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EUAFC team huddle

Football flying high at University of Exeter

University of Exeter Men’s 1st team took the Western 1A league title and secured promotion in the playoff fixtures to earn BUCS Premier League status for next season.

Finishing top of the league with 8 wins and just 1 loss against University of Bristol 1st team Exeter have performed consistently well throughout the season having worked their way to the league title and most importantly the prize of BUCS Premier League football next season.  

Jamal Bartley University of Exeter Football Club (EUAFC) 1st team captain reflected on the season and said “I’d say start of the season we believed Cardiff Met 2’s would be our closest rivals and having them in our 2nd game of the BUCS campaign really gave us an opportunity to show that we were serious contenders for the league. In fact, we gave them a bit too much respect and sort of lacked a bit of self-belief. However, on the day, we witnessed, probably, our most dominant performance ever and really set the bar for the rest of the season. We also had our away game against Bristol 1’s, the team challenging us for top place. Going into this game, we were unbeaten in all BUCS games and 1 win from securing the league title. With the stage set, we felt a bit complacent, having beat them 3-0 at home, but couldn’t replicate that and let them back into contention for the league. I think after that game we grew again and used that game as a warning, to not take anything for granted and every game was just as important as the next. Fortunately this attitude carried us all the way to the play-offs”.

1st team coach Ian Parkes added ““It has been a thoroughly enjoyable first season working with the University football club. Neil Saunders, who has been working with the club for a few years now, has been fantastic to work with and has really welcomed me in to the set up. The club has had a great year across all our teams. For our first team to achieve our BUCS target of promotion to the top tier is a great feeling. All credit must go to the players for their commitment, effort and quality throughout the season. We are disappointed we didn’t add a cup to the league triumph but promotion was our primary aim. We must also recognise the achievements of our 4s this year who also gained promotion from their BUCS league. The efforts and support of the entire club on and off the field has been a huge reason for the success of the first team so we want to thank everyone who has played and/ or managed teams across the club, as well as the support from the Strength and Conditioning (S&C) team. The hard work must now intensify further as we prepare over the summer to cement our place in the top league and gain further promotions across all BUCS leagues.”

Having set the standards high for this season, committing to early morning trainings to have the whole squad together around lecture timetables as well as accessing S&C support from the High Performance team, EUAFC will be looking to prove they can compete and perform as newcomers to the BUCS Premier League next year.

Date: 18 May 2018

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