The first week of BUCs action for most of Reading University’s sports team was a mixed affair. With only the Rugby Union teams in action last week, it was an opportunity for the ‘Reading Knights’ to get their seasons up and running, and some teams fared better than others.
There was a good start for the Women’s Football 1s as they dominated their game against UCL (RUMS) to run out 2-0 winners. The new-look team, packed with nine freshers, created a string of goalscoring opportunities in a display founded on a good defensive performance from vice-captain Rebecca ‘Sladey’ and the back three.
Having gone in 1-0 up at half-time, thanks to a goal from Elena Vignotti, Reading continued where they left off from in the first half as they started the second by creating numerous opportunities. And with the game nearing a conclusion and the clock winding down, a powerful run from flying winger Jessie Dunn culminated in a rasping shot nestling in the bottom corner, sealing the win.
Captain Daisy Rennison described the performance as “a good winning start and a platform for the year ahead”, and the team will now be looking to build on these three points. Their season is well and truly up and running.
Elsewhere the Men’s Rugby Union 1s good start to the season continued, inspired by new sponsor James Haskell, as they made it two wins out of two with a last-minute 13-10 victory at home to Cardiff. You can view a match report for the game here. Other highlights of the day were the Men’s Fencing win over Sussex, the Women’s Tennis away win at Roehampton, and the 26-12 win for the Netball 1s at home to Kingston.
There was disappointment in particular for the Men’s Hockey 1s who lost 8-1 to Bath, whilst there was also losses for the Men’s 1st football, lacrosse, squash, basketball and tennis teams.
The first full competition day of the season has shown promise for lots of the Reading Knights teams, and in particular for the Women’s Football and the Netball 1s. However a string of frustrating results will leave many teams chomping at the bit to return to action next Wednesday as they look to kick-start their 2013-2014 BUCs campaigns.
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