All five of Reading Knights’ football teams in action were unbeaten in their second week of BUCs fixtures. Wins for the Men’s 2s, Men’s 4s, and Women’s 1s were accompanied by battling draws for the Men’s 1s and 3s. With three of those matches taking place on Whiteknights Campus there was plenty to cheer about for the home fans.
The Women’s 1s fixture was away at the University of Arts in Chiswick and a 2-0 victory was their second win by the same scoreline in a row, this time topped off by captain Daisy Rennison’s 25 yard free-kick planted into the top right corner. Earlier in the game Rennison had headed Reading into the lead after a good first half. A more even contest in the second half relied on Rennison’s free-kick to seal the three points.
It was also a good week for the Women’s Squash team as they counterbalanced the three losses suffered by the Men’s teams with a good 4-0 win in their first fixture of the season, against Surrey. Becky Samuel, Nicola Thorn, Samantha Dickeson and Kristina Mustonen all won their individual matches 3-0 to seal a convincing win. Captain Nicola Thorn described the performance as a “really positive start to the season for the girls. Hopefully we can carry on this form into our next fixtures.”
The Men’s Basketball and Hockey 1s both suffered their second consecutive loss, this time in home fixtures. Hockey’s close 3-2 defeat to Oxford was a harsh scoreline in a much improved performance from the 8-1 mauling away to Bath the week previous. The Basketball team however could not build on a good start as they succumbed to a 90-65 loss to Chichester.
By the first quarter the team were down by 16 points, although they did manage to cut this to five points by the halfway point in the game. Some key injuries leaving the team without a point guard took its toll however as Chichester applied immense pressure on the defence, and they all but saw out the game after the third quarter having opened up a huge lead. A late rally from Reading was not enough to cut back the deficit.
Despite a loss for the Netball 1s, the 2s and 3s both won their matches, the latter in a convincing display against Surrey. A 42-8 victory sees the team top their league with a huge goal difference of 65 after a second high-scoring game in a row. A tight defence combined with plenty of successful pressure being applied to the opposition were the keys to victory, as the team’s Goal Scorer converted the good performance into plenty of points, with a fantastic individual display.
Elsewhere, the Men’s Rugby 1s suffered their first loss of the season in a narrow defeat away to Cardiff, but the 3s beat LSE with a resounding 64-0 scoreline. Men’s Lacrosse, Badminton and Rugby League also had good match days with 13-10, 8-0 and 30-16 victories respectively.
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