Match 1: Brentford FC Futsal 2 Southampton ‘B’ 5
Match 2: Brentford FC Futsal 3 Southend United 4
Brentford FC’s Futsal team were required to play another double-header at The Guildford Spectrum last Wednesday, 7 February, in The EFLT Futsal South East Championship. The squad only had five players available for the five-a-side format league and this was going to require an immense effort from the Futsal Bees against Southampton ‘B’ and Southend United.
In game one, the Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College based students played a diamond defence to preserve energy and to try and catch the opposition out on the counter-attack. For the first ten minutes this worked well but the Southampton scholars went into the lead when a low driven shot took a deflection and went in. Brentford were back on level terms when some sharp interplay around the six-metre area saw Yaya Abdurahman finish from three metres out.
Both teams were creating chances but the south coast team retook the lead resulting from a corner which was smashed in from 12 metres out near the touchline. After the interval, Brentford could not convert their chances with Southampton scoring two more to make it 4-1. The Bees rallied with Mohamad Shakir scoring an easy tap in and despite their best efforts conceded a fifth as time ran out.
Game two against Southend was a seven-goal thriller. With only 20 minutes to recover, The Bees started well but again it was the opposition who took the lead. Shakir put Brentford back on level terms after eight minutes but The Bees then went behind again. Straight after the half time break, the West Londoners equalised via Abdurahman and then got themselves in front when Mustafa Nishat finished off a sweeping seven pass counter-attack from three metres out.
Leading 3-2 with six minutes to go, the fatigue really started to kick in for Brentford’s tiring players. Southend equalised with two minutes to go and then agonisingly in the last minute, The Shrimpers' pivo, turned and unleashed a shot which beat the keeper to leave The Bees pointless.
Afterwards, Bees Head Coach Luis Melville said: "To go into a double-header with only five players is a very difficult proposition, but I can only admire the players today with how they coped with the physical work load. They may be disappointed with the results, particularly against Southend but they should not be disappointed in their performances. As a group, we learned a lot today about our resilience."
Next up for the Futsal Bees is the return game against Southend United on Wednesday 28 February. Follow the Futsal Bees on Twitter: @BFCFutsalClub