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.
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.
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.