Week two of the 2019/20 BUCS campaign produced some stand-out performances from Edge Hill University sides.

The men’s rugby union side began their Northern 4A campaign on a high note, shutting out hosts University of Liverpool fourths in securing a 14-0 victory. Alex Gaughan and Harry Deveney crossed in either half, with the latter converting both tries, as the Beavers successfully withstood some heavy second-half pressure.

Last week’s Team of the Week, the women’s firsts football team, again impressed making it 17 goals from their first two league games as they crushed Manchester Metropolitan University 12-4 in Ormskirk, with Ella Pemberton and Daisy Child standing out.

Football first team's goalkeeper Ben Donnelly jumps into the air to save a target on goal
Football first team’s goalkeeper Ben Donnelly in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool John Moores seconds. © Steve Walker from Ormskirk Camera Club

The men’s firsts and seconds both secured a point apiece in their fixtures, the former drawing 3-3 with Liverpool John Moores seconds in Northern 2A – with Joby Patel (2) and Callum Burgess on target – while Lucas Bradley and Mike Roberts netted in the seconds’ 2-2 draw at Manchester Met thirds in Northern 4A, ensuring a useful four-point haul from their successive trips to the city in their first two matches of the campaign.

It was three wins from four for Edge Hill’s netball sides. The firsts were 37-35 winners at Liverpool John Moores firsts in Northern 2A, with Hollie Ticehurst and Hollly Owen impressing, while the seconds eased to a 57-25 win at Manchester Met fourths in Northern 5A. The thirds won 42-27 in Northern 6A at Liverpool Hope women’s thirds but there was no such luck for the fourths, beaten 40-19 by Manchester Met sixth.

In rugby league, Edge Hill firsts fell just short of a first victory of the season, being edged out 12-10 at home to Leeds Beckett seconds in Northern 1A, while there was no joy in basketball as the men’s firsts basketball team went down 101-66 at home to Liverpool John Moores firsts, while the seconds were beaten 57-25 at Keele seconds.

Rugby league first team's Tom Millington holds the ball while surrounded by other players
Rugby league first team’s Tom Millington on the attack during their 12-10 defeat at home to Leeds Beckett. © Chris Mowatt from Ormskirk Camera Club

There were heavy defeats for both women’s hockey teams. The firsts went down 6-0 at home to University of Liverpool women’s seconds in Northern 2A, the match being overshadowed by a serious injury to Lucy Brown late on who was hit in the face by the ball. Fortunately, a lost tooth and split lip was the only consequence. Meanwhile the seconds lost 3-0 at Bangor seconds in Northern 5A with skipper Simone Oldfield commenting: “We were unlucky to lose by that scoreline and were much better than last week, we saw some big improvements.”

In tennis, both the men’s and women’s teams claimed 3-3 draws. The men saw Archie Dubbins earn the key victory in his rubber against UCLAN firsts, while for the women Elise Bond was on form against Leeds Beckett fourths.

Edge Hill's men's tennis player Joe Wilkinson hits the ball
Joe Wilkinson in action for the men’s tennis team. © Steve Walker from Ormskirk Camera Club

Badminton delivered victory in the form of the men’s firsts, who ran out 7-1 winners against University of Liverpool seconds in Northern 3A. Joint-captain Kieran Waters was victorious in both of his singles matches and his double rubber, in a dominant collective display as they made it two wins from two.

The thirds drew 4-4 with Chester seconds in Northern 5A, although there was no such luck for the seconds, beaten 5-3 at home to Lancaster seconds. Joseph Sinnott and Harvey Skinner won both their doubles encounters in straight sets, with Jordan Baron winning his singles rubber.

The women’s firsts were also edged out at University of Liverpool seconds 5-3, with doubles partnership Hannah Burgess and Victoria Smith victorious in their two doubles rubbers.