On the 3rd of March 2019, York Floorball Club Faced Nottingham Floorball Club in their third away fixture of the season, for the last match of the spring term.
The Vikings departed York with high hopes, that whilst coming off the back of difficult games against Hawick, Scots-under 21’s and Wakefield Wolves, they had a good track record against Sunday’s opponents Nottingham, winning the last 7 meetings between the sides. York’s contingent of Francis Overton-Eccles, Alan Pedrassoli Chitayat, David Morrey, Conor O'Hearn, Owen Dearman, Josh Westwood, Elijah Ssempa and Dylan Essex rotated freely between attack and defence and this was reflected in some very fluid floorball from York in the opening stages, which came to fruition almost immediately as Overton-Eccles struck early on with a close-range effort. However, Nottingham showed resolve in the face of York’s quick passing game and equalised not soon after and went onto score three more before the end of the first period, Nottingham’s attack punishing York’s defence with clinical finishing, converting 4 of 5 shots on target. This was frustrating for a York side which was dominating the play and peppered the Nottingham goal, with a fine display form the Nottingham goalkeeper frustrating York’s front three.
The first period ended four goals to one, and the onus was on York to keep their shape and become less fragile defensively if they were to make a comeback. This was realised as York kept a clean sheet for the second period with Pedrassoli-Chitayat scoring the period’s only goal with a rocket into the top corner to put York firmly back in the game at 4-2.
Both teams upped the intensity for the final period, with York closing the deficit to one as Overton-Eccles got his second of the day. Nottingham replied with a goal of their own to make it 5-3, but this didn’t disrupt York for long as Morrey found the bottom corner from close range. This set up a frantic finish, and in the final seconds, Morrey beat his marker to send a shot crashing into the top bins with a split-second left, yielding a deserved equaliser for York, much to the jubilation of the York team and travelling York supporters.
This sent the match to penalties. Here, both goalkeepers made fantastic saves, with Morrey, Pedrassoli-Chitayat, and O’Hearn denied, whilst Ssempa made three fantastic penalty saves to make it 0-0 with 3 taken each in the shootout. The deadlock was broken by Essex who powered his penalty to the right of the Nottingham Goalkeeper, before Ssempa again making a crucial save to give Overton-Eccles the chance to win it for York, and he made no mistake, firing home emphatically to seal a brilliant comeback for York, who came away deserved winners. As is customary, the Vikings voted on their MVP of the match which was awarded to Francis Overton-Eccles for his two goals and winning penalty.
(written by Josh Westwood)