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The University of Leeds Futsal team win the Northern 2A League and remain undefeated
The season got off to a great start in September with Varsity, as Leeds ended Beckett’s back-to-back dominance in the fixture with a historic 8-5 victory. The result also showed early signs of the group’s potential heading into the league campaign.
Building on Varsity success, Leeds hit the ground running in the league in October. Sizeable victories over Manchester Metropolitan and Edge Hill, 7-0 and 11-3 respectively, owed much to the team’s training and preparation.
Throughout the season, Leeds would often come up against a diamond formation, with a pivot at the top of the diamond; in order to counter this, the team would adopt a high press and alternate between a 2-2 and 4-0 formation, creating space through constant movement and rotation, forcing the opposition to rush their play and forfeit possession quickly. This game-plan bred success and Leeds would go on to defeat every team in the league.
The only blemish on the season came at the hands of Sunderland in the Conference Cup, as Sunderland beat Leeds 5-4 in a tightly-contested last 16
Back in the league, a 2-2 draw against Bangor in November was followed by a 17-4 thrashing of Chester Warrington, as Leeds maintained their table topping pace despite a disappointing cup exit.
One of the best performances of the season came in Manchester in early February, where Leeds beat a resolute Edge Hill side 7-0, who were one of the challengers for the league, managing to finish the season in second place.
The season culminated last Sunday at Leeds Beckett, where Leeds were crowned champions after their first game, a 7-1 defeat of Leeds Beckett, improving on the 8-5 victory earlier in the season.
Club President James Storey praised the squad after a fantastic season, “Overall, we are delighted to win the league, especially in the style that we have, with several dominant displays. It shows the hard and invaluable work the coach continues to put in every session. And on a personal level, it is great to progress the club and secure promotion for next year’s squad. Hopefully with support from the university we can use this as an opportunity to continue to build futsal at the University of Leeds”.
He also took the opportunity to thank the league officials, clubs and players involved, who “all demonstrated a great level of respect towards each other throughout the campaign”.
While the season is over, the club have a number of exciting things planned, including an Easter trip to Barcelona to soak up some rays and some futsal knowledge in one of Europe’s premier locations for the sport.
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