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Weather conditions hamper fixtures

by Tom Hayward

UAL men's hockey teamThis week’s UAL sports fixtures were decimated by the weather and last minute team withdrawals.

One match that did go ahead though was the men’s Hockey first team who kept up their unbeaten league campaign with a 4-1 victory against Royal Free (RUMS).

Goals from Joe Carpenter, Tom Coxon, Richard Schembri and Jack Fletcher helped Arts remain comfortably at the top of the table.


Following the game Hockey President Jack Wilkinson reflected on the performance: “I am more than happy with the win. We should have put a lot more past them though but we were missing a few key players due to injury. All in all though we played very well and dominated the match from the off.

Arts are three points above Medway in the table but have a far superior goal difference which is as good as an extra point.

Despite the team’s strong standings in the league Wilkinson has stressed the importance of not getting ahead of themselves,  “It is very important not to become complacent although this proves difficult when were putting double figures on nearly every team we've played this season.

At the end of the day we just have to play to our own high standard of hockey, no matter who the opposition are.

It will all pay off when we are promoted next year and start playing some much more competitive games against much stronger opponents.”


Elsewhere, men’s Rugby fixture fell foul of the weather when the game was forced to be cancelled due to frozen pitches.

Meanwhile with no Cup commitments meant the men’s football team had a week off before this week's league fixtures resume.

Both men's and women’s basketball teams were victim of late withdrawals.

For the second week running the men’s fixture against School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) was cancelled whilst the women’s game against Essex was called off after Arts failed to get together a team in time.

The men’s team are scheduled to play Kings College this week in what will be their first game since before the Christmas break.

Weather permitting there will be another full block of fixtures.

Those teams affected by adverse weather conditions in the last few weeks could do worse than taking a leaf out of men’s Hockey’s book when they resume their seasons.


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