Fixture: BUCS Championships
Date: 14 & 15 March 2012
Result: See individual match results below
Venue: EIS, Sheffield
University of Bath 8 – 3 University of Essex
University of Bath Futsal 1sts started the 2012 BUCS Futsal Championships up against the unknown Essex.
The first half was typically scrappy and a little bit nervy, understandably for an opening championship match. Bath captain Dave Jennings and talisman Sam Dorin scored fairly early on for Bath to settle the team but Essex kept pegging them back till the break.
At half time it was only 3-2 to Bath. In the second half Bath came out in much better fashion moving the ball with purpose and controlling the game better.
Dorin helped himself to another four goals and Jennings completed his hat-trick which meant Bath finished the game winning it 8-3.
University of Bath 5 – 1 Sheffield Hallam University
In game two Bath met Sheffield Hallam who they beat at the quarter final stage last year.
The first half was very tight with Hallam playing deep looking to suck Bath in and then playing in behind. Bath couldn’t quite pick the Hallam play so changed tactics mid-way through the first half and dropped off.
As Hallam began moving the ball higher up the court their play became loose and Bath began creating chances. Although 0-0 at half time in the second half Bath continued where they left off and began dominating the ball and went 2-0 ahead with goals from Dorin and Jennings.
Then out of nowhere Ingram handled the ball and gave away a penalty. Hallam made it 2-1.
Ingram though responded straight away and scored within 10 seconds of the restart. He then scored two minutes later when Hallam began to push forward to make it 4-1. Curdin Ott also added one more to make it 5-1 at full time to Bath.
University of Bath 2 – 1 Loughborough University
In their final group game Bath had to beat their main rivals Loughborough to make it to the final.
Loughborough started well moving the ball around the mid court at a decent pace. Bath were happy to wait for their moments and as Loughborough played too quick Bath broke and created chances of their own.
It was that man Dorin who opened the scoring for Bath with a turn and shot on the angle following a Lima throw from the penalty box. Then Jennings kept his scoring performance by adding a second goal early in the second half finishing off a fine counter attacking move.
As the game wore on Loughborough had lots of possession but were kept at bay by a solid Bath defence. Loughborough did manage to score with four minutes left but it was too late as Bath held on for the win.
University of Bath 3 – 4 Teeside University
In the final Bath played Teeside who they lost to at the semi-final stage two years ago so the team were looking for some revenge. Nevertheless, it was Teeside who started the brighter and went 1-0 up after 2 minutes with a deflected goal down the left.
Two minutes later Bath equalised through Jennings, a deflected left foot shot crashing in off the post. The game then settled down and both teams had opportunities to score but didn’t take them.
Then just before half time Teeside went 2-1 up. At half time Bath regrouped and stepped up the pace of the game at the start of the second half equalising inside a minute through Dorin once again, his eighth of the competition.
Bath now were on top. Unfortunately, a slip in concentration let Teeside back in and they went 3-2 up on the break.
Quite quickly after they made it 4-2 up with another break-away goal. Bath now pressed the Teeside players and were winning back the ball high up the court.
Yilmaz then gave Bath a lifeline winning the ball high up the court and scoring passed the on rushing Teeside goal keeper.
Bath had three minutes to take the game to extra time. Lima came out of goal and power played in an attempt to get the equaliser. Two half chances went Bath’s way but neither were converted and Teeside held on to win 4-3.
Bath miss out once again on being Champions but the determination and the drive the players showed over the two days was a credit to watch. They are a talented team who have made it to the final or semi-final every year for the last four years and their time will come soon.
University of Bath: Lima (GK), Jennings (c), Ingram, Dorin (MOM), Yilmaz, Ott, Gardiner, Bryan, Kiyamov, Gavaghan, Bourdin, Davies (GK)