by Daniel Cope
Date: Wednesday 29th (KO 14:00)
Venue: Sport Park, Treforest
University of South Wales Men 3rds take on Cardiff University in what should be a close encounter.
Looking to bounce back from their crushing 7-1 cup defeat at the hands of Plymouth Marjons, USW will be attempting to continue their unbeaten league run against a strong Cardiff outfit.
Both sides are in decent form, but it is Cardiff who go into this game with two defeats in their last two matches. Their last was away at Bristol where they lost 5-4 to Bristol Men’s 4th.
However, despite the result, Cardiff are still a dangerous side with dominant victories over Gloucester, Swansea and University of Wales Trinity St David’s in their first three games of the season. They are level on points with Bristol who sit at the top of the league and are below them on goal difference.
This is a very important game for USW as Cardiff are only two points ahead of them, although USW have a game in hand. This means a win for the home side will put them second in the table and continue their unbeaten league form.
USW have shown their resilience throughout the season, in particular, in their last game away to Bristol where they won 3-2, thanks to a last minute goal from Mikey Wicherek.
Manager Rob Bailey will be hoping to carry that momentum into this fixture and feels his team should play with no fear in their upcoming fixture.
“There is no team in this division that we should fear playing,” he said. “I feel the team has plenty more to give and has not shown it’s full potential yet.”
However, they are now without leading centre-back Iain Darbyshire, who has moved to the USW Men’s 2nd team.