Durham 5 Derby 6 – FA Futsal Cup
Author: Toby Hill
Derby Futsal Club sieged a late comeback to win in an 11 goal thriller against Durham Palatinate.
Durham came from behind four times but ultimately Derby will progress into the second round of the FA Futsal Cup, with goals coming from Liam Hunt, Sam Huntingdon and Dylan Harris-Newton.
A standout performance from captain Harris-Newton saw him complete his hat trick in style with a last-minute winner to seal progression for Derby. In an interview after the match, Harris-Newton shared his thoughts on the hat trick, stating: “I’m buzzing, I know I can do that but I need to do it more.”
Durham Palatinate also had their fair share of goals, with Scott Gunn scoring four of them. It seemed to be an inspired performance by the winger, who must have thought he had won the game with his fourth goal and Durham’s fifth.
However, Derby were resilient with only two minutes to go and, facing a defeat, knew they had to produce a goal. Huntingdon picked up the ball in his own half and, after skipping past the oncoming challenge, rifled the ball past Andrei Rhodes and into the back of the net. Speaking about his second goal, the player-manager admitted: “It was a scuffed pass, but it bent in the bottom-left corner so I’ll take that all day.”
The winner came within the final minute, Harris-Newton picked up the ball on the edge of the area and struck the ball into the top-right corner giving Rhodes little chance in goal.
This win sees Derby Futsal Club progress into the second round of the FA Futsal Cup. Huntingdon later revealed that he would prefer a team from a different league, stating: “I would like to play a team higher to see how we’d fair”. Harris-Newton expressed his belief in the team, sharing: “[We can go] as far as we want to really, the level has been good all season”.
Derby Futsal Club’s next fixture comes in the FA Cup again, with the match set to take place on the first of March.