For the second year in succession the Elites have secured their place in the ECFA Premier League National Play-Offs, and will now compete against the other 15 finalists to be crowned ECFA National Champions.
Last season saw the Men’s Elite squad play in the Premier League for the very first time after being crowned ECFA Category 2 League Champions the previous season.
A solid campaign saw them reach the National Cup ¼ Finals, as well as reaching the National Play Offs at the first time of asking; however, an agonising extra-time defeat at the hands of Dereham College saw them fall out at the final 16 stages.
This season however has seen a stronger league campaign and confidence within the Academy is high as they sit one victory from being crowned League Champions.
The start of the season saw the group pick up two victories in their first two fixtures under the tutelage of Head Coach, Scott McGliesh. Unfortunately, due to work commitments with the PFA, Scott was required to step down from his post, making way for his successor Jimmy Martin to come in.
The Elites went on to lose their next two league fixtures in a row; however, hard work on the training pitch and a serious test of character saw the group of Elites develop quickly into a side that would go unbeaten in the league to this very day.
The Men’s Elite side are currently sitting top, with one fixture left to play. The title deciding final fixture is to be played against last year’s champions FAB Academy, who are currently sitting in second place.
Academy Director Chris Watters has said ‘getting into the play offs in succession is a great statement on the consistent quality produced here at EDSV. The push for the league title is greatly down to the Elites persistent hard work throughout the season but also demonstrates how greatly we’re improving as an academy, having previously finished in third place’.
Elite’s Manager Jimmy Martin said ‘the players put themselves under a lot of pressure early on but showed their real character and trust within systems and tactics going into must win game after must win game. The pressure is now a privilege that they’ve earnt and must continue to enjoy’.
With the draw for the National Play-Offs to be made on Thursday 8th March, the Academy eagerly awaits to not only find out who their opponents are in the last 16, but also fulfil the outstanding league decider against FAB Academy.