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Match Preview: Durham Futsal Development vs Manchester Futsal Club Development

by Lewis Wiseman

The Division Two North season wraps up this weekend, and Manchester Futsal Club Development travel to Durham Futsal Development in what could prove an exciting match with regards to the league table.

The fixture is third plays fourth, and the winner of this will most likely finish in the much wanted third position.

Development team coach Russell Fryer says the game is important as a loss could see Durham overtake his side.

“A tough game lies ahead for our young team. Last time we played they were a good few years older than us and they outfought us at home. They kept catching is out by penetrating the middle and bouncing out again, so we have looked at that.”

He went onto say that the team welcomes back Zak Austin from his first team duties, which will provide a boost.

As it is the last game of the season, Fryer said that this season has been all about the youth development, and as coach, he is proud of what the team has achieved.

“I’m pleased with what we have achieved this season with no fewer than 10 players getting an opportunity to be involved on match day with the senior squad, with 5 of those remaining with the senior squad for the season and playing integral roles.”

“This is the purpose of the development team and this seems to be working nicely. It has affected the Development team’s position in their own league, dropping to third place after a solid start. But myself and the other coaches have always maintained that development is paramount and results are a bonus,” Fryer said.

The outlook of the development team’s coaches has stayed true all season and looking for next season Fryer says the mentality will stay the same.

Tomorrows match kicks off at 12:45pm at Durham University - Graham Sport Centre, Manchester are hoping to end the season with a succesfull away trip.

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