Men’s football teams hoping to make use of better resources for the new season

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Men’s football suffered contrasting fortunes last season but are set to make their mark this year with greater resources at their disposal.

Surviving a relegation battle was a great achievement for the Swansea University 1sts lasts season, who trained just twice a week and were without a coach.

Captain Pete Ockwell explained that this lack of resources made it difficult for him and his fifteen team mates to compete with some of their rivals.

But with new coach Nick Bowen putting the team through their paces he expects his team to fair better this season.

Bowen will be looking to British Universities representative Ryan Batley to be the cornerstone of his defence.

In his first season, the Llanelli FC player won a silver medal at the World Student Games in China, losing 2-0 to Japan in the final.

Batley’s experience will be key in helping Swansea get back in the Bucs Premier division, where they were two seasons ago.

Despite recent setbacks Swansea managed to retain their Varsity title in a scrappy game against Cardiff.

The visiting green and white army were sent into raptures as Swansea fired home their penalties to secure victory in the nail-biting, albeit unofficial, penalty shoot-out.

The second team were relegated from a tough Western 2B league last time around.

Swansea were accused of trying to play too much at times last season but the size of their players meant there was no plan B if their slick style did not bear fruit.

They found it difficult to compete against the likes of Hartpury college, sport specialists, especially after Sam Weber broke his leg mid-season.

But with Weber now fully fit and playmaker Dylan Morgan continuing his good form from last season, it is hoped that Swansea can target promotion.

Another side to play attractive football but maybe not get its just rewards were Swansea 3rds.

“We relied on Dave Boyle too much for goals but for a team of 90% freshers we came together and performed well, achieving a mid-table finish,” said 3rds captain Jack Owen.

Glamorgan 2nds were runaway league winners last season and Owen believes Gloucestershire 2nds are favourites for the title this year.

Swansea hope they can make Fairwood a fortress and produce performances away from home like the one which saw them turn around a two goal deficit to win 4-2 at UWE, they should challenge for honours.

The 4ths, labelled the most boring team in the men’s club, would have been disappointed by their fifth place finish last season.

It was an agonising end to the season for the 5ths as they surrendered the league title by losing on the final day of the league season.

Rob Donald impressed at centre-back and there were plenty of goals in this Swansea side.

Captain Daniel Jose will be looking for a few fresh faces to replace the six moving on and he will have competition for the most talented players.

All the sides will be hoping to unearth freshers with the ability at the trials.

Left-back Lewis Chappell was the club’s star find at last year’s trials and picked up the player of the year award.

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