WILLMOTT SEEING ENCOURAGING SIGNS

Oly Cats Futsal’s new campaign is now well under way, and director Howard Willmott has assessed how the season has begun.

The action kicked off at the start of September, with the U15, U16 and senior groups all getting game time.

“Overall, I’m pleased,” he declared. “The U15’s have come in and shown a great attitude towards the work, the U16’s are a very good group and, having some players which have kept at it, gives us some continuity and steady growth.”

Willmott has seen encouraging signs across the board, and already believes positive strides are being made.

He explained: “The U15’s are just starting off, so they’re learning the game, but they’re doing that quite quickly — which is pleasing.

“As for the U16’s, they’re doing really well. They know how to look after themselves on a futsal court, and they’re also really bright players as well — they’re looking particularly good.

“On the first team front, as I’ve eluded to previously, if I can get a lot of older players in, like we had last year, that will do fine.

“I’ve got a few back [from last year], so I’ve a mixture of players who’ve been playing for a year or two, and then some from the U16’s.

“Considering we had our first game [the senior squad] only recently, we performed above expectations — so as a whole, it’s looking good so far.”

Each age group has faced off against Peterborough United in recent weeks and, in the futsal director’s eyes, the fixtures provided a fantastic challenge for his players.

“They were really good tests,” Willmott stated. “As far as a futsal match is concerned, they’re good and they’re competitive. They’re building something there, meaning they can attract quality players and such.