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Hartpury College footballers facing crunch matches

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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Hartpury’s footballers are preparing for two massive games in quick succession which could define their season.

First up for Paul Tassell’s side is a home tie in the English Colleges FA play-off quarter-final today. The team will then travel north to Liverpool on Friday for the ECFA Premier Cup semi-final.

Today’s opponents, Myerscough, stand in the way of a second semi-final berth for the table-topping Hartpury side, who clinched the ECFA Premier League by five points with a hard-fought 1-0 win over local rivals South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Liverpool FC Foundation Football College, linked directly to the Premier League side, await Hartpury 48 hours later in the ECFA Premier Cup semi-final. The team will face Gateshead College at St George’s Park - the home of England’s national set-up - if they progress.

Hartpury junior football coach, Paul Tassell, said: “All of the hard work we’ve put in this season comes down to these two games. I am very proud of the squad to have won the ECFA Premier League title which shows our consistency this year. The boys have put in a tremendous amount of effort and focus to get here and it would be brilliant to progress in both competitions. It is very exciting to be in contention in these competitions and the squad is confident we can progress.”

If the side progress in both ties, they can expect another quick run of fixtures beginning with the ECFA Premier Cup Final on April 30, followed by possible semi-final and final games on May 7 and 14.

The team will be looking to make it consecutive final appearances at St. George’s Park after coming from 1-0 down last season to clinch the British Colleges Sport National Cup 3-1 against Milton Keynes College.

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