Men's Firsts Team Player Daniel Warren with his right foot on top of the ball, ready to avoid a tackle
Men’s Firsts Team Player Daniel Warren © Chris Mowatt

Big wins were enjoyed for Edge Hill University in football, hockey, badminton, tennis and volleyball as Northern Conference Cup fixtures again took centre stage.

The men’s firsts eased to a 5-0 victory over Keele firsts, with Darren Brannigan (2), Daniel Warren, Nathan Bibby and Robert Hanslip scoring the goals, while in futsal a Ryan Hulse double – the latter coming in the final minute of extra-time – earned cup progress at the expense of UCFB (Etihad).

However, there was a shock defeat for the women’s firsts, who went down to their first loss of the season, 4-2, at the hands of University of Leeds seconds.

Megan Burns poised and at the ready to take the goal with her hockey stick outstretched, avoiding the attack from another player
Megan Burns going for goal against Wrexham Glyndwr University © Ian Shard

The women’s seconds hockey team took advantage of a numerical advantage against Wrexham Glyndwr University, easing to a 12-0 home victory. Yasmin Torres (4), Megan Burns (3), Megan McGlashan, Carla Jones, Cara Mill, Deanna Kendall and Simone Oldfield struck for the hosts – with Torres unsurprisingly earning the Player of the Match honours.

The men’s firsts got back to winning ways in whitewashing Lancaster 6-0 in tennis, while Isaak Dalglish earned victories in singles and doubles as the badminton firsts defeated Liverpool thirds 7-1. And in volleyball, the women’s firsts were 3-0 victors over Liverpool John Moores, with Elisa Grandjean, Gaia Germani and Georgia Challinor impressing in the straight sets victory which sealed a quarter-final spot.

A montage of Badminton player Isaak Daglish, with a photo on the left side showing him dropped to his knees and clutching his fists, celebrating a win. The top right image shows him diving close to the ground to hit the shuttlecock, and the bottom right image shows him fallen to the ground just after he hit the shuttlecock
Isaak Daglish was victorious in singles and doubles for the firsts © Ian Shard

Alas, there was disappointment for both rugby union XVs. The women surrendered a 19-5 interval advantage – Amy Sunderland and Emily Hartsorn amongst their scorers – to go down 30-29 to Liverpool, while the men lost 24-21 to Manchester Met.

The men’s rugby league team also went down to defeat, 32-24 in a topsy-turvy encounter at Northumbria, with Ben Legge, Matthew Jaggar, Brad Calland, Spencer Salisbury and Tom Millington claiming the Tigers’ tries.