Silverware remains in sight for some of Edge Hill University’s sports teams as the BUCS season speeds towards its conclusion.
The women’s football team were given a huge psychological advantage ahead of the Varsity match at the end of the month when they recovered from an early setback to defeat UCLAN firsts 4-1 in Ormskirk.
Lea Winter equalised UCLAN’s ninth-minute opener just after the half-hour, and Ruby Howard struck before the break. Player of the Match Annabel Ainscough made her mark with two goals in the second half to complete the scoring and maintain their two-point advantage over Manchester firsts, who have a game in hand. That statistic will be irrelevant if they can win their final fixture in what will be the Northern 2A title decider next time out in Fallowfield; anything less and the championship will likely be heading down the M62.
Edge Hill men’s rugby league side warmed up for their Trophy semi-final against Northumbria with a 48-20 Northern 1A home victory over Salford firsts in the final league fixture of the campaign – a result which secured second spot in the division. The injury-plagued Tigers recovered from a poor start to overpower their visitors. Two points down at the interval, the home side took advantage of a tiring Salford side to pull away late on. Josh Mousdell claimed a hat-trick of tries with Tom Millington (2), Harry Phillips, Jobe Frederick Roxby, Brett Ashurst and Gregory Antonio also crossing – while England Universities’ Nathan Taylor kicked 12 points.
The already promoted men’s firsts’ hockey team shared 10 goals in a remarkable fixture against a Manchester thirds team who needed the point to confirm their Northern 3A status. Injuries and course commitments meant Edge Hill only had 12 players available, but it was 2-2 at the break thanks to strikes from Jac Horwood and Man of the Match, Connor Lloyd. But Manchester turned the screw in the second half, racing into a 5-2 lead with eight minutes to go, with the home side’s unbeaten league run set to end. But Ross Gordon’s solo goal seemed to ignite Edge Hill – and cause jitters for the visitors. Soon after James Aberley made it 5-4 and, with two minutes remaining, Lloyd lifted the ball over the Manchester keeper to make it 5-5 and secure the most unlikely of points.
The men’s tennis team enjoyed a fine victory on the road, crushing lowly Manchester Met firsts 10-2 to confirm a top-three spot in Northern 3A. Joe Wilkinson, Luke Myles, Oliver Macneil and Alex Burton were all victorious in their singles rubbers, with Wilkinson/Macneil and Burton/Luke Blackburn victorious in their doubles encounters. Their final fixture is at Keele firsts, with the winners likely to confirm second place behind champions Liverpool seconds.
In badminton, an 8-0 whitewash victory for the men’s firsts has secured second spot in Northern 3A behind Manchester seconds, while the women’s seconds lost 6-2 at Manchester Met firsts in their final fixture of the Northern 3A campaign, a result which leaves them in mid-table.
There was agony for the men’s table tennis side, who rounded off their Northern 2A campaign by going down to a 9-8 defeat at Manchester seconds, while there were home losses for the netball thirds, mid-table in Northern 6A, who were beaten 33-26 by Chester thirds, and the men’s firsts’ rugby union outfit, who went down 42-5 to Bangor firsts in their final game of a disappointing Northern 3A season.