Sunderland University Men’s Football President, Matty Harris, is confident the men’s first team can turn their season around and win all remaining games. 

In a recent interview, Harris stated he feels the team have “done absolutely everything right apart from putting the ball in the net” and believes the team’s struggle in front of goal is why Sunderland haven’t got the results they’d want.

The first team currently sit fifth in the BUCS Northern 5B league, with only one win in their first five games of the season, with the win coming in their most recent match against York St John’s 4th where they scored five goals against the home side.

Harris reflected on their recent victory and hopes they can carry it into the new year, saying the win was not only important to climb the table but good for the team who Harris praised as “brilliant players who maybe lack confidence”.

When asked about the teams next few matches, two of which are against second place Teesside University 2nds and then top side Leeds Trinity 2nds, Harris described how the confidence in front of goal would play a huge part in the next lot of games, stating “goals win games” and that if they can convert the chances the team creates, he’s confident Sunderland can win all their remaining games.

When asked about the other men’s teams at Sunderland, Harris thinks they’ve all done well in their respective leagues, but “like the first team results haven’t gone their way”. Going on to say the teams have some really good players, and will do well in 2019 with “more time together”.

“I think the team this year have been brilliant on and off the pitch, I think we have a brilliant bunch of lads who are committed and work hard every week. On the pitch I feel we’ve done absolutely everything right apart from putting the ball in net.
“Every game we create dozens of chances but it’s in front of goal where we have struggled and why we haven’t got the results we’ve wanted. But scoring five in the last game was a nice way to finish the year and hopefully we can carry it into next year.”
He added: “I think it’s what was needed, I think we had four different scorers as well so it was nice to see that, we have absolutely brilliant players who maybe lack confidence so for that reason as well it was a good win. I think for the whole team it was a big result to climb the table a little bit.”
“It will be huge, goals wins games and the players we have will always create chances, so if we have them chances turned into goals I’m confident we will win all the remaining games.”
He concluded on the other teams: “I think they’ve all done well, again results haven’t gone their way but there are some really good players. I think just more time together they will do well in 2019.”