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BUCS Recap (Week 4)

Men’s Blues: Returning to Iffley after another excellent away win at Warwick, the Blues extended their perfect early season points tally with a 2-0 win over local rivals Brookes. The result, thanks in no small part to a brace from Dom Thelen, returning from injury to start for the first time this season, keeps the Blues firmly at the top of BUCS Midlands 1A ahead of their top-of-the-table clash at Cambridge next week. The win was also the Blues’ first over Brookes for three years, boding well for the side’s first chance of silverware, at Brookes Varsity, in just over two weeks time.

Women’s Blues: The Blues continued their unbeaten run this week with another large win. Goals from Beverly Leon, Helen Bridgman, Claudia Hill and a hat-trick from Ellana Slade helped to seal a 7-0 victory over the University of Bedfordshire. The Blues played some excellent attacking football, and now sit at the top of the league table.

Women’s Furies: Despite a very closely contested match, and an excellent all round display, the Furies went down 6-3 to Oxford Brookes, their goals including two dubious penalties. Although the result didn’t go their way, there were many positives to take form the game: the Furies worked tirelessly throughout, and the goals scored, two by Ella Vickers-Strutt and the other by Alice Desquiens, were the culmination of some great attacking play.

Men’s Colts: The Colts got their first win in the league in what was a convincing victory away to Anglia Ruskin. Despite some mishaps involving a lack of shorts and socks, and Stephens injuring his toe in the car park, Colts hit the ground running and could have been 2 or 3 up in no time. However, as it happened the sides went in at half-time 0-0. Undeterred, Colts took a deserved lead through Clifford, before doubling not along after – again Clifford on hand to finish from a mishit Monaghan shot. Clifford got his deserved hat-trick with 20 minutes still to go, some great footwork in the box led to a tidy finish in the bottom corner. It could easily have been more for the side, who played some excellent football from start to finish, but 3 points was the most important thing. Notable mentions also Maxwell Jones, Henry Hodgson and Matthew Rueter, all of whom made their BUCS debuts today.

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