Five-try Mousdell key to firsts’ success

BUCS league action was back on the agenda for Edge Hill with fixtures producing two eye-catching home successes.

The victorious Edge Hill RL side on the attack against Leeds Beckett (photo: Steve Walker)

The men’s rugby league side held off the challenge of Leeds Beckett seconds to prevail 40-28 with Man of the Match, prop Josh Mousdell, crossing five times.

“It was a great win for the boys,” reflected half-back Tom Flowers. “We battled through tough conditions but controlled the game against a strong Leeds side. The boys stuck together as team, with players having dropped out beforehand which made the win even sweeter!”

Jobe Roxby (2) – who added two conversions – Jack Stanford and Nathan Taylor were the other scorers for the firsts who sit third in Northern 1A.

EHU women’s goalkeeper Sophie Heaton thwarts another attack (photo: Ian Shard)

The women’s football team kept up their impressive form by seeing off Manchester firsts 4-0. Ruby Howard (2), Cara Bickett – from long range – and Lea Winter were the scorers although it was goalkeeper Sophie Heaton who claimed the Player of the Match honours in keeping a clean sheet.

They remain three points clear of Bangor firsts at the top of Northern 2A.

Edge Hill University sides also tasted success on the road. The firsts’ men’s football team claimed a 6-2 victory at Liverpool Hope firsts to strengthen their position in Northern 2A while the women’s basketball side overcame Liverpool seconds 54-37 to make it four wins from four at the head of Northern 3A.

Another table-topping side who repeated that feat was the men’s hockey team, 4-2 winners at rock-bottom Salford while the women’s fourths netballers were also victorious against lowly opposition, seeing off Wrexham firsts 50-28.

Of the unlucky losers the men’s second team footballers were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester thirds, while the badminton first and third teams both went down to defeat in the city. The former lost 5-3 in their top-of-the-table clash at Manchester seconds while the latter went down to their first league defeat by the same scoreline at Manchester Metropolitan University seconds, although they remain top of Northern 5A.

All teams gave their backing to Rainbow Laces Day, which supports LGBT people in sport and aims to “make sport everyone’s game”.

Edge Hill Sport handed out 100 pairs of laces for free to our teams on the morning of their fixtures.