Reading Wildcats away, Senior Flags Semi-Finals - 30 Nov 2002
The Reading pitch is built for good, fast flowing lacrosse - and helped produce a well fought, enjoyable game. Purley started well, and with Mike Barrett dominating the face-offs, went in at the first quarter with 4-0 lead. Reading responded in the second quarter, limiting Purley to only one goal, but at the other end they failed to breach the Purley defence, so at half time it was 5-0.
In the second half Purley managed to get into their rhythm again, and the goal tally started to rise. Reading always threatened on the fast-break, with their keeper looking for the fast outlet pass, but in six-on-six attack they only seemed to have a one-pronged attack, and though they moved the ball well round the perimeter, found it difficult to penetrate the Purley defence. By the end of the third quarter it was 9-0, and Reading had to wait to the final quarter to get the just rewards for their perseverance, and get their names on the score sheet. Final score was 14 - 2.
Off the field there was good news as well. Ace attack man Tim Richmond, who injured his knee in the first game of the season, has been given the all clear, and should be back playing in the New Year.