Reading’s Men’s Lacrosse team returned to their early season winning form against Chichester on Wednesday 4th December.
Having lost their last two matches, the Knights were looking to get back into their stride against a team they had beaten in a close finish earlier on this year.
Chichester arrived with 10 men (no subs), and a weakened team. The game started with two quick Reading goals, but then the shooting percentage dropped and poor defence let Chichester pull ahead to a 3-2 lead at the half. Reading’s team play improved, and after a siege on the opposition goal in the 3rd quarter, four goals went in before the quarter time to lead 6-3.
Chichester capitalised on easy mistakes to draw back to 8-6, before Reading put in three more (including Ollie Abbey’s spectacular behind-the-back goal) to finish on a slightly flattering scoreline of 11-6. Notable performances from Adam Jones in goal with an exceptional save percentage, and Tom Pugh in attack demonstrating his high work-rate, were perhaps highlights of the day.
After a disappointing first half the team really rallied to come back and defeat a battling Chichester side, to hold onto first place in the South Eastern 1A league. Next up they face second-place Imperial firsts, in what may prove to be a crunch game for both sides.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, the Ladies’ Fencing team suffered a tough 129-81 loss at home to Kings College.
In their first match of the season, after last week’s walkover, this was a valiant effort from the Knights’ Ladies.
Due to illness the team wasn’t at full strength, but there were nevertheless impressive showings when considering two of the four fencers for Reading had only picked up the sport during freshers week.
Francesca Inzani was the performer of the day for Reading, having picked up epee and sabre at the last minute despite never having fenced them before.
It was a tough day on the whole for Reading’s sports teams: overall they picked up 16 losses, alongside 13 wins and 4 draws. There were woes for all of Reading’s Rugby Union teams who all failed to win except for the Men’s thirds who narrowly defeat Middlesex. Simarlarly, only the Men’s fourths could win out of all the Knights Football teams, as they beat Brunel 2-0.
There was however better news for Reading’s Hockey teams, who all won except for the Women’s thirds.
Next Wednesday (11th December) will be see the last set of BUCs fixtures before the Christmas break, as all of Reading’s teams will be looking for a winning boost to take into the winter holidays.
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