The University of Chichester men's football first team got the 2017/18 British Universities and Colleges Sports season underway with an impressive 3-2 home win against 2015 national champions Hartpury.
The sides compete in the Premier League South and the Gloucestershire based visitors, who have won the title eight times in the last nine years, are considered one of the best football programmes in the UK.
Chichester went ahead from the penalty spot in the fifteenth minute through Lloyd Rowlatt after Kanjanda was brought down in the box following a precision pass from Dolcetti. Kanjanda made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second half with a cool finish after good work from Rowlett.
Hartpury got back in the game on 63 minutes when the ball was prodded in from close range as Chichester struggled to clear their lines.
A lovely Dolcetti free-kick with four minutes to go gave the hosts a two goal cushion again but a penalty 30 seconds later set up a nervy final spell.
Coach Danny Potter said after the game, “I'm proud of the boys today. It's a great start to the season. Beating Hartpury is always a challenge. We lost to them in both league games last year. We had a good spread of players in the starting team today – three freshers, six second years and only two third years.”
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||Hartpury University Mens 1st
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||University of Hertfordshire Womens 1st
Things didn't go so well for the women's football first team who suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to Hertfordshire. There were sixteen goals in the two encounters last year with a home win apiece, so a high-scoring game was always on the cards.
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