March 27, 2019, by llyad10

BUCS Big Wednesday | Men’s Football land the BUCS Trophy

It turned into a chilly afternoon as the sun set on Basford Football Club for the Men’s Football Trophy final. UoN came into the fixture of the back of a sensational 2-1 extra time victory in the semi-finals against Newcastle University. Nottingham wore an all green kit with the visitors to Nottingham, Bath wearing blue and gold.

University of Nottingham Sport Men’s Football Team

Tord Pederson
George Southgate
Toby Godfray
Andrew Drylie (C)
Chase Rhode
Rob Mills
Nat Hubert
Matt Penfold
Jack Knox
Josh Riley
Calum Holden
Tom Phillipson
Stuart Marley
Josh Kwadu
Tom Unwin
Toby Davies

The game started with a good period of pressure by UoN. After a foul on the edge of the box and with only three minutes on the clock, Josh Riley dispatched a header from a beautifully crafted ball into the box.

With the first goal in hand, UoN began to dominate the game, looking confident on the ball and pressing forward in pursuit of the second goal. Marley then had a few chances that he only just failed to connect with and Riley came close with an effort dragged just wide off the post.

At the start of the second half, UoN came out of the blocks quickly just as they had in the first. A beautifully weighted long ball found Josh Riley, who found himself one-on-one with only the keeper to beat. Instead of shooting for goal, the confident winger instead elected to go around the Bath keeper before confidently slotting home the second goal of the game.

With a 2-0 lead, UoN’s game plan was executed to perfection. Despite 2 substitutions from Bath in the final 25 minutes, they were still unable to get a hold of the ball and find a way back into the game.

There was maybe a chance for Nottingham to make it 3-0 with the Bath goal peppered with shots in the final 10 minutes, and the crossbar getting rattled on a few occasions.

The boys saw the final minutes of the game out and sealed what was a wonderful victory for the #GreenandGold

At full time, Men’s Football Captain – Andrew Drylie said:

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be part of the team, to lead the team that won the BUCS Football Trophy for the University. I can’t get over it or put into words how proud I am of all the boys for all the work over the season. All the club for their support, Nick and Tom all our coaches. It’s amazing and we definitely couldn’t have done it without the support we’ve had all year.

Reflecting on the match, Andrew said:

“I think we had a very clear gameplan. We knew how we wanted to play. We had done all our preparation on Bath and knew exactly how they were going to set up.”

University of Nottingham Men’s Football demonstrated tremendous character to come back from a disappointing end to their BUCS campaign. It is testament to the players, coaches and staff and the club who turn out in number that’s they turned this disappointment into a Trophy victory which will live forever in the memory.

“We knew it was going to be a tight game, very tactical. We set out to a game plan, stuck to it and got the result.”

On the Man of the Match by winger Josh Riley, he said:

“He’s an unbelievable talent, definitely one of the main men on our team and a man for the big occasion. He stepped up today, he was incredible. The team as a whole was superb”

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