December 8, 2014, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS round-up 3 December 2014
Nottingham’s sound BUCS form continued in week eight thanks to another set of impressive performances across the board. With only a handful of fixtures next week, 31 wins and a win-rate of 48% meant that a number of clubs head into the Christmas break sitting top of the league.
Highfields was a hive of activity this Wednesday and the location for a series of important second team wins. The Men’s Football 2nd XI thrashed Wolverhampton 1st 6-1 to extend the gap at the top of Midlands 3B to six points and the Men’s Lacrosse 2nd team ensured they would start 2015 top of the table following a 16-1 drubbing of Coventry 1st, extending their run to four straight victories in the process. The Men’s Rugby League 2nd built upon their cup success last week by beating Trent 34-12 to not only record their first league victory of the season, but also move off the bottle of table.
On the same ground, the Men’s Football 3rd XI convincingly beat Worcester 3rd 3-0 and are now in the relegation zone only on goal difference – only two goals separate themselves and third place. The 1st XI, however, did not enjoy the same fortunes, going down 0-1 to Stirling 1st; making next week’s clash against Northumbria even more crucial. The Women’s 1st XI remain first in Midlands 1A after being held by Oxford 1st 1-1 in a top of the table clash and the 2nd XI are also top having beaten Leicester 3-1 away from home.
Men’s Badminton 2nd team continued the top of the league theme in their early kick off at Sutton Bonington, winning 6-2 against Oxford Brookes 1st team. The 3rd team matched their score line against Oxford 2nd team in the 4pm start at University Park and now sit comfortably in mid table.
All in all, it was a week of fine home form, and Volleyball did little to buck the trend by winning all three home games. The Men’s 1st team beat Cranfield 1st team 3-0 to move into second place behind Loughborough on goal difference, the Women’s 1st team overcame Aston 3-2 in a relegation six pointer at Jubilee and the Women’s 3rd recorded their first win of the campaign against Bedfordshire 1st; 3-0 the final score. It seemed Jubilee was the place to be for a home win; Men’s Basketball 2nd team turned around their recent fortunes to record their first win in a 89-53 victory over Leicester.
American Football recorded the most resounding victory of the afternoon by thumping Northampton 58-0, and Men’s Lacrosse 1st team joined the party with a 19-2 defeat of Sheffield Hallam. There was also good news for Men’s Table Tennis 4th team, who failed to concede in a 17-0 win against Birmingham City, and Men’s Tennis 2nd team, beating Birmingham 12-0.
The Hockey Clubs have been in good form recently and nothing changed on Wednesday. The Men’s 2nd XI remain the pacesetters in Midlands 2A, and are now three points clear following their 7-2 hammering of Loughborough at Beeston Hockey Club, whilst the fiercely contested 5th XI 0-0 draw with Trent also ensures their top spot. The Women’s teams returned some great results too, the 1st XI and 6th XI both winning 3-1, with the 2nd XI overcoming Oxford 2-1 away.
Nottingham have now overtaken Exeter and moved into 3rd in the BUCS standings, with the league points increasing to 1892.
Position and points accurate at time of press
BUCS weekly report by Sebastian Chmielinski