University of Sunderland Mens 2nds settled for a share of the spoils in their badminton encounter with Teesside Mens 1sts as it all ended 4-4 on Wednesday.

Singles player Aidan Roche reflected on the result and said: “We played well, but could’ve played better. However, a draw is still a good result but hopefully, we can improve on it”.

On an individual level, Roche was beaten on both occasions on the day – to Teesside’s Michael and Harsha, but has no qualms in admitting Teesside were a superior opposition. About the team he said: “One word – quality. And great sportsmanship as well. They played really well, even from what I saw in the doubles. It looked as if they played with each other regularly.”

Roche went down 10-21, 14-21 and 10-21, 8-21 respectively on a tough afternoon. He elucidated the factors behind the defeats, as he said: “My drop shots were extremely poor whilst the net shots weren’t any better at times either. My short game isn’t great and that needs improvement too.

“Also, fitness is an instrumental factor in singles and I need to focus on mine as well,” he further added. “If my fitness improves then I’d be able to perform much better,” he reckoned.