York City Futsal

Match Preview: London Helvecia v York City Futsal

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York City Futsal face an immediate return meeting with National Super League leaders London Helvecia at The Score Centre in Leyton on Sunday morning (kick-off 11.30am)

The Minstermen were totally blitzed by four goals during the opening eight minutes when the two teams originally clashed at the YorkSport Arena at the weekend.

They at least tightened up in a far more controlled second-half performance, with Jamie Bettson on target for the fifth time this season while exchanging a goal apiece.

However, York suffered a major injury blow during the contest with leading marksman Daniel Pedras unfortunately fracturing his left hand.

The hugely influential Pedras has scored fourteen of City’s 42 goals so far this season, and it’s not yet known how long he might be absent, although that particular injury usually takes around three months to heal.

Photo: Ian Parker

Losing main goalscorer Daniel Pedras is a major blow to York City

While York were being systematically dismantled by the in-form leaders at the weekend, relegation rivals Tranmere Rovers and London Genesis similarly lost out to Birmingham and Manchester respectively.

Indeed Genesis were then beaten again 7-4 at neighbours London City a couple of days later to leave them firmly rooted at the foot of the table, and currently trailing Tranmere Rovers by four points and York by seven with just three games remaining.

Rovers are crucially also in action on Sunday when travelling to second-placed Reading Escolla, with Manchester hosting FC Salisbury United in the only other league fixture.

Photos by kind permission of Ian Parker

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