Grimsby Town futsal are looking to make history when they face Durham futsal club in the FA Futsal cup this Sunday, writes Tom McGrath.
The Mariners are appearing in the first round for the first time in their history and will be hoping for a positive result to kick start a cup run. Grimsby’s squad is made up of scholars, current and past who completed the futsal scholarship run by the club. Grimsby Manager Mark Westerby spoke in the build up about his squad, believes his side can get the job done on the day. “Preparation has been good. The new team have been in and trained together. We’ve put together a plan for Sunday and hopefully we’ll see a good performance”.
Grimsby head into this fixture with an 100% record in the FA cup thus far, after winning all three group matches in the preliminary qualification round. The Mariners defeated UK Futsal Academy, Fleetwood Town and Oldham, scoring 17 and conceding 3 in the process.
Former scholar Mitch Taylor is making his return to the futsal court for The Mariners and is relishing the prospect of appearing in an FA Cup tie, along with some familiar faces. “On a personal level its been good to be back involved playing futsal again, with not only new but past team mates too. We’ve had a fair few training sessions in preparation for Sunday, making sure we are organised from set pieces etc. Key things like that can be the difference between winning or losing in futsal.
Even though the squad is of mixed age, and futsal experience I feel we have gelled really well and have improved from the previous round by putting the work in in training, as well as staying professional.”
To see The Mariners embark on their latest challenge, head to Grimsby Institute sports hall this Sunday, kick off is 2pm. Tickets can be purchased on the door, with all funds raised from the event donated to The Bryant family, Jessica’s rainbow foundation.