BUCS Championship final: How did Hartpury University get there?

Hartpury Team photo 2018-19. Image courtesy of Hartpury

by Bryn Goodall

THE University of South Wales face Hartpury University in the final of the BUCS football Championship this Wednesday in Nottingham.

The two sides have already faced each other twice this year in league competition. The league being the BUCS Football Premier South, in which USW came out on top and Hartpury finishing in second place.

The two sides’ first encounter was at the start of the season in October, USW played hosts to Hartpury and the home side ran out 2-0 winners on the day. The reverse fixture was played in November and ended all square 0-0.

Hartpury have been in three out of the last four finals of the competition, only winning it once in that time. Last season they lost out to Cardiff Metropolitan University 3-2 in the final.

USW and Hartpury met in the final of this cup competition before, in 2015, with USW winning on the day and claiming the silverware.

Hartpury’s manager Chris Knowles is currently a player at National League South side Gloucester City and will be hoping to use his experience in helping his players to a cup final win.

Round of 16

Bye

Hartpury, like USW, received a bye in the first round of cup games and entered straight into the quarter-final stage where they had a home tie against Exeter University.

Quarter-final

Hartpury 3-1 Exeter University

Exeter who finished bottom of the Premier South were no match for Hartpury who emerged 3-1 victors in the last eight tie, sending them through to the semi-finals.

Semi-final

Northumbria University 3-1 Hartpury

The semi-finals saw Hartpury face the tough challenge of travelling to the Premier North winners Northumbria. Hartpury defied the odds to beat the home side 3-1 and progress to the final. Their win ended an unbeaten home record for their hosts.

Both sides will be heading into the final full of confidence having overcome some very good teams on their way.

The game is being played at Basford United in Nottingham on Wednesday. Kick-off is 7.45pm. It is one of 13 championship fixtures being live streamed by BUCS.