A round-up of BUCS match reports from the men’s teams at UCFB Etihad Campus on Wednesday 28th November.

Manchester Metropolitan University 1st 1-2 UCFB 1st

A Will Ozono brace helped UCFB claim back-to-back victories in a hard-fought victory away at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), as they move up to third in the league table.

Despite a quiet opening to the match as both teams battled for full control of possession, UCFB managed to find a breakthrough on the 17-minute mark through Will Ozono. Ozono then doubled UCFB’s lead approaching half-time. Remaining calm and composed in front of goal, Ozono slotted away one-on-one from just outside the six-yard box to give UCFB that all-important second goal.

It looked as though UCFB would go into the break with that all-important two goal cushion. However, two minutes into added time, UCFB allowed MMU to get back into the game to half the deficit at the whistle.

In the second half, despite a couple of scares, UCFB managed the rest of the game to claim back-to-back victories, and the all-important three points as they now look ahead to next week’s away fixture against the University of Manchester.

Reporting by Edward Hardy

UCFB 2nd 1-2 Manchester Metropolitan University 5th

MMU started the much stronger team with two clear cut one on ones within the first ten minutes, but keeper Elliot Simpson twice rushed out and made himself big to make fantastic saves and keep the scores level.

Just as UCFB seemed to be settling into the game, a long ball forward by the MMU defence saw their number nine dink the ball over Simpson to give MMU a deserved lead. UCFB’s pressure before half-time paid off though when Luis Embleton slammed home from six-yards.

Into the second half, and with just five minutes left, a clearance from the MMU defence somehow fell perfectly to their striker who avoided the offside trap, and with all the time in the world, slotted the ball home into the bottom left hand corner to break UCFB hearts.

UCFB now look forward to getting back to winning ways against the University of Chester at Belle Vue.

Reporting by Fred Dobberson

University of Bradford 3rd 1-5 UCFB 4th

Debutant Luke Caine-Mckenzie got the ball rolling as UCFB opened the floodgates and cruised to an emphatic 5-1 victory over the University of Bradford.

Caine-Mckenzie etched his name onto the scoresheet just 14 minutes into his first competitive game, following sterling work from Joe Lally on the right flank to hold off his pursuer and lay an accurate ball across the face of goal for a simple tap-in.

Morgan Powell bagged a brace early in the second half, his first coming from a mishit clearance. He soon doubled his tally when he found room on the edge of the 18-yard area to drill a low drive into the same corner.

UCFB’s fourth came courtesy of substitute Max Prangnell, minutes after he was introduced to the fray. Niall Paterson rounded off the scoring after coming on from the bench.

Reporting by Harry Shephard