York City Futsal’s heavy schedule of playing two games on the same day most obviously counted against them in a 7-0 defeat at London City.
The scoreline was actually particularly harsh on visitors who remained well in the contest up until after the interval, despite already losing 9-1 at National Super League pacesetters London Helvecia earlier in the afternoon.
But they were to unsurprisingly fade during the closing stages and their opponents took full advantage.
The visitors initially slipped into arrears with a deflected shot over keeper Vlad De Paula, who was temporarily hurt in the subsequent collision.
Nevertheless, York, without leading scorer Daniel Pedras and including a not totally fit Fabinho Almeida, continued to appear the better and more progressive side, until being hit by a sudden breakaway second goal.
The Minstermen were still pushing high up the court, although their opponents preserved their rather fortunate two-goal advantage up to the break.
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Decisively London also got the third goal, and in fairness it was a good one, when running around a couple of tired challenges and expertly slotting in.
However, their fourth proved a total fluke as a left-footed strike received a couple of wicked deflections on its way into the net.
York were never coming back from that despite turning to the fly keeper option and controlling possession well, but without really making serious inroads.
Unfortunately, three more goals were to come against them before the end as London showed their obvious quality in attack – and the visitors’ torrid schedule for the day finally caught up with them.
Home goalscorers were Edou Kamara Mota (2), Jake Gilder (2), Jarrod Basger (2) and Tobias Seeto.
There was at least consolation from elsewhere for City with relegation rivals Tranmere Rovers crashing 14-3 at title-chasing Reading Escolla.
It means York must now collect sufficient points from their remaining four games, all of which are at home and include the forthcoming arrival of Tranmere, who are still three points behind but now with level games to play.
Weekend Results: London Helvecia 9-1 York City; London City 7- 0 York City; Manchester 12-3 FC Salisbury United; Reading Escolla 14-3 Tranmere Rovers
Photos by kind permission of Ian Parker