Futsal

I also helped out with the scorekeeping whilst asking Sophie some questions so that I could learn more about futsal itself. I’d also like to mention the futsal referees, who were really kind in helping me to understand more about the format.

The first fixture was between Corby Town FC and a really strong Northants FC side. It was goals galore at the start, with Northants FC scoring a few early goals to stay comfortably ahead. 

Corby found it hard to get back into the game in the first half, so the manager implemented different tactics in the second period which gave them a little bit of joy. However, the physical Northants FC side were just too strong and killed the game off.

The second match was a highly-competitive fixture between Corby Steelers and Kettering Town Firsts – a game that was action packed with brilliant passing play.

Corby started off strong and demonstrated some fantastic one-touch futsal. Their flicks and nutmegs caused Kettering problems and they surged into a comfortable lead, thanks in part to an audacious first-time backheel finish.

In similar fashion to the first match, Kettering also changed their tactics and managed to pull two goals back; however Corby regained their composure with a well-taken goal to kill off any hopes of a Kettering win.

The final game was between Kettering Town’s 2nd team and a magnificent Kettering FC side - and you could certainly see the difference between the two teams.

Kettering FC looked like favourites, with their killer instinct of taking chances and not losing the ball cheaply when in possession. Kettering Town’s ‘keeper was often called into action, but she made some eye-catching saves and showed formidable reflexes. It wasn’t enough however, as Kettering FC definitely had their shooting boots on.

To end this edition of my blog I’d like to say a huge thank you to Sophie, who was full of humour, smiles and knowledge. The referees were also very kind and helpful.

Finally, to the players, I’d like to say thank you for showing your skilful futsal abilities and sharing your warm personalities. I thoroughly enjoyed watching you play.

If you’re interested in trying this exhilarating sport or want further information about the women’s or men’s futsal league, please contact Stuart Smith on 01604 678409 or stuart.smith@northantsfa.com

By Cameron Marshall