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With all of the University’s teams sitting in the bottom half of their respective leagues, the next part of the season couldn’t come soon enough for UEFC. All six outfits are extremely eager to show that the whole club will not take this season lightly, that despite their relatively poor start.

 

The1st XI have seen injuries play a major part in what has been a struggle of a season so far. Captain, George Maher and Shaun Brown have been huge losses to the team and have been out from football since well before the Christmas break. Although not winning a point in the first term, the team has battled bravely and refused to roll over easily, shown by the ability to score in every fixture apart from one. They are sure to be looking to take that next step and secure maximum points from the next five fixtures. The 2nd XI at one point were looking like embarking on a memorable cup run, but were eventually knocked out 2-1 by St Mary’s. Alphie Karatay’s squad may have only recorded one victory in the league but have played well and deserved more than just three points. Billy Layzell possesses a well settled 3rd XI and after a few experiments with tactics, they have everything in place to push on considerably. However, the team are currently sitting second from bottom due to dropping points against weaker teams (including those with players using only one football boot). Goals aren’t proving to be a problem for Layzell though, as players from all over the park are pitching in with some crucial strikes.

 

After finding themselves placed in a difficult league, Jack Bending’s 4th XI has seen some good performances capped with some good results. The turning point being the twenty minute comeback from 3-0 down, against Canterbury Christ Church, early on in the season. It is just a solitary victory over the UEFC 5th team that is proving to be the only three points so far. A lot of early mixing around with players led to some heavy defeats for James Bates’ 5th XI. Now though, it seems he has assembled a strong team that are looking forward to fighting back to get some points on the board. The squad will be itching for the return fixture against the 4th team, with league survival being the potential reward for the victor. The 6th XI’s fixture list sees every match being a local derby of sorts. The added incentive has affected the players well and Ben Grover and Lee Marshall’s team are sitting in third place. Promotion will not be ruled out if the players can gain victories in their coming games.

Words by Gary Finch

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