Manchester Futsal Development return to Division Two North action this afternoon (Sunday 9th December) as they host Newcastle Futsal Development at Belle Vue Sports Village.
Manchester come into this game high in confidence having booked their place in the FA Cup 1st round draw last time out after a convincing win against Bolton Futsal Development.
There was more delight for Russell’s young side as they were then given bye into the 2nd round of the FA Cup!
Development Head Coach Russell Fryer spoke to manchesterfutsal.com ahead of the fixture.
Last week’s win against Bolton saw the top two sides in Division Two North go head to head, albeit in a separate competition. Russell spoke of how important a win was for his team.
Russell stated, “The win was obviously against one of our closest rivals and challengers and so the boys were buzzing as you can imagine. It was a tough contest between two young sides and it was important for us to compete against them and we did. We are actually into the second round, courtesy of a bye in the first round, so even better.”
Manchester Development are on a fine run of form and squad morale is high. However, as always Russell is keen to keep his players feet firmly on the ground.
“The group are high on confidence of course and quite rightly, but we need to keep their focus on the next game against Newcastle, because that could be where we come unstuck. As long as we keep applying the learning to the game then we will be fine, win, lose or draw.”
Winning streaks, and even winless runs, are vital in the development of sportsman and their progression into the senior side of the game and Russell knows this better than anyone, “They are importance for confidence and they allow us to practice what we have worked on, but we always explain to them that we don’t want them thinking about just winning, but doing the right things.”
He continued, “Wins will follow and some games we will lose and often those are the ones that test our characters and ability to bounce back the most.”
Todays opponents have played just the two league games this season, but as always Russell will be taking this with a pinch of salt. “I wouldn’t have thought so knowing Mark (their chairman). He will have ensured that won’t happen by arranging friendlies and keeping training intense. I believe these could be our biggest challengers, along with Bolton and they beat us pre-season so will take nothing for granted.”
And finally, Russell provided us with a squad update ahead of the final game before the Christmas break. “Both Raphe and Harry have been called up to the senior team again and Rylan and Spencer are both injured, so we play with only 10 in the squad, but this sometimes helps us, with the squad gaining strength from the fact they play more game time. We shall see!”
Manchester Development take on Newcastle Development at Belle Vue Sports Village (14:30 kick off) ticket information and prices are pictured below.