“Pressure is on” with late futsal varsity date

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They may not be going head to head inside a 20,000 seater stadium like the footballers, but there will be just as much at stake as the NTU Futsal team head into enemy territory when they face University of Nottingham at the Jubilee Campus.

This ever-growing South American take on the beautiful game is due to take place on the penultimate day of Varsity, something first team goalkeeper Ben Thomas believes adds a bit of spice to the occasion.

He said: “With the game being so far near the end of the varsity series we all understand varsity could be won or lost at our game so a good performance on the day is a must.

“With it being at Jubilee Campus it’s a new challenge for us,as the support for ‘Uni of’ is going to be bigger so the pressure really is on to win in their own back yard.

“It’s all exciting times and despite all the pressure, no one is looking nervous and we are all still fighting hard for places in that varsity squad.”

Ben is facing a race against time to make Varsity after injuring a ligament in his ankle, something he hopes will not count against him when the team is selected.

“For everyone involved, confidence and belief is without question. Each player is in with a chance of playing with the strength in depth we have. I just hope I’m fit enough to be included,” added Ben, 20.

Trent’s side were crowned BUCs Midlands Premier League champions in February with only a single loss. They won all of their last six games in the competition to clinch the title and will be confident heading into Varsity.

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The University of Nottingham’s first team were also champions of their respective division and won every single game as they romped to the BUCs Midlands 1A prize.

If you want to see NTU take on UoN, head down to University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus on Wednesday 11th May in what is sure to be a feisty game between two division champions. The women’s side will also be playing earlier that day.

Matt Ball

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