Bather revels in the wet as Edge down league-leaders
It was a busy week of BUCS league action, with many Edge Hill sides looking to round off 2018 on a high note – and it was the men’s football teams who duly delivered on that score in the pouring rain in Ormskirk.
The firsts held off local rivals – and Northern 2A league-leaders – UCLAN firsts 3-2. A Callum Bather header, a fine individual goal from Luke Salters and Sam Rawsthorne’s 25-yard free-kick delivered the points for Edge Hill to inflict a first league defeat on UCLAN, who had won the reverse fixture 5-1 in October.
“It was a thoroughly deserved win, after some beautiful goals and some great teamwork,” reflected midfielder Dan Warren.
The men’s second team also made it an Edge Hill double, defeating rock-bottom Chester seconds 3-1 in Northern 4A.
In rugby league the men made it four wins from five by coming back from a 12-point deficit to defeat leaders Northumbria seconds 19-12 at home, a result which saw Durham firsts go top of Northern 1A. Josh Mousdell, Lewis Fairhurst and Jason Holland crossed for the Tigers, with Fairhurst kicking the other points – although it was Adam Carr who scooped the Man of the Match honours with his tackling and strong running catching the eye.
The other winners on home soil were the women’s hockey first team, who got back to winning ways in style with a 7-1 victory over their UCLAN counterparts thanks to a strong second-half showing when they scored five without reply. Em Wymer, Abi Hall (2), Anna Hollis (2), Nadina Skinner and Imy Kelly were the scorers for the Northern 3A leaders, with Cara Websdale their Player of the Match.
The women’s footballers were deposed from top spot after tasting defeat, having previously won six on the bounce, beaten 2-1 by Liverpool firsts. The victors moved top of Northern 2A on goal difference, with Bangor firsts also level on points with those sides in a competitive division.
The men’s seconds’ basketball side also suffered frustration, falling to an agonising 58-56 loss to Northern 5A leaders Liverpool John Moore’s seconds.
Away from home the women’s basketball team continued their impressive form, the runaway Northern 3A leaders making it five from five by easing past Cumbria firsts 62-10, while the women’s thirds’ netball side made it an Edge Hill double against the same university, prevailing 47-21.
There were also creditable 4-4 draws on the road in Liverpool for the firsts and the thirds’ badminton teams, both of whom lie second in their divisions. The former claimed a point at Liverpool seconds with the latter sharing the spoils at Liverpool Hope firsts.