The Bournemouth University 11-a-side Campus League Cup Final is set to take place on Sunday, in what will be a competitive affair between two in-form teams at Brockenhurst Stadium.
Both Skrtels and Brittannia FC will go into the game with full confidence, after terrific league form has seen them climb up the table and finish the season flying.
Skrtels will go into the game as favourites after finishing the season in 2nd place, whilst Brittannia currently sit in 5th with a game still to play.
Skrtels have come up against some tough teams in their route to the final, but have seen off their opposition with relative ease. Captain Jake Neylor-Leyland is pleased with how his team have progressed:
“We had a fairly hard route to the final, but have smashed it. We beat FC Lyme 3-0 when we had half of our team missing, then beat 50 Shades of John O’Shea 7-1 and in the semi-final we beat AUB 8-2.
“We haven’t been challenged too hard yet and haven’t gone to extra time or penalties yet, so hopefully it doesn’t go to pens!”
On the contrary, Brittannia have not had it so easy. Captain George Miles described their though route to the final:
“We’ve done it the hard way. We’ve won two penalty shootouts, without missing a penalty, and we had to score six goals in the semi-final to progress. I’m sure we won’t make it easy in the final either.”
Who is going to be lifting the cup on Sunday?
In the only head-to-head game played by the two teams this season, Brittannia ran out 4-2 winners and Miles will be hoping for a similar result again.
He said: “It was an intense game last time and we’re expecting nothing different this time. We know Skrtles have improved since the league game and we respect that they are a good team, but we have improved too. We are unbeaten in the second half of the season and it’s not going to change on Sunday.”
But Skrtles have been the team to beat in the league in the second half of the season, coming from mid-table half way through the campaign to finish in second place, just six points off top spot. Neylor-Leyland believes they’re going to have what it takes to lift the trophy on Sunday, saying: “My prediction is that it’s going to be a tough game. It will be a draw at half time and then we will win by a goal or two.”
The final will kick off at 10:30am on Sunday 2nd April at Brockenhurst Stadium.
Article by Tommy Churchyard: Bournemouth University Multimedia Journalism Student.