Kids putting their best ‘fut’ forward

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It’s football...but not as we know it.

Honours were even when two local primary schools went head-to-head in a game of Futsal.

Eyes on the ball: Edward Clegg (left) and Lucy Dawson from Dolphinholme

Eyes on the ball: Edward Clegg (left) and Lucy Dawson from Dolphinholme

Dolphinholme Primary met Nateby Primary at Garstang YMCA Leisure Centre, with a thrilling game ending in a 2-2 draw.

Futsal is a format of small-sided football which is recognised by FIFA and UEFA, and has its origins in Portugal.

It encourages good technique and confidence on the ball on a five-a-side pitch, and the game is played with a smaller ball with a reduced bounce.

Nateby struck first with a goal just before half-time, Edward Clegg’s pass setting up Emily Ryan to score with a first-time shot.

Emily struck again early in the second half to double the advantage.

Dolpinholme got themselves back into the contest with a good finish from George Carney, with their equaliser arriving through Mark Lee.

A late chance fell the way of Nateby’s James Blakely which forced a fine save from Dolphinholme keeper Zach Morse.

The game was organised by Gaz Elsdon who runs Fun-Time Football sessions at Garstang YMCA Leisure Centre every Saturday, from 10.45am to 12.15pm.

It’s for children aged between six and 16, with the cost £3 per session.

The emphasis is placed on playing football in a fun environment, giving youngsters the chance to develop their skills on small pitches.

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