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Lucy Brown on the ball against Liverpool. © Steve Walker

Northern Conference Cup action dominated the fixture list for Edge Hill University teams – and there were a plethora of goals to enjoy for many of the winning sides.

Eye-catching results included the hockey first team, who came away with a 4-3 victory at Lancaster seconds – the first time they have reached round two in the competition for five seasons. Connor Lloyd tapped in the opener after good work by Nick Fletcher, before the latter made sure on the goalline from Levente Racz’s effort. The home side pulled one back before Fletcher’s deft drag flick restored the two-goal advantage with his second. After the break, good work by Matthew Stacey and James Aberley set up Lloyd to finish on the reverse and although forced to weather a late comeback they held on, with Ross Hall also claiming the Man of the Match honours.

There were mixed emotions for the men’s football teams. The firsts edged a nine-goal thriller at Manchester Met firsts 5-4, with Dan Warren (2), Liam McNally, Robert Hanslip and Christopher Boyes on target but despite coming back from two-down at half-time to draw 2-2 (Ian Hamilton and Robbie Harrison getting the goals), the seconds lost 4-2 on penalties to Manchester seconds.

The women’s firsts comfortably saw off Leeds Beckett seconds 5-1, making it 22 goals in their three fixtures this term, with Georgia Walmsley, Annabel Ainscough, Cara Bickett (pen) and Eve Davenport (2) on the scoresheet. 

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Cara Bickett fires home the third goal from the sport in Edge Hill’s 5-1 victory over Leeds Beckett. © Steve Walker

There was disappointment for both women’s hockey teams on home soil – the firsts beaten 4-1 by Liverpool women’s thirds (Abigayle Hall on target), while the seconds suffered an 11-1 defeat at the hands of UCLAN women’s firsts, having taken the lead through Madeline Francis. 

It was a mixed day in netball, with the seconds (39-30 against Liverpool fifths) and thirds (25-20 v Manchester sixths) victorious, while the firsts (43-28 at Lancaster seconds) and fourths (32-19 v Liverpool Hope seconds) bowed out of the Northern Conference Bowl.

There were defeats for both the basketball first teams. Liverpool women’s seconds prevailed at home 60-48, despite 19 points from Edge Hill’s Grace Patton, a performance that at least provided positive signs for the rest of the Greens’ campaign. Meanwhile, the men went down 85-66 at home to a Lancaster firsts side who play their league fixtures at a higher level. The Eagles were again hampered by injuries although guards Daniels Eglitis and Michael Wilson impressed.

Will Paccito on the attack against Lancaster. © Steve Walker

The men’s firsts were the big winners in badminton, defeating Keele firsts 5-3, although there was frustration for their female counterparts, who went down 9-8 on overall games won after the tie had ended 4-4 against Manchester seconds.

Positive signs for the women’s seconds in their 5-3 home defeat to Liverpool John Moores thirds – opposition they had lost to 7-1 three weeks earlier – but the men’s seconds were well beaten, 7-1 by Liverpool John Moores firsts.