Ben Legge’s four-try haul for the rugby league first team was the pick of the individual performances for Edge Hill University sports teams as the BUCS season closes in on the Christmas break.

The Tigers romped to their biggest victory of the season, downing Manchester Met 54-6. They ran in 10 tries in all, with Tom Millington, Nathan Taylor, Ashley Mennell, Jacob Ashley, Brad Calland and Matthew Jaggar also scoring.

It was a good week for Taylor – who kicked the other points against Met – Calland and Jason Holland, all of them try-scorers in the North West’s 24-22 victory over Yorkshire in an England Universities Regional Game at the University of Birmingham, with Edge Hill’s Millington and Sam Makin also featuring in the trial match.

Connor Lloyd fires home the first-half equaliser against Manchester Met in hockey.
Connor Lloyd fires home the first-half equaliser against Manchester Met. © Steve Walker

The men’s hockey firsts played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Manchester Met firsts. Having gone behind early, good work from Will Bookless set up top scorer Connor Lloyd for the leveller before the break. Nick Fletcher played in Matthew Stacey to put Edge Hill ahead early in the second half, before Met hit back first to level, and then lead with 10 minutes left.

But a short corner saw James Aberley’s effort stopped, only for the rebound to fall to Ross Gordon, who finished on the volley to earn a deserved point. Alas, there was another defeat for the women’s seconds, beaten 5-0 by Liverpool John Moores seconds. 

Celebrations for the football seconds as Will Pitt’s strike claimed victory over Manchester.
Celebrations for the seconds as Will Pitt’s strike claimed victory over Manchester. © Steve Walker

The men’s firsts football team went down 3-1 to Lancaster thirds, with Liam McNally scoring their consolation although goals from Ian Hamilton and Will Pitt gave the seconds a 2-1 victory over Manchester seconds.

And it was goals galore again for the women’s firsts, who overwhelmed Bangor firsts 13-4 to enhance their league title credentials. Ella Pemberton scored four of the goals, with Charlie Hignett claiming a hat-trick while Annabel Ainscough, Cara Bickett and Laura Barlow were also among the goalscorers – they have now scored 44 in their six league and cup fixtures this term.

The men’s first rugby union team returned to winning ways in seeing off Lancaster thirds 32-18. Shaun Tipping, Ben Brown (2), Harry Neild, Tom Cannon and Harry Deveney crossed in what proved a professional performance – although the women’s firsts failed to get on the score sheet in a heavy defeat to Lancaster firsts (48-0).

Lucia Neri runs with the basketball as she's chased by a Liverpool John Moores player.
 Lucia Neri on the attack against Liverpool John Moores. © Ian Shard

Basketball delivered victory for the men’s seconds, 63-44 victors over York St John seconds, while the women’s firsts produced arguably their best performance of the season in their 71-43 defeat to Liverpool John Moores firsts.

Kyra Simpson lunges forward as she aims to hit the shuttlecock with her racket.
Kyra Simpson in action against Chester. © Ian Shard

In badminton, there were victories for the firsts, 8-0 victors over the seconds, and the thirds, who defeated Liverpool John Moores seconds 7-1 – while the women’s seconds were beaten 6-2 to Chester firsts.

And in netball, there was no luck for the firsts (35-24 v Bangor firsts), seconds (42-37 v Manchester fifths) and fourths (45-28 v Salford seconds), with all three teams falling to defeat.