Posted by Emma Rowell


With ‘big supporters day’ kicking off in the early afternoon, there was a whole load of great sport to cheer on from the sidelines. With plenty of fixtures to choose from and drinks and snacks in full swing, the Northumbria teams and their supporters were ready for the action.  


Kicking off the basketball fixtures for the day the W1 team took on Durham in what was anticipated to be a great match. The first quarter was filled with plenty of action as Northumbria got off to an early advantage in the first half leading on the scoreboard at 46-44 with two quarters still to go. With a tone of quality defence and plenty of good steals the women went up again by five points in the third quarter looking hopeful heading into the final quarter of the match. But on this occasion Durham pulled it back bringing it down to the wire and with a strong finish Northumbria were pipped to the post losing out by just 5 points, the final score standing as 80-85. In the Men’s fixture there was another extremely close game, with the score line being tight the whole way through, but the win went Durham’s way with them sneaking ahead 71-74 at the very end. Unfortunately Durham had the upper hand on both teams this week but both the men's and women's squads showed admirable determination despite the end results. 


Away from Sport Central there were still plenty of great home fixtures underway, starting off with the M1 Squash taking on Sheffield in their fixture for the week. After a close 3-2 loss in their away fixture to the same opposition last month, they were ready to take on the challenge this time round. Number 4 Alife Burns and number 5 Robert Chesney secured convincing wins down the order early on with Robert taking the match in three games. Alfie had a close battle in the first game, but he managed to take it 15-13 gaining a 1-0 lead. The following two games were won more convincingly by Alfiewith scores of 11-8 in the second game and 11-6 in the third; this secured the team a two nil lead. At number 3, the closest match of the fixture took place, with the score line being extremely tight throughout. The first game went to the opposition 11-8, so a comeback was needed and with the team support and determination Oliver Drewett powered on and took the next 3 games convincingly 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 increasing their lead in the match. At the top end of the seedings, Jonathan Wright and Harry Little both secured convincing 3-0 wins at number one and two with no problems on court. This finalised a clean sweep and 5-0 win for the men on home turf. Well played boys! 


Outside on the pitch, W1 football took on Durham in a Northern tie in the afternoon of BUCS proceedings. The game was set to be a one to watch with both teams being tough sides to beat. Northumbria went out hard in the first half which paid off when they gained a three nil lead in the first thirty minutes. This set them up extremely well going into the second half and gave them momentum to finish the game off with a 4-1 victory. Head of Women’s football Becky Langley was extremely proud of the girls and their team spirit as she feels “the players are really starting to gel as a team and the togetherness is growing each week”. This squad is definitely one to watch and for sure has more wins like this one to follow as the season progresses. And it wasnt just the Women’s football team who had glory on the pitch as thM1 team secured a 5-0 win against Durham also, this alongside another three victories from the M2, M3 and M4 in their fixtures too! There were wins all round on the pitch this Wednesday. 


So with plenty of action taking place and a great showcase of a whole range of sports, it is safe to say the day was a success. We can’t wait to see the teams back in action again next Wednesday for another round of BUCS fixtures! 


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