Women's football came into the home match against St Mary's full of confidence after beating Premier South leaders Hertfordshire last week and hit four for the second time this season against the Twickenham based side. WSIHE conceded in the first five minutes but rallied after a slow start. Payton Howard got two and there were goals for freshers Hannah Humphreys and Laura Barton, whose strike was her first for the team.
Perry Northeast's side is in second place just ahead of Cardiff Met and Bath.
After the match captain Sophie Phelps said, “We started off slow but got into the game and then dominated. After playing well in the big win against Herts we wanted a continuation of this. We’ve got Cardiff and Cardiff Met coming up next and we know we can get something out of these matches. Our aim now is to finish as high as possible and to press Herts for top spot.”
Women's twos fired six past Brighton in a second big away win following last week's 5-0 thrashing of Portsmouth in the cup.
Elsewhere, in rugby men's ones ran in four tries in a 22-6 win over Portsmouth on the lower pitch. The men's twos recorded a first win of the season against University College London but the women's team lost further ground to front-runners Canterbury Christ Church with a second defeat of the season in the crunch game away at Royal Holloway.
Men's football firsts lost 4-0 for the second week running. Danny Potter's side started badly and Swansea were two up within ten minutes through Connor and Bishop-Wisdom. The hosts might have found a way back into the match from the penalty spot but couldn't take advantage of this opportunity and then the Prem South new boys went up the other end and Toms added another. Hayden wrapped things up with a fourth goal to send surprise package Swansea top.
There were victories though for the fours, fives and sixes who kept their fine run of form going following a hard fought 3-1 win away to Surrey fours. Jonny Linard opened the scoring with a screamer - the ball darting into the bottom right hand corner from 20 yards out. An incredible free kick then got Surrey back into the match before Jason Riley put WSIHE back in front with his first of two goals after a sharp run and a composed finish. His second came thanks to a great piece of poaching when the keeper parried a save into his path. Riley duly dispatched the loose ball into the left hand side of the net.
The Spitfires fell 12-6 in a close encounter at the weekend up at King's College London. After a penalty-littered first quarter when neither team could get on the scoreboard it was the hosts who got the first touchdown, running the ball over in the second quarter. Jordan Lamai then doubled the Regents' lead after a fumble recovery before Spitfires quarter back Seb Guardo passed to tight end Ben Wakeford in the endzone. It was however a case of too little too late. Offensive player of the day wide receiver Dan Edgoose caught three receptions for the Spitfires' most yardage.
Women's futsal thumped Bath 21-0 on Saturday but the men's team lost 4-2 at home to Portsmouth the next day. After the match Marcus Ball said, “It was disappointing. It's important to try and beat a rival university in a derby, especially as we were at home. We played the better football but they finished their chances. We are underperforming and need to start winning games.”
In Racquets there were wins for men's table tennis, women's badminton and men's tennis that ensured all three go into next week top of their leagues. Other league leaders include mixed golf who beat Essex threes 6-0, netball threes and netball fives who like golf are unbeaten this season and face St. Mary's threes next in the South Eastern Conference Bowl.
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