Men's Football 1st in Loss To Hartpury
University of East London's Men's Firsts lost 4-1 at home to Hartpury on Wednesday. Hartbury now sit six points ahead of UEL in the League, who are 4th and 5th respectively. The match, played on astro turf due to the frosty conditions, was well contested and offered a lot of quality as both teams aimed to attack with skill. UEL attacked early but it was Hartpury who took the lead, and then soon got their second within the first 30 minutes. The home side almost pulled one back before half time when Liam broke the offside trap, but his close-range effort was well saved.
The hosts did manage to close the gap just after half time, when Ellis Brittan got up well to head home a cross from the right. However a combination of fortune and skill allowed Hartpury to regain their 2 goal advantage when a well-worked free kick went in off of UEL 'keeper Tom Wright via the bar. Hartpury then finished the game off late on when they worked a ball through to be slotted home, despite protests of offside. UEL are now joint-bottom of the BUCS Football Premier South, and will face top of the league University of South Wales in the new year.
Match report by Dan Grimes.