Blackpool FC Community Trust’s BTEC in Sport students travelled to Birmingham PlayFootball Arena to take part in the second round of the annual EFL Trust Futsal Cup. They had qualified as group winners in the previous round hoping to do the same again in round two. They were drawn in Group A alongside Scunthorpe United, Cambridge United and Huddersfield Town. All 3 of the above play in the EFL Trust Futsal National League.
Blackpool’s first game was against Scunthorpe United. They narrowly lost the game 3-1, with not much between the teams. Blackpool had started the tournament in nervy fashion and struggled to take their chances as Scunthorpe punished the Seasiders at the other end. Our goal was scored by Lewis Hogg.
Blackpool’s second game saw them take on Cambridge United who had beaten Huddersfield Town in their opening fixture. Blackpool spent long periods out of possession looking to to capitalise on the break. They had numerous opportunities through Luke Harris, Jack Smith and Luke Davison, but could not finish past the Cambridge goalkeeper. Time was running out for the Seasiders as they knew they needed at least a point going into their last game. Blackpool were hit on the break as they pushed for a goal, after a mistake at the back giving Cambridge a 1-0 lead which was not overturned.
Blackpool’s last game was against bottom of the group Huddersfield Town who had also lost both their 2 opening games. A sloppy start from the Seasiders saw them go two goals down. Blackpool then fought back scoring three goals to take the lead with two minutes remaining. Goals from Jack Brookes, the equaliser through Luke Harris and then good play from Adam Cardwell saw him fire from close range. Huddersfield equalised the game with seconds to spare as they broke quickly to finish from close range. Final score 3-3.
A good effort from our BTEC students who represented the Community Trust very well.
Football Development Officer Alex Taylor said, “Despite coming up against some good national league teams the students will be disappointed they haven’t progressed into the finals. Hopefully they can learn from this fantastic experience and return again next year.”
Don’t forget Blackpool FC Community Trust run a free Futsal development session for 15 and 16 year olds at Stanley Park (Blackpool Sports Centre) on a Thursday evening 5.30-6.30pm. For those that are interested in the session contact 01253 348691 for more information.