University sport: Reading knock Chichester students off top spot

The University of Chichester’s men’s football first team slipped to second place in the South Eastern tier one division after a 1-1 draw at home to fellow promotion chasers Reading.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 4:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 1:34 pm

The visitors had the best chance of the half when their striker found space 25 yards out and unleashed a wicked dipping drive that cannoned off the crossbar.

Chichester broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when Iffy Onwuachu steered in a delightful delivery from the boot of Lukas Franzen-Jones, guiding his header perfectly into the bottom corner.

Reading equalised ten minutes later in a goalmouth scramble and had a chance for a smash-and-grab win with three minutes left when they were awarded a penalty. It was well saved by Ash Downs who turned the ball away to his right.

Chichester, in blue, try to get the better of Reading at the Bishop Otter campus / Picture: Jordan Colborne

Chi’s women’s football ones are unbeaten this season and three points clear at the top of SE tier one thanks to a convincing 6-0 home victory over St Mary’s second team.

Elsewhere in men’s football, the twos beat Brunel 1-0 to move up into second place in SE tier two behind Portsmouth on the head-to-head record. The sixes bounced back from their cup defeat to beat Sussex threes 5-1.

Table toppers St Mary’s maintained their 100 per cent record with a narrow 3-2 victory over Chichester’s third team. The fours lost 4-1 away at Portsmouth threes and Imperial beat the fives 2-0.

Chi’s men’s hockey ones lost 4-0 at home to league leaders Sussex, while the twos won 3-2 against Portsmouth threes. The women’s hockey team drew 1-1 with King’s College (GKT) twos.

Men’s rugby ones beat UCL (RUMS) 23-12. Ciaran Mohr, Owen Morris and Harry Bennett scored the Chichester tries. Matt Hunt kicked one conversion and two penalties.

The Chi netball ones have had a tough start to life in tier one following promotion last year and lost 52-33 at home to UCL. The twos were beaten 57-23 by their Portsmouth counterparts, the fours and fives lost to West London ones and Brunel fives respectively but the threes edged a close encounter with Imperial (Medics) 30-28.

Harry Vaughan won his singles 7-5, 7-5 as Chi’s men’s tennis played host to Brighton but Chichester lost the other three singles and both doubles rubbers to fall 5-1. The women’s tennis team suffered a 6-0 defeat at home to Sussex.

In other sport, women’s volleyball lost in straight sets to Portsmouth, Surrey beat men’s badminton 5-3 and men’s basketball lost 90-75 to undefeated early pacesetters Brighton.