Having recruited a talented squad, History FC have started the 2015-16 season with great promise and are currently second in Division 2, as well as winning in the first round of the cup.
The season started with a 1-0 defeat against league rivals BA Econ, who were fortunate to come up against a History FC team bedding in plenty of new players and were therefore a little rusty. A very good back-post header by the BA Econ forward undid the History defence, which was somewhat against the run of play. Despite being defensively sound, the team lacked attacking creativity and the game, in general, was devoid of many goal-scoring opportunities.
Since opening day defeat, History FC have not looked back and have gone on to win five games in a row. A few tactical changes have been made in order to maximise the team’s creativity capacity, whilst also seeking to maintain majority possession of the ball. These tactical changes, in conjunction with a more familiarised squad of players have meant that the team have scored an impressive 24 goals and conceded 5 in the last 5 games.
Highlights from the season so far include 4 goals from Joel Standerwick in a 9-0 victory in the cup first round against Medics Albion, a Henry Scanlan hat-trick against Medics Wednesday in only his second appearance for the team and a match winning free kick from Captain Dan Bunter against UMCC FC.
The squad has proved to be very versatile, with numerous players being able to play in a number of different positions. This is a great asset to have particularly when on occasion; the squad is beset by ‘essay crisisistis’. There are none more versatile than History FC veteran and Vice-Captain Neil Davies, who has showed his necessity to the squad on two occasions by filling in as a make shift goalkeeper, quite different from his natural position of defender.
The team is taking part in three competitions this season: the league, cup and plate. On current form the team are certainly confident of success in these competitions. Particularly the league and the plate, which appears to be between History FC and BA Econ, who are the top two teams in Division 2. The return league fixture against BA Econ is on the 9th December and on current form it looks to be pivotal in deciding the league title.
The team is hopeful that the current momentum will lead to a successful season. Whilst not thinking too far ahead and refraining from the ‘game by game’ cliché, the team is undoubtedly playing well, scoring goals and winning games. Long may it continue!
For results and weekly match reports follow us on Twitter @HistoryFCManUni. Also, here is the link to the league table, fixtures and results: http://campussportmanchester.sportpad.net/leagues/view/802/224