Roses 2014 Preview: Men’s Football

Lancaster inflicted a whitewash on York in 2013, but with a fantastic BUCS campaign behind them York will be confident they can exact revenge during this year’s Roses competition

York will be hoping to exact revenge after last year's white wash. Image: Agatha Torrance

York will be hoping to exact revenge after last year’s white wash. Image: Agatha Torrance

Fixtures

1sts: Friday, 7:45pm, Stadium
Indoor 1sts: Saturday, 10:45am, Sports Centre
3rds: Saturday, 11:00am, Football Pitches
College A League winners: Saturday, 11:00am, Football Pitches
College B League winners: Saturday, 2:00pm, Football Pitches
2nds: Saturday, 2:00pm, Football Pitches

Points on offer: 11

2013 Results

3rds: York 0-3 Lancaster
2nds: York 1-2 Lancaster
1sts: York 0-1 Lancaster
College League winners: York 0-1 Lancaster

Luke Bradley, UYAFC President:

How have the club performed so far this season?

“The whole club has had a very good season. Two out of the three teams competing in Roses won their league and the firsts also reached the final of their BUCS Cup, beating teams from higher divisions on the way such as Newcastle firsts. We are really pleased with our performance in the BUCS leagues and want to continue this form at Roses.”

What are you expecting from your Roses fixtures?

“Our success this season has come from hard work and the captains installing a footballing philosophy, based on quick, sharp, attacking, passing football, throughout the club. We know Lancaster are a good club, although from previous encounters their style of play is more akin to that of one of Sam Allardyce’s teams. This said, we are extremely confident having had such a good year so far.”

Why should people come and watch your matches?

“People should come to watch us if they like watching fast, attacking football. We won’t be fazed by having to go to Lancaster and we certainly won’t be changing the approach that has worked so well all season. So anyone going should expect a good open game with plenty of footballing talent on show.”

Nouse verdict:

The Football Club have had a fantastic campaign and have looked unstoppable at times this season. Both the firsts and seconds sides won their BUCS leagues easily, and played some great attacking football along the way. The thirds also gave the seconds a good run for their money in the same division. Meanwhile Lancaster have had mixed results throughout the last season, as their firsts finished an impressive second in their league, but the seconds struggled to a mid-table finish in theirs. However, UYAFC firsts in particular have had a brilliant season, with some outstanding individual performances. Luke Bradley has kept nine clean sheets in goal, and his defence have been solid. There’s been some great creative play in midfield, and the side have been in ruthless form in front of goal, notching 41 goals in just 16 matches. Pete Renton’s side have built up a reputation for playing flowing, attractive, passing football which is fluid and a delight to watch. After inflicting a whitewashing in 2013, Lancaster will again provide tough opposition, but if York play as they have all season, they can be confident of avenging last year’s defeats and coming home with the points for the Black & Gold.

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