DMU Men’s football 3rd XI edged out in close semi-final


By Ross Barnett and Luke Smith, reporting from Northampton Spencer FC

DMU 3rds were unable to join their rugby counterparts in the final of their respective trophies next week.

DMU were defeated in the semi-finals of the BUCS Midlands Conference Plate to rivals Northampton 3rds 2-0 on Wednesday.

After a tense first half which produced very little opportunity for either team, Northampton broke the deadlock on the hour mark from a scrappy scramble off a dubious free kick.

The same cannot be said for Northampton’s second goal, a 30-yard sweep into the top left corner catching the inside of the post for good measure leaving the De Montfort goalkeeper, Ben Challis, rooted.

On a demanding pitch, the DMU players looked physically drained as they chased those two all important goals to keep their cup dream alive.

The 200 strong crowd who gathered at Northampton Spencer Football Club, which made for a boisterous atmosphere, were treated to a number of robust challenges that made for an entertaining game of football.

Tensions often boiled over towards the end with members of each side being kept apart from each other.

For all of DMU’s efforts, none could find their way past a relatively untroubled Northampton goalkeeper with the attacking prowess of the team absent today in what otherwise has been an extraordinary season.

The 3rd XI are top of their league with one match to play at home to Birmingham City Men’s 3rd XI, and one point will all but seal the title.


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