London School of Economics men’s 1st team futsal defeated the University of East London men’s 2nd team by 4-2, in the third match of the BUCS Futsal 2017-2018 – South Eastern 3B league on Sunday the 39th October.
Despite the match taking place at SportsDock due to LSE not having a home venue, UEL failed to capitalise on their home advantage as they conceded their third defeat in a row.
LSE opened the score in the first minutes of the match with their first shot in the game after a rare mistake at the back by Jordan Moule.
UEL drew level in the 10 minute as Nathan Palmer bundled the ball into the back of the net, but LSE came back again, and at half-time the boys in blue found themselves 2-1 down.
The east London team fought hard in the second half with spirited displays from Bruno and Els and eventually levelled the game once again, but with 4 minutes to go LSE scored their third goal.
Despite desperate attempts to get back into the game, several missed chances let UEL down.
In the last second LSE attacked on the break and put the ball past Dan Grimes to seal their first win of the season.
The 4-2 defeat was frustrating for Trevor Tamatave’s side who when reflecting on the game rued the missed chances they had as well as individual errors.
More Work To Do
The East London team have conceded the most goals in the league with the negative record of 18 goals in 3 matches. Last week they lost by 8-0 away against Queen Mary University of London Men’s 1st which was their biggest defeat this year.
Next week Tamatave’s side are playing at home again against Imperial College London Men’s 1st. They need to be focused in their defence, maintain possession and avoid conceding easy goals.
A win will give great momentum to the UEL team as they look to move away from the relegation zone with just five more games until the end of the season.
The Captain’s View
Speaking after the game UEL’s Captain Robert Wheeler said, “It was a frustrating game but a good test for us, I think the majority of the game we played well as a team but missed chances and individual errors cost us, this is something that we will have to cut out of our game.
Wheeler insisted that the team should not be downbeat, “This is the development squad where of course we want to win but the main aim for us is the performance, we are here to develop players that will hopefully turn into first team players, the lads made lots of mistakes today which is a good thing, obviously you don’t want to make mistakes but you’ve got to make mistakes because that is the way you learn.”