Mixed national-cup fortunes for University of Chichester sporting teams

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In the BUCS Cup, University of Chichester teams experienced contrasting fortunes.

The previously-unbeaten men’s badminton team – who have already clinched their league title – finally lost in the quarter-finals of the Conference Cup 6-2 to Brighton University.

The women’s football seconds progressed to the semi-finals of the same competition overcoming University of East London 2-1 at Oaklands Park.

The women’s rugby team suffered in the championship quarter-final against one of the most dominant sporting institutions in the UK, Leeds Met Carnegie losing 76-0.

In the BUCS League, both the men’s football first team and third team moved a step closer to silverware with wins over Essex 3-0 and Sussex thirds 3-1.

The first team enjoy an eight-point lead over their closest rivals with just three games to play.

Two other teams staking title claims were the men’s hockey firsts, who won 5-0 away to Royal Free, and the men’s lacrosse side, who won 20-1 against Brunel. There were much-needed wins for the men’s rugby firsts and seconds, who beat Portsmouth 13-11 and University of Arts 38-0 respectively to move away from relegation fears.

One team missing out on a league title were the men’s basketball seconds, who lost at home to Hertfordshire seconds 53-58.

For the latest BUCS results and league tables, go to www.bucs.org.uk