By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor
At the time of printing, Lee Horrocks, one of the captains of the UCLan Rams (American Football) team has so far seen his side go through the season undefeated.
Despite UCLan appearing in the Yorkshire 1A for the first time, they have swept aside all the opposition and are currently top of the table with a superior goal difference.
Horrocks admitted it was a welcome surprise to see that the team are league leaders.
“I would say we have peformed brilliantly up to this point.
“If you would have said to me at the start of the season that we would be undefeated at this point of the season and at the top of the table I probably wouldn’t have believed you” he said.
The Rams have played five, won five and the mood of the team could not be better, according to Horrocks.
“Everyone is really positive and just upbeat, there is a great level of intensity during training sessions which reflects the team’s recent performances.”
Last season, UCLan were part of the North West division and lost just once throughout the entire campaign which ultimately cost them the chance of achieving promotion.
Horrocks is determined not to make the same mistake this year and knows they can’t afford any slip ups until the season has finished.
“Losing the final game of the season gave us a wake-up call going into the new campaign.
“Everyone in the team knows we can’t afford to be complacent and we are not taking any of the teams lightly in this league.”
When asked why the Rams are still undefeated this season, Horrocks believes it is down to a combination of factors.
“The coaches provide a good solid base, they set the tone.
“Then it is down to the players to apply themselves, they are 100% dedicated and every single player has a general desire to be the best, you can see it on in their faces.
“There are a few of the same guys this year, but there are also new fresh faces.
“The standard has improved massively, there are some players who have joined this year and gone straight into the starting line-up.
“It is great meeting new people and being part of a diverse group which would not normally be together.”
Horrocks, a biomedical science student, knows the team have a real chance of achieving promotion at the end of the season but they cannot afford to be complacent.
“I feel very positive the way this team is going but it is still too early to call, we just have to concentrate on each game and ensure we do everything we can to win.”
When asked about the role of captain, Horrocks said he loves the responsibility.
“As the leader you are the person everyone looks up, it’s down to me to pick their heads up, it’s such a brilliant feeling.”
The highlight of the season so far for the 24-year-old was the narrow victory away to the University of Sheffield 1sts.
“Nobody was expecting us to win and they were expected to walk all over us.
“It was such an up and down game but to upset the odds and come away with a win was such a good feeling.”