Blues throw away two goal leadBy Dave Wright
October 24, 2012
Brooklands 3 Reading 2
Team manager Chris Davey was left wondering how Reading came to lose in Manchester on Sunday.
“I still can’t work out how we lost a game where we were so in control and so much better than them,” he said.
They went two goals up inside the opening 25 minutes through Chris Cargo, who was making his return from injury, and Simon Mantell, while missing other chances during a period of total domination.
But then defender Richard Mantell was harshly yellow carded for a challenge and they were down to 10 men when Brooklands pulled a goal back against the run of play through Sam French just before the half-hour mark.
Blues continued to have the better of the exchanges, but they lost the intensity while Brooklands started to grow in confidence.
Louis Weir brought the scores level in the 59th minute with a shot that took a wicket deflection and five minutes later Nick Giles grabbed the winner following a penatly corner.
Reading’s second defeat in succession was not the ideal preparation for the start of their Euro League campaign next weekend.
They take on KHC Dragons (Belgium) on Saturday and French side St Germain on Sunday, with both games being played at East Grinstead HC with a 12 noon push-back.
The top two sides in the group will qualify for round two.
Leicester 5 Reading women 0
Reading were given a sharp lesson in finishing by Investec League champions Leicester on Saturday.
Even the return of experienced Great Britain duo Kate Walsh and Helen Richardson failed to stop Reading from conceding five goals for the second time in a week.
The previous Sunday they had scored five themselves in a 10-goal thriller with Canterbury.
But Reading were unable to find the net at Leicester despite having several chances.
Captain Emma Thomas said: “Though they (Leicester) were the better team on the day, it really came down to them taking their chances where we didn’t.”
With Olympians Alex Danson, Laura Bartlett and Emily Maguire all missing, Reading made a promising start to the game and the first half was fairly even.
They conceded just the one goal – to Katie Long on 22 minutes – and were still very much in the game at half-time.
But from then on Reading made a series of small errors. And Thomas said: “You are always going to be punished for them at this level.”
Nicola White made it 2-0 in the 44th minute and Jo Hunter added a third on 57.
Long went on to complete her hat-trick with strikes in the 64th and 70th minutes.
Leicester coach Chris Mayer described it as one of the most complete halves of hockey he had seen from his side in recent seasons.
Reading travel to Manchester to play Bowdon Hightown on Saturday (11.45am).