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PREVIEW: DO SUFC FUTSAL HEAD TO THE COPPERBOX AS FAVOURITES?

17 May 2015

Previewing the Iron's Futsal side's trip to the Copper Box Arena, United are arguably favourites going into the final weekend.

That's the opinion taken from an extract of the Official Programme, on sale for just £2.

It reads: "Considering five Soccer AM Quarter-Finalists were from the North-East Division, a league now secured by Scunny during an undefeated campaign, on top of being the only team to inflict defeat on Reading so far; who will dare stand in the way of the red-hot Iron?

"Scunthorpe have carved teams apart for fun in the Cup, with the cool composure in front of goal, during a season in which the Iron have been galvanised by their dominance of FLT Futsal's toughest division.

"Could the Glanford Park boys' guile and spirit ensure that the Soccer AM Futsal Cup makes a safe return to Lincolnshire, following a year in the possession of fierce rivals Grimsby Town?"

United face Sheffield United in the semi-finals of the competition (kick-off 12:05pm), with the winners set to face either Reading or Rochdale in the final later that day (kick-off 4pm).

Speaking about their competition, Futsal Manager Gav Cooper said: “All of the teams we could face on Sunday are beatable; definitely."

“Rochdale are in our week-to-week league and we’ve beaten them this season and Reading we beat in the previous round. Sheffield United are the only team we haven’t played yet and if we can get past them in the semi-finals in the morning, which I’m confident we can, then we have beaten both teams that we could face in the final.

“The lads have got to take confidence from that, but first and foremost it’s about that first semi-final. We can’t look too far ahead and it’s about winning that game against Sheffield United.

“We’ve worked ever so hard on the way we want to play and they’ve been well drilled going into this weekend. We’ve prepared the lads in the best possible way we could have – and they’ll be used to the size of the pitch at the Copperbox Arena.

He added: “We’re just hoping that we settle in on the day and have a good go at it. If we’re going to get beaten by a team, we have to be satisfied that the other team were good enough to beat us and we don’t give them the game.”


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