Boro's hopes of reaching the FA Futsal League playoffs were kept alive on Sunday at Thornaby Pavilion as they overcame the first of six must win games by defeating league leaders Sheffield, in what was a comeback that will go down in Boro Futsal history.
Staring defeat in the face at 6-2 down with eight minutes remaining the supporters draped a huge “Spirit of Steaua” banner over the balcony and in true Boro style the comeback was completed in five frantic minutes with the record crowd urging the team on like no other.
The Red Faction had decorated Thornaby Pavilion with flags and banners to create a setting unseen at an English futsal game and chairman and manager Damon Shaw feels it was an important day in the club’s short history.
“The fans and the team came together to win the game. They are hooked, just like we [the team] are and I know we will start to get more and more through the doors as the word spreads. The team responded to the fans and vice versa, the passion in Thornaby Pavilion was unbelievable and that was what won us the match.
“It was a must win game and we were dead and buried, not just this game but the season was over. We’ve come back from the brink, the ‘Spirit of Steaua’ or the ‘Spirit of Sheffield’ as we’ll know it. It was an amazing fight back, the boys didn’t want five dead rubber games, they want five cup finals and we’ll take each one as that, just like yesterday and if we push all the way to the end of the season I’ll be delighted,” continued Shaw.
Mikey Roberts was named man of the match scoring three goals and leading the charge with unrivalled passion. He is delighted with the support the team are getting and hopes it continues.
“We have always dreamed of having supporters, but I never knew just how good it would be to play in front of fans as passionate as the Boro fans. At 6-2 down they made us believe we could win. We couldn’t have done it without the fans, they were just amazing,” said hattrick hero Roberts.
Middlesbrough have five games left in The FA Futsal League North and still need other teams to drop points if they are to finish in a playoff position. They travel away to Hull to play East Coast on Sunday (13th March) before hosting Leeds at Thornaby Pavilion on 27th March in what promises to be an even bigger and louder crowd.