After the strenuous exertions of the London Cup in stifling conditions earlier this summer, Ormer FC U15’s returned to action in Basildon under slightly different circumstances.
The Ormer boys were participating in their first ever Futsal match, the indoor fast paced, small sided version of the traditional game. Once again they had been afforded this opportunity by the Junior Premier League and have been granted permission to participate in the national Futsal League.
Opposition will come in the form of Billericay Town, Dartford Academy, The Advanced Football Academy, Galaxy FC and Mildenhall Town.
First up for the Ormers were old adversaries, Dartford Academy, who they played in their last Junior Premier League campaign. The game began at frenetic pace with both sides trying to dominate possession of the ball and exploit areas where players have been dragged out of position. However it was the Ormers who soon grabbed control of the game with a succession of quick counter attacks. The defensive block led by Jamie Smith allowed them to break with slick passing combinations between Alex Roussel, Fin Du Port and into Joe Adams who continually terrorised the Dartford backline. Within minutes the Ormers had opened up a 3-0 lead.
The game of Futsal allows continual rolling substitutions and there was no let up for Dartford as Josh Duddy and Brandon Weysom entered the fray at the expense of Roussel and Du Port. By the end of 20 pulsating minutes the Ormers had raced into a 9-1 lead.
The second period saw Dartford recover from their initial shock and begin to find a foothold in the game. However they found Jack Hamon in impressive form in the Ormer goal. As one would expect the intensity levels dropped a little as the second half worn on, but this suited the Ormer style of play even more who settled into a phase of keep ball in an attempt exert even more pressure on the tiring Dartford players. As the final blew the Ormers had run out worthy winners 18 – 5. The next round of games will take place on December 1st.
The Under 13 Ormer team will also face a similar challenge when they travel to the UK in the New Year. They will also be competing in the JPL National Futsal league and will be facing opposition drawn from the south-east of England.