Top-of-the-table Edge Hill make their point in 10-goal thriller
Heavy snow didn’t just affect commuters in and around Ormskirk on the last Wednesday of January – it also played havoc with Edge Hill University’s BUCS fixture schedule.
It meant indoor sports again took centre stage as the ‘big freeze’ took hold, with the netball, table tennis, badminton and basketball sides in action.
However, it was one of the two outdoor fixtures that beat the weather which provided the performance of the day as the women’s hockey first team came back to secure a 5-5 draw at Bangor firsts in the battle of the top two in Northern 3A.
A high-scoring affair was always likely after Edge Hill had edged an 11-goal thriller back in October, and so it proved again as eight goals were scored in the second half. All square at the break, the visitors led 3-1 early in the second period before Bangor hit four without reply, with the firsts’ late fightback – courtesy of Anna Hollis’ second goal and an Anya Lewis strike – providing a huge boost to the side’s title chances.
Em Wymer and Yas King were the other scorers, while goalkeeper Em Ross landed the Player of the Match plaudits. The point keeps Edge Hill three points clear at the top of the table with three matches left, the first of which is at their other title rival, Manchester thirds, next time out.
It was three home wins from four for the netball teams, with the fourths recording the biggest victory, defeating UCLAN thirds 34-13 to go third in Northern 8A. The seconds beat winless Chester seconds 44-25, while the thirds were 35-27 victors over UCLAN seconds to move to within three points of unbeaten Northern 6A leaders, Manchester fifths. Alas, the firsts couldn’t make it a perfect day, going down 46-19 at their Liverpool counterparts.
There was an eye-catching success for the men’s table tennis side, who claimed a 10-6 victory at UCLAN firsts to record their second league win of the season in Northern 2A. Missing key players, the team of Sam Pierce, Josh Parry, Sim Ray and badminton specialist Ben Williams all contributed, the latter winning on his maiden appearance.
“We’re now looking forward to Varsity, where we’ll face UCLAN again and hopefully come away with yet another win” stated Pierce, with the tournament against Edge Hill’s local rivals set to take place on 27 March in Preston.
There was a whitewash success for the men’s badminton first team, who crushed Lancaster seconds 8-0 away from home to strengthen their position in second place in Northern 3A, while the seconds defeated Manchester thirds 6-2.
However, the other outdoor fixture ended in disappointment for the men’s rugby league side, who went down 34-8 at Northern 1A leaders Durham.