By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor
Matthew Vacher, captain of the men’s 1st badminton team, has seen his side come to within three points of achieving promotion from the Northern 2A division.
UCLan won seven out of ten matches, losing just once, to the Lancaster University 1st team, who finished the year at the top of table.
Despite narrowly missing out on promotion, Vacher described how he was happy with the performances of the team this season and said they were unfortunate on a few occasions.
“I think the team’s performance this season has been very good. Everyone has put in 100% effort.
“We have just been unlucky not to win a few of the games which could have gone either way.”
The team has come close to promotion in recent seasons, achieving 2nd and 3rd place-finishes during the last two campaigns.
Injuries have been a massive factor which has hindered the team’s progress this season, according to Vacher.
“One of our most important players has been missing for nearly all of the matches and I think if he had been fit then we would have got the promotion.”
The Sport and Exercise Psychology student is confident the team can push on and be successful next year.
“I think we can definitely achieve promotion. Our team will be pretty much the exact same and other teams will lose players so promotion is definitely the target and very achievable I think.”
Vacher, 20, has thoroughly enjoyed his time as captain and thinks the team is a great group.
“It’s good being the captain, everyone’s easy to get along with so I don’t really have any problem”s with the players and everyone respects each other so it’s all good.”
The team may have narrowly missed out on promotion but they did come within a few points of reaching the cup final, losing to Lancaster 1sts once again in the semis.
After being knocked out in the last 16 a year ago, Vacher believes the progress made this year is something to be proud, with the match against Lancaster being his favourite moment of the past season.
“For me the highlight of the season has been the two matches against Lancaster, especially in the cup when we ended up losing on points.
“A positive moment has been the way we played in the cup! We got further than last year and very nearly got to the final.”