Date: 12 March 2016
Venue: @Futsal Birmingham
London Metro Futsal Club went to the last league tournament of the season with mainly pride to play for with both teams secure in their positions in the league. Injury and illness in the ‘A’ team led to first ‘A’ team tournaments this season for Jay Start and Matt Dean and gave a chance for some ‘B’ team players to come in, with Neal Byrne making his London Metro debut and Mark Bond playing only his second tournament of the season.
It was a difficult day for both teams with a minutes’ silence before the tournament for London Metro member Chris East, who tragically died aged 19. Chris came up through the junior team. He was present at a lot of training sessions and had played a couple of tournaments for the London ‘B’ team. The PSFL have offered to rename the end of season Open Cup Tournament for 2016 in his memory, which is a gesture which the club appreciates.
The ‘A’ team started the day well against North West Scorpions, going 2-0 up early in the second half. However, a strong comeback and tired legs showed as Scorpions went 3-2 up with almost the last kick of the game. Next game was against a Lisburn team at the bottom of the table and needing to win all of their games to stay in the division however London ‘A’ enjoyed a comfortable 4-2 victory. In the last two games against Loughborough and Birmingham, London ‘A’ competed well but switched off at bad times and lost both games, 1-2 and 5-7 respectively. This gave the team second place in the league, four points ahead of Scorpions but 20 points behind runaway winners Birmingham.
London Metro ‘B’ started the day knowing they would finish bottom of division 2. Despite a couple of good results, the team had been very inconsistent both with team members and results. They also knew that there would be no easy games on the last day, with only three points separating the other three teams so with each having a chance to win the title. However, the ‘B’ team never really got going, with a 5-2 loss again Winsford followed by a 7-2 loss against South West Rovers and a 7-3 loss in what was a dead rubber against RNC. South West Rovers won the league but with the ‘B’ team finishing bottom by 20 points, there is plenty to work on before the end of season Open Cup.
Both teams know they have a lot to work on, but with hard work and a good spirit in the April Cup hopes are high for a successful tournament.
PSFL League Tables – Tournament 6
LEAGUE TABLE – Division 1
BIRMINGHAM W -20, D-1, L-3 PTS-61
LONDON MFC A W-13, D-2, L-9, PTS-41
NW SCORPIONS W-12, D-1, L-11, PTS-37
LOUGHBOROUGH W-9, D-1, L-14, PTS-28
LISBURN ROVERS W-3, D-1, L-20, PTS-10
LEAGUE TABLE – Division 2
SOUTH WEST W-11, D-2, L-15, PTS-35
WINSFORD W-10, D-1, L-7, PTS-31
RNC SHREWS W10, D-0, L-8, PTS-30
LONDON MFC B W-3, D-1, L-14, PTS-10