University of Nottingham Futsal earned a 3-1 victory against Kettering Futsal Club on Sunday thanks to a Joe Kenny hat-trick in a highly competitive fixture to retain their 100% record, remaining top of the FA National League.
The two teams faced each other back to back following the reverse fixture last Sunday, University of Nottingham Futsal winning 9-1 at David Ross Sports Village.
It was evident Kettering were highly motivated to benefit from their home advantage, with a fantastic crowd in attendance and University of Nottingham Futsal without important players Pav Tomczak, Connor Woodworth, Dan Slater and Ryon Leyshon.
In a competitive first half, University of Nottingham Futsal dominated possession but Kettering defended well, threatening with long range efforts, saved by in-form Dylan Malpas. This eventually led to Kettering taking the lead in the 17th minute through England Futsal senior international, Curtis Mason. University of Nottingham Futsal quickly responded with Joe Kenny scoring the rebound, off of a Jonathan Alvarez Olieff shot, a minute later to take the score to 1-1 at half time.
In the second half, University of Nottingham Futsal benefited from the interval eventually taking the lead through Joe Kenny, after well worked build up involving Tom O’Sullivan and youngster Zak Brunt. The lead was then extended, Joe Kenny completing his hat-trick with an impressive team goal.
“Kettering presented a fantastic challenge, highly competitive and highly motivated which made for a great game. We were not at our best in the first half and in the second the boys created a lot more and did well to earn the win. I thought Jonathan (Alvarez Olieff) in particular performed well for us and was also pleased to see Joe get his hat-trick. It is important we continue to improve but it was an important win.” said Head of Performance Futsal, Marc Forrest.