A wonderful win against Chichester University from the golf boys sets up an exciting tussle against Royal Holloway for a place in the cup final. The disappointment of losing to Brighton a week earlier is forgotten, after the exceptional 5.5-0.5 victory against Chichester secured the Knights a semi-final spot in this year’s cup.
Whilst Reading had already posted a narrow win against Chichester in the autumn league match, nothing was being taken for granted here. Chichester had recruited some fresh faces since then, and were certainly high in confidence after posting an impressive 6-0 whitewash only a week earlier. It seemed as though a tough match was in the offing – however, the frightening partnership of captain and president in the opening group seemed to do the trick, as Thomas Price and George Mitchell eased pre match tensions. A 4 and 3 win for Tom and George earned themselves half a point. Up next, Aran O’Doherty and Danny Watson delivered maximum points from matches 3 and 4. Aran played steady golf to win by 7 and 6 and Danny producing an excellent comeback to get over the line with a 3 and 1 victory. Specifically, a couple of crucial up and downs under pressure turned the match in Danny’s favour as he earned himself a man of the match award to put on his Mackinder mantelpiece.
Reading’s final pairing saw Matt O’Doherty and Will Evans take on arguably Chichester’s strongest pairing. Some excellent stats from Matt on the front nine saw him pull clear in his match and he converted early dominance into a comfortable 4 and 3 victory. Quality stuff Matt! Will’s match seemed to be following a similar course as he too got off to a fast start. A gutsy fight back from the man they call ‘The Unit’ meant that the match went down the last. Will did enough to hold on for a 2 up win, fizzing a driver down the last par 5 to rubber stamp the victory. Whilst Will Evans and Matt O’Doherty could barely contain their excitement on the homeward minibus journey, Captain George oozed composure from the passenger seat as he reminded the chirpy lads that they “haven’t won anything yet.” Certainly, Georges’ shocking absence from Union later that night demonstrated his commitment to this cup run. The question now on everybody’s lips: will there be enough FA cup magic left to fulfil Reading’s cup ambitions?