The University of York Floorball Club hosted their second competitive match of the year on Saturday 17th November, versus FBC Manchester Salibandits, a team they had not met in recent years. It proved to be tough test, as most of the Salibandits had been playing together much longer than York Floorball. The format was a standard 60 minute match, comprised of three 20 minute period. Each team could field five players (plus goalkeepers) at a time.
The first period was a relatively even and defensive display from both teams as they tried to gain the upperhand of the contest. The only goals came from Manchester in the latter moments of the period through some slick team movements, ending the first period 3-0 to the visitors. It is a credit to the defensive display of York, and some impressive saves from goalkeeper James Clare, that kept the scoreline down.
The second period showcased fast flowing end-to-end floorball, with David Morrey scoring the first goal for the Vikings. Manchester Salibandits would not let York build on this goal, however, quickly increasing the scoreline throughout the period to assert their dominance over the match. The scoreline after 40 minutes was 9:1 to Manchester.
A cacophony of goals were scored in the final period, with Manchester almost doubling their score to 16. In the midst of these, Francis Overton-Eccles added another for York Floorball. The match ended 16:2 to Manchester, but was more evenly matched than the scoreline suggests. As is customary, the York Floorball players voted for their MVP and this match went to our centre: Eetu Jyvälä!