Sheffield University Bankers men’s first XI came from behind to beat last season’s Premier Division champions Brooklands MU in a fiery contest on Saturday.
Brooklands took the lead 20 minutes in to the first half, before Bankers’ Owen Davies equalised shortly after half-time.
After the Bankers saw a man sent off, and another receive a five-minute yellow card in the second half, they defended doggedly, before Jack Coulson took advantage of a rare breakaway to score the winner.
The game had started with plenty of Brooklands pressure, as the defending champions looked to overtake a Bankers side above them by just one goal heading into the game.
The visitors had opportunities in the first 10 minutes or so, and the Bankers had goalkeeper Simon Hibbert to thank for the sides being all square early on.
And though the hosts began to grow into the game, it wasn’t long before the visitors finally broke the deadlock.
A short corner at one end was poorly executed, and the visitors broke away to take the lead at the other.
Whatever was said at half-time worked, though, as the Bankers were level shortly into the second half.
Some lackadaisical defending from Brooklands allowed Davies to break quickly and score his side’s equaliser.
The game continued to ebb and flow, though the visitors had the best opportunities with numerous short corners wasted.
Two unsavoury incidents followed; the first of which resulted in a red card for the Bankers, and the second a five-minute yellow.
The hosts were forced to defend with nine men for much of the closing period, but this they did, allowing for a dramatic finale.
With a draw seemingly the best they could hope for, Coulson broke forward to score a dramatic counter-attacking winner with just three minutes left on the clock.
Club chairman Bob Hindle was delighted with the result, but expressed concern over the side’s discipline. He said: “This was a gritty performance which maintains this team’s unbeaten run going back to February and keeps them top of the league.
“But, for the second game in succession, only nine men have been on the pitch and that suggests there could be a disciplinary problem which will be addressed.”
Meanwhile, there were mixed fortunes for the other men’s sides. The third XI won to remain unbeaten and top of the league, as did the 5th and 6th sides, but others fell to defeat.
In the ladies competition, the first team ran out 5-1 victors to remain top of their league, and the seconds preserved their unbeaten record with a win over rivals Hallam.