NTU futsal first team after the 7-5 win against Uni of Nottingham. Credit: Instagram/NTUFustal.

NTU futsal first team claimed an important 7-5 win over the University of Nottingham as they continue their late charge up the league.

With the historic rivalry between the universities and the teams battling for the same league position, NTU were motivated to take victory.

The inspired side started the game brightly, dominating possession and controlling the game. Their efforts were rewarded with a flurry of goals, putting them up early and ending the first half 3-1.

The start of the second half saw much of the same as NTU opened it up with another early goal. However the team soon had a lapse in concentration, allowing their rivals to score three goals in three minutes, making it 4-4.

Trent re-grouped and responded with two goals in the last 10 minutes, giving them a cushion to close out for a well-earned 7-5 victory.

NTU goalkeeper, Elliott Hill said: “It was a nice feeling to beat them, they had a lot of supporters and most of the crowd were there for them.

“They were chanting at us and got behind their team when they scored, trying to build momentum.

“It felt good to beat them in that environment and get a much-needed win to help us for the rest of the season.”

The result sees NTU move to third in the table, one point above their intra-city rivals and level on points with second place Leeds Beckett.

Trent will look to continue their good form as their next fixture takes the form of an away game to Leeds Beckett.

The team will want to win the clash, which will move them above Leeds into second, and into a strong position for the end of the season.

Hill added: “The season is drawing to a close, Loughborough have run away with it so the hope now is to consolidate second.

“The game against Leeds Beckett is really important to the team and we’re preparing to get the big win.

“We’re learning from the weekend’s game so we can finish the season strong and grab that second place finish.”