Sheffield outmuscle York Vikings. Starting 2022 with a victory, establishing themselves as viable contenders for the end-of-season playoffs.
Sheffield Futsal Club ran out comfortable 8-3 winners. Sheffield took the lead from a well-worked corner which was slotted in the middle of the box for an unmarked Adam Hollingsworth to smash home from close range as no York player picked up his run into the box.
The second from Sergiu Didici with more or less a carbon copy of the first goal, again a corner and another delicious ball to the edge of the box, and Didici made no mistake with his effort. Rhys Butterworth with what could only be described as a possible contender for goal of the season, picking up the ball on halfway line before smashing the ball through a crowd of players to make it 3 nil.
York did grab one back before the halftime buzzer with a long throw up the court finding an unmarked Patrick Carverhal to head past an on-rushing Joe Smedley in the Sheffield goal. But this didn’t fluster the Sheffielder’s, coming out into the second period as they finished the first period, and it didn’t take long for Sheffield to extend their lead. A nice cross-field pass From Mark Chisholm to the back post finds Danny Neath who couldn’t miss from close range.
York clawed back another to half the deficit through a cleverly worked freekick, which saw Jed Devine score with a lovely finish into the bottom corner. But again, Sheffield learnt from this and went on to bag a further 2 goals before York gave their final reply.
After this Sheffield showed their dominance, flexing their skills as York had no choice but to push forward. Leaving themselves wide open at the back and this was evident when Sheffield extended their lead bagging 3 goals before Didici capped off his hattrick with a sublime freekick from range, which rocketed into the top corner. As Sheffield finished off the day with 8.
Wildey spoke highly of the performance saying:
“They’re a very good young side. It was nice going into this game with a full squad, we made a couple of signings this week, who were just class today. Decent result!”
Sheffield has another week off but what a way to start the new year especially after how they ended it with that defeat to York in the reverse fixture. Next up, Sheffield travel to Derby for a friendly match against Derby Futsal Club on Sunday 16th January.
Sheffield: Smedley, Thiedeman, Chisholm, Andrade, Gunter, Butterworth, Brown, Neath, Didici, Hollingsworth, Popescu, Webster