Oxford Saints followed up last week’s turnover to Solent Thrashers with a 21-21 tie at Berkshire Renegades.
Saints showed signs of improvement in Sunday’s clash away to the Reading-based side.
Home advantage and the Berkshire club’s surprising week one win over last season’s undefeated Sussex Thunder made them favourites for the clash with Oxford, but found a Saints side ready for the Renegades.
Following a 41-yard gain from quarterback Dan Storey and a touchdown by Andrew Nielson, James Treherne kicked the extra point through the uprights to open Reading’s account at 7-0.
Scores were level when strong attacking play saw Shaun Griffin cross into the endzone with Sam Fielden adding the extra point to tie the scores 7-7 at half time.
Saints newcomer Josh Peck showed his talents at the beginning of the third quarter weaving through defenders for a 90-yard touchdown with Fielden converting a kick to move 14-7 ahead.
A controversial fumble in the endzone saw officials award Ben Raper with a touchdown before Treherne added another extra point to tie the score again at 14-14.
Shaun Griffin and an on-target Fielden put Oxford 21-14 ahead before a 54-yard touchdown run from Johnny Whitehead and Treherne’s third tied scores again at the final whistle.