Winter warmer for promotion-chasing fourths

Freezing conditions meant that the first BUCS rugby union and hockey fixtures of 2019 were called off. However, this meant badminton took centre stage at Edge Hill University’s sports complex.

The men’s promotion-chasing third team were held to a 4-4 draw by Chester seconds in a competitive encounter which could have gone either way, with the singles and doubles matches ending all square.

Tom Allman put in a Man of the Match display for the hosts, winning once and then running Chester’s No.1 seed close in his other game. Ben Williams also repeated the feat, just missing out in his first game before overcoming injury to win his second.

Ben Williams on the defensive for Edge Hill thirds

Doubles pairing Hyunkyu Jang and Sam Pierce showed great teamwork to win their encounters while Peter Dobson and Joe Sinnott took their matches to three games but just fell short at the final hurdle despite some great rallies and smart shots.

Sam Pierce was victorious in his two doubles matches with Hyunkyu Jang

Edge Hill now trail Manchester Met seconds in Northern 5A only on head-to-head record, a statistic they’ll be keen to change when they meet on the final day of the campaign at Edge Hill in mid-March.

The fourths claimed the most eye-catching result of the three sides in action, defeating Liverpool Hope seconds 6-1 to strengthen their second-placed position in Northern 6A. Lewis Haselock made easy work of his singles games, while doubles pairings Matt Dickin and Jack Simpson, and Jared Bouch and Lewis Winship were victorious in their matches.

The women’s seconds made it an unbeaten afternoon for Edge Hill after defeating UCLAN firsts 5-3 to maintain their mid-table position, although they sit just a point behind Manchester Met in second. Caitlyn Govan and Eleanor Rich won their singles games, with Kithra Glasby and Katelyn Ashmore proving too strong for UCLAN’s second pairing to secure the five points needed for victory.