After an exceptionally busy week in which our Futsal Team have already won the U19 National Cup Championship they have continued their run of victories by reaching the FA Cup quarter finals after a trip to Sussex. Former student Tom McGrath, now studying Sports Media at Derby university writes:
Grimsby Town Futsal are into the Quarter Finals of the FA Futsal Cup!
Grimsby Town Futsal club caused a huge last 16 FA Futsal Cup upset as they ran out 6-3 winners against newly crowned SuperLeague Division 1 South Champions Sussex Futsal club away from home. The competition directly mirrors the FA Cup in the closely related sport of football.
Grimsby knew they were up against it as Sussex Futsal Club have only lost twice all season and have earned promotion this year to UK Futsal’s highest league (National Super League). This on top of the 460 mile round trip to the South Coast meant not many Futsal pundits fancied the Mariners’ chances.
The Mariners got off to the worst possible start however, after the home side took early lead, despite Grimsby beginning brightly and adopting a high press from the offset.
Grimsby’s manager Mark Westerby made a number of quick fire changes and the fresh legs continued their press, resulting in joy with an equaliser from captain Jack Burrows.
The goal breathed new life into The Mariners, as they began to move the ball confidently. Substitute James Blunden put the away side in the lead, as he tapped home from a Dan Marshall cross.
Grimsby’s third goal came and in some style too. A move which oozed class began with Jack Boswell, who found Alfie Usher, then he picked out Mitch Taylor in space, and Taylor found Boswell who carried on his run before firing home to make it three.
Despite Grimsby’s two goal cushion and dominance, the foul count was against them, and they conceded a penalty and reached the six-foul mark. Just like in the previous round, Alex Lait stood strong in the Grimsby goal, and saved the Sussex penalty, with 10 minutes of the first half still to play.
Despite this miss, Sussex finished the first half strongly, seeing shots miss the target, but The Mariners defended resiliently to keep their noses 3-1 ahead.
Grimsby began the second half by continuing to adopt a high press, and Burrows again got his name on the scoresheet after he robbed the Sussex defender before playing a neat one two with Dan Marshall, who presented the skipper with the easy task of rolling into an empty net for his second of the game.
Grimsby fifth came after a classy weaving run from Jan Meiwald, waltzing past two Sussex defenders before finding the unmarked Dan Marshall, who fired low, and extended the deficit to four.
Tempers threatened to boil over midway through the second half, as Sussex’s frustration got the better of them, which resulted in heated confrontations involving a number of players, with the referee stepping in and brandishing a number of yellow cards to both sides.
As a result of the handbags, Just like the first half, Grimsby reached the sixth foul mark, and Sussex’s Goalkeeper stepped up and fired past Alex Lait, making the score 5-2.
Grimsby’s sixth was a carbon copy of their fifth. Jan Meiwald again instrumental in the build-up, before he teed up Marshall who scored yet again from close range.
Sussex’ found a consolation, which came from the penalty spot for the second time after Grimsby committed another foul. The Sussex goalkeeper stepped up and tucked his penalty away neatly.
Grimsby almost claimed a seventh, this time from the penalty spot themselves. Dan Marshall stepped up for his hat trick, but was denied by a good save from Sussex’s goalkeeper.
However, this penalty miss would not deny the Mariners from victory, as they continue their remarkable FA Cup journey, and progress to the quarter final.
Speaking to coach Mark Westerby after the game he noted “not many people fancied our chances today, however we knew we had it in the tank to beat these and in all honesty it should have been more [goals]. I think preparation was key, we travelled down Saturday [the day before], ate well and was relaxed in the morning. It’s been dubbed an upset but in all honestly if we had of lost I would have been gutted having seen what they were about. It’s obviously very pleasing to reach the last 8 in the whole country in the men’s senior section when our main focus is on the under 19s EFL program. It just shows what talent is coming out of Grimsby in futsal”.
The Grimsby Town FC Futsal team will face either Durham Futsal I team or London Futsal Elite away in the quarter finals of the FA Cup (date TBC).
A huge well done!