Fixture: FA National Futsal League (Midlands Division)
Date: Sunday 25 November 2012
Score: Birmingham Futsal Club 6 – 8 Team Bath
Venue: @Futsal Arena, Birmingham
Visitors snatch all three points in classic
Team Bath went into a tough top of the table clash against Birmingham Futsal Club knowing all the other top sides had won earlier in the day.
Birmingham started the match stronger having the lion share of possession with one or two balls flashing across the Bath box. Birmingham finally got a deserved lead when a near post shot went through a defender and found the back of the net.
Bath had not got going with passes going astray and the team struggling to find a rhythm. However, their first passing move saw them draw level as Bell lined a pass for Parkes who found Bryan at the back post to make it 1-1.
Team Bath again through Bryan made it 2-1 as he turned his defender and shot home passed the Birmingham goal keeper to go ahead. It didn’t last long though as Birmingham came back and scored a goal on the break to make it 2-2.
Nevertheless, it was Bath who were on top and for the next 10 minutes dominated the game going into half time 4-2 with goals from Parkes, and Horlock who had a tap in laid onto him by Ballinger.
Bath then carried on in the second half strongly with a Parkes shot come cross deflected in by a defender to make it 5-2.
It now seemed Bath were now pulling ahead but things quickly changed as Birmingham scored two quick goals to make it 5-4 with about eight minutes to go.
Bath looked stunned and Birmingham kept dribbling and driving at the heart of the Bath defence with Lee Jones in goal pulling off some great stops and Khurana making a superb last ditch tackle.
Birmingham though pressed on and managed to make it 5-5 and 6-5 in another crazy two minutes to turn the game on its head.
It appeared Bath were about to chuck this game away but they dug deep and regrouped and began to make chances of their own with Ballinger hitting the bar and Parkes hitting an effort that was tipped wide.
The team started to get several set pieces and as they have been working on them in training this proved telling as in the last five minutes two corners made the difference.
First, Parkes drilled a low ball into the Box for Kitson to break free from his marker and toe poke the ball home off a defender. Then a second successful corner saw Parkes combine with Ingram who back heeled the ball to a turning Kitson to score and make it 7-6. This killed off a previously resilient Birmingham who left space for the counter attack in the last minute and Bath obliged sealing an 8-6 well fought win as Ballinger squared for Horlock to score.
Bath will take away some valuable lessons from this game in defence and in possession and will have to be more adaptable to this style of Futsal when the two teams meet again next Sunday in the league. This is sure to be another entertaining game which kicks off at 3pm in the Founders Hall, University of Bath.
Team: Jones (GK), Ingram (C), Kitson, Parkes, Ballinger; Dix (GK), Bell, Khurana, Horlock, Bryan.