British Universities & Colleges Sports
South Eastern 4D
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Kick Off 14.00 Actual 14.01
Goldsmiths University London 4 Anglia Ruskin University 4th (Chelmsford) 2, attendance 1
90’ + 1, 3-2
90’ + 7, 4-2
@ Loring Hall Sports Ground
No Admission or Programme.
Well, it had to happen one day. For the first time ever, I was the only spectator !
The match was bottom v second bottom in the league table, with neither side having won a match yet. The visitors are part of Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge), who are listed as having the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams. Rather oddly, the two teams run from the campus in Chelmsford are listed as the 4th and 5th teams, when in reality they are the 1st and 2nd teams, as all other Universities in the BUCS leagues are listed by their location, rather than which establishment they are governed by.
Anyway, as for the match, it was very entertaining considering the level. Ruskin took the lead early in the second half, then for some reason decided to try and hold what they had. They nearly managed it, but totally lost it when they conceded the equaliser with seven minutes left. There were a few scuffles and then when Goldsmiths took the lead in stoppage time, all hell broke loose. There were at least 4 fights, Ruskin had a man sent off for punching the Goldsmiths Coach and somehow the Referee managed to get the game going again and played a further eight minutes of added time, in which Goldsmiths added a fourth goal. At the final whistle there was more fighting as a number of the away team attacked the Goldsmiths Coach once more, but he managed to run to the changing rooms in an effort to calm the situation and avoid any further attacks, leaving the Referee and Ruskin Coach to try and sort it all out.