By Club Reporter George Pacitto
A productive season comes to a close for Carlisle Futsal Club this weekend against FA National Futsal League North Division 2 champions FS Derby Willows, the belief is that the Sands Centre crowd will witness a close encounter on Sunday.
An inconsistent start to the season has left Carlisle safely sitting in third place in the table, to which they can thank their unbeaten home record and rue missed chances away from home, suffering three defeats. In the somewhat unlikely event that Carlisle beat Derby by 38 goals or more, they will finish the season in second spot.
Fitness coach Neil Walker believes the squad are now fully focused on converting their performances into points.
“We’ve picked up a gear in the last couple of fixtures and I think the results show that. Converting training performances to match days is crucial and we know teams wont like the travel up to here. There will be an atmosphere at the Sands unlike anything you see at any level of the National League.”
The upturn in Carlisles form has coincided with the recent squad improvements where 7 of the counties top footballers were signed on and captain Jon Reay believes that these “accomplished footballers will take no time at all adapting to Futsal and next season we can really kick on and make the kind of impression on the National League that the size of this Club deserves.”
“We can be relatively satisfied with our first season in the national league”, continued Reay, “but at the same time, frustrated that we haven’t been involved at the very top along with Derby. Congratulations to them they’ve had a great season.”
Having started the season with a 7-3 defeat away at Derby back in September, Walker knows Sunday will be a good barometer of just how far Carlisle have come.
“I think our inexperience showed in our first game, being at St. George’s Park, the home of football playing against experienced opposition we were beaten by our own naivety on the day.”
Walker stressed when asked for plans for next season. “You need a big squad 25-30 players because non professional teams are faced with a whole host of issues when it comes to getting a squad together regularly. At times this season we’ve really been stretched which is why we have brought in the 7 new lads and the aim is to keep this squad together training regular through the summer and we will without doubt improve on this season.”
With Carlisle boasting the best home defence this season, and Derby by far the highest scorers on their travels in the league, it is fair to say that the Sands Centre will be witness to unstoppable force versus immovable object on Sunday.
Tickets are available for what promises to be an exciting contest on Sunday via the Sands Centre reception or you can purchase online by clicking here. Tickets are priced at only £4 each with the event starting from 6pm.