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Skipper Ward stars as Bloomsbury Futsal Mens 1st Team secure big win in FA National Futsal Series

31st Oct 2022

FA National Futsal Series 2022/23 Match Report: Bloomsbury Futsal Mens 1st Team 4-1 Loughborough Students Futsal Club First

Bloomsbury Futsal Mens Team secured their second consecutive win of the FA National Futsal Series 2022/23, with a stunning 4-1 win over Loughborough Students Futsal Club First. Leading from the front skipper Richard Ward (35′, 36′) starred with a brace, while Connor Millar (22′) and an own goal (30′) from Loughborough helped Bloomsbury pick up three crucial points on Sunday here in Somerset.

Bloomsbury got off to a bright start, getting some early shots on target, but only to be denied by the Loughborough defense. The majority of the first half saw some end-to-end action, with both teams trying to look for opportunities to score, but neither could find an opening. However, it was Loughborough who broke the deadlock just before halftime through Luke Abdy’s strike from the left flank.

Trailing by a goal, Bloomsbury started the second half aggressively and equalised in the 22nd minute of the game through Millar’s fiery long-range strike. After gaining momentum, Tapia-Owens’ men upped their ante and piled pressure on their opponents. Their efforts got paid off as they went on to take the lead in the 30th minute as Walsh and Millar forced Loughborough to concede an own goal

Minutes later, Loughborough were a man down due to a red card and captain Ward (35′, 36′) went on to score two goals in quick successions to ensure Bloomsbury Futsal Mens Team’s bag second win of the season.

Speaking on the team’s win Bloomsbury Captain expressed, “Any win is important. Loughborough have done really well against us in the last few times we’ve played. So it’s good for us to get the win. And, I am really pleased with the team’s performance and the result. We didn’t take our chances, we created quite a few in the first half. Loughborough did well to take the lead at half-time, so credits to them.”

He further added, “As a team, we knew we could reach a level where we caused some similar threats in the second half. We were a lot more clinical in the second half. Obviously, Loughborough losing a man with a red card makes a huge difference, but we took advantage of it and did well to get the win.”

Reflecting on his personal performance, Ward stated that he wasn’t up to the mark at the start, but made up for it in the second half.

“Personally, happy to get on the scoresheet and help the team. Eddie put it on a plate for me, Ryan and Jamie created opportunities in the set pieces so a nice couple of toppings. Hopefully, I can score a few more of those this season. I think wasn’t up to the mark in the first half, but made up for it in the second half,” he said.

“The good thing is we can see danger in all of our teammates, so I know if I am not going to score, someone else will. But it’s all good preparation that will ultimately be leading us towards the playoffs, and that’s what all about this year,” Ward concluded.