The table has turned. UEL are devastated with yesterday’s outcome. They now sit in third place three points behind Queen Mary. Both UEL and QM are set to play their last games of the season against bottom team University College London – UEL first on February 21st and the following fixture takes place for Queen Mary’s on March 7th.
These are such crucial games for both teams, after a complete change of circumstances has happened in the last 24 hours. Yesterday UEL were hoping for top spot, now they MUST win their next fixture to place joint second against their big rivals Queen Mary.
A Royal Danger
If Queen Mary continue their lucky streak and win their final match on the 7th they will finish the league joint top to City 1st; who have no games remaining.
The aftermath has left an annoyance in the air; the East London boys came so far in the league it’s such a shame their fortune couldn’t have lasted any longer.
Despite the consequence, captain of the team Isaac Charles was impressed with the team’s individual play but knows that working on playing as a team is what is necessary. “Following our game plan and performing as a team is needed. The majority of the game was down to us playing for our own benefit, rather than overall for the team. We will be focusing on this within the following weeks as we push to put this result behind us and finish on a positive one”.
For some of the team, the last game of the season will be their last game ever for UEL Hockey. It’s an emotional time for those departing the team, especially as the last home game is already concluded. Although it was a tough outcome, final year team player Robert Wheeler said “it was a good test for us, we can take positives that we are creating chances but we need to be finishing them. A must is that we sure up out defence.”
UEL have just under two weeks to train hard and secure their final win on the 2017/18 BUCS league.