By Joel Lampkin
Tranmere Rovers Futsal battled bravely against Salisbury to snatch a draw late on and keep their hopes of Super League survival alive.
The Super Whites started the livelier of the two with a series of shots testing the away side shot stopper but they struggled to find a way through.
Salisbury broke the deadlock midway through the first half as they pounced upon a Rovers mistake but some fancy footwork from evened the scoring.
With renewed confidence Damon Shaw’s men entered the second period with renewed hope but the visitors took the lead before Ed Bryers on his second debut slotted home a penalty to snatch a late point.
Rovers potentially could have took all three points as Byers failed to convert a late penalty but a strong performance including the debut of Iganacio De Leon will provide a aura of positivity for the players and staff.
It may not have been the 8,000+ that attended The Racecourse Ground but the atmosphere at the Tranmere Rovers Recreation Centre was fantastic and the fans in attendance were at one with the action on the pitch in what was a family friendly event.
No unpleasant actions just two sides playing their best and sharing the rewards. Both teams should hold their heads up high and futsal was the victor today as the spectators were treated to a beautiful occasion.
With manager Shaw attempting to raise the profile of the sport over the coming, weeks, months and years it is days like this that will be the biggest attraction to ticket sales and fan engagement.