DMUFC head into Varsity as League Champions

By Ross Barnett

A 4-0 win over Derby 3rd XI secured the Midlands 4B league title for De Montfort University 1st XI.

The league victory sees the DMU 1st XI bounce back after suffering relegation from Division 3 last season.

James Dillon, goalkeeper for the team, said: “It’s a good feeling to win the league but it was always one that we felt we should be winning.”

The side only dropped four points in the ten matches this season including a loss against University of Leicester 3rd XI at the start of the season and a draw against University of Nottingham 4th XI three weeks ago.

DMUFC celebrating after winning the title

James Dillon attributed the league success to a change in structure at the club: “The new manager has made a massive difference. Last year we had student managers who knew a lot about the game but could sometimes be criticised for picking their friends.

“Our hard work and commitment paid off during pre-season and our strength and conditioning has been a massive help as we have pulled away from many teams in the last 20 minutes of matches.”

Varsity is only 13 days away and the team are in the middle of preparations for their annual fixture against University of Leicester.

“Varsity is the biggest event of the season,” said James, “If we get thrashed in it then the season is a bit of a damp squib.

“It’s only when you walk onto the pitch at Varsity when you get a sense of how big it is and we’ll be ready come Monday 12th March.

“Last year we had a team of mostly first years, so as we are all more experienced I think we will be better prepared even though we only lost 1-0 to a piece of brilliance last year.”

Tickets are not required for the match which will kick off at 7.30pm at Beaumont Park on 12th March.

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