Just a single-point would be enough for York City Futsal to definitely confirm their National Super League status heading into the arrival of Cambridge United to the YorkSport Arena on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 4.30pm).
The Minstermen impressively crashed five goals without reply past Tranmere Rovers last weekend to open up a clear six-point gap over their Birkenhead visitors towards the bottom of the table.
That means Rovers must convincingly win their only two remaining fixtures [both] against Oxford City Lions, while hoping relegation rivals York suffer a crushing trio of defeats to Cambridge, Oxford and Reading.
In theory, Loughborough also need another point to guarantee survival but their goal-difference is massively superior to both City and particularly Rovers. London Genesis are already confirmed as relegated this season.
Photo Ian Parker
Manager Junior Roberti has just about led top-flight newcomers York City to safety
York’s crucial 5-0 success against Tranmere actually marked a second consecutive hectic weekend for them as they promptly lost 5-2 at home to a very decent FC Salisbury United in the FA Futsal Cup the following afternoon.
Visitors Cambridge have enjoyed an excellent campaign and are comfortably occupying fourth place in the table, presently being four points clear of London City (who are relocating to Southend next season) and with a game in hand.
The U’s already overcame York 3-0 at home in early February, and could very realistically still make the top three in the division as they remain close on the heels of Birmingham.
Also in action on Sunday in the only other league meeting taking place are Loughborough and London Genesis.
Photos by kind permission of Ian Parker