Our futsal league 1 side travelled to the Birmingham international arena to compete in the league 1 national finals. There was 4 groups of 4 teams with the top 2 teams in each group qualifying for the quarter finals. Our group was made up of Preston North End, Bristol City, Stoke City and ourselves (Mansfield Town).
We started off our campaign against Preston North End with a 3-0 win with all 3 goals coming from Macauley Short, our lads put a lot of hard work into the game and got our rewards. We then came up against Bristol City who also won the first game 5-2 against Stoke City. Our players put in another great performance to tie the game 2-2 with both goals coming from Liam Beardsley meaning we had to get a result against Stoke city to make sure we qualified.
Stoke also needing to win made for a very tough encounter but we was always confident in our ability that we could win and the players didn’t let themselves down beating Stoke City 4-2 with Liam Beardsley scoring 1 and Jordan Annable getting 3. Despite finishing the group stage with 7 points we ended up finishing second on goal difference behind Bristol City meaning we played group A winners Norwich City who also was unbeaten in there group.
Our lads gave it everything against a very good Norwich City side and started on top but Norwich then took the lead against the run of play which then eventually saw Norwich City coming out 4-1 winners with our goal coming from Liam Beardsley. Our players can be very proud of there efforts and are a credit to the football club and football in the community.