United’s three-goal turnaround was not the only dramatic comeback to be staged on Sunday, as Manchester Futsal Club came from 5-2 down to earn a point at Middlesbrough.
England international Stuart Cook netted a hat-trick as Manchester maintained their three point lead at the top of the FA National Futsal League.
The hosts raced into an early 3-0 lead with goals from Michael Thomas, Marc Caballeria and Pete Bulmer inside seven minutes. Middlesbrough had netted 47 goals in their last three games, and it looked as though several more would be added to that tally.
Thomas added a fourth just two minutes into the second half, before Cook got his first of the contest just a couple of minutes later to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.
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The league’s top scorer, Sam Richardson, pulled a goal back for Manchester. But Robert Bettson’s strike nine minutes from time looked to have sealed all three points for Damon Shaw’s side.
However, two free shots in a matter of moments saw Cook complete his hat-trick and gave Manchester the onus to pile the pressure on the Middlesbrough goal.
As time ticked agonisingly away, Ross Bond salvaged a crucial point for Marcos Leon’s side with just eight seconds remaining.
Middlesbrough: Thomas (2, 22) Caballeria (5), Bulmer (7), Bettson (31)
Manchester: Cook (24, 34, 36), Richardson (26), Bond (40)
Photos: Marc Taylor
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