Team TGAL (1 XI) season review
It’s been no secret that the 1s struggled immensely this year. With an inexperienced squad competing in a very competitive Midlands Premier for the club’s first time, it was always going to be difficult. The season started relatively well however with an upset win over Beeston and victory over relegation rivals Boots. However, any early form we managed was cut extremely short as we only picked up 3 more MRHA points for the rest of season, as lapses in concentration cost us points time and time again in close games. Performances improved towards the end of the season however, as fresher poo found his feet and Oscar trapped a ball for the first time.
On the back of relegation last year, expectations were high going into BUCs. Unfortunately, an unexpectedly competitive league, outside of Trent 2s mildly pumping everyone, meant the season ended in disaster with a second relegation in two years. The campaign started strongly however with wins against Oxford and Loughborough. Outside of conceding 8 to Trent, we had displayed potential defensively until Eddie ruled himself out with vagina pains. After the inevitable injuries began crippling our side, we simply couldn’t pull out results in tight games. Draws against Oxford, Cambridge’s umpires and the return fixture against Loughborough cost us a comfortable top three finish.
Positives from the season are few and far between. So few in fact that I can’t think of any. Congratulations to Victor for finally winning player of the season for his stellar goal scoring record over his three years here. I’d also like to wish our other leavers, Ewan and Eddie, the very best in their future endeavors and remind them that they weren’t good enough to keep us in Midlands 1.
Finally, good luck to Louis next year in leading the side towards BUCs promotion and hopefully retaining the highest Saturday level at the university. It’s been an honour chaps