Footballer Chris Bather with his right leg poised in the air ready to kick the ball, while trying to avoid a tackle from the opposing team
Callum Bather on the ball for the firsts, who enjoyed a fine comeback victory at Lancaster © Chris Mowatt

Despite a reduced fixture schedule, the final week of BUCS action in 2019 provided some headline performances, and reason to suggest silverware will be winging its way to Ormskirk in the new decade.

The men’s firsts football team signed off the calendar year with a memorable comeback revenge victory on the road at Lancaster firsts.

Two-down in the second half, against opposition they’d been beaten by seven days earlier on home soil, two goals from Anthony Riddel and a strike from Luke Salters completed an impressive turnaround over their Varsity rivals.

Kieran Waters was twice victorious in the 6-2 defeat of University of Manchester © Ian Shard

The men’s firsts badminton team overcame the absence of key players to secure an impressive 6-2 victory over University of Manchester thirds. Blu Holdgate and Isaak Dalglish teamed up for the first time and were twice victorious in their doubles encounters, before usual doubles specialist Matthew Latham and Kieran Waters claimed two wins apiece in their singles matches to secure the success. That made it a perfect eight wins from eight in the first half of the campaign – six of them in Northern Tier 3 which they top, three points ahead of nearest challengers, Chester firsts. 

Edge Hill’s women’s hockey sides will be hoping for improvement in 2020 after rounding off this year’s fixtures with two defeats. The firsts went down 4-1 to their Lancaster counterparts, with Imogen Kelly setting up Abigayle Hall for their goal which saw impressive displays from Nadina Skinner and Emily Hall. The seconds – for whom Carla Jones and Emma Pritchard stood out – lost 3-1 to Chester seconds, having taken a first-half lead through Cara Mills.

Beth Woodburn pivoting with the netball, ready to defeat the opposing player who is poised to attack
Beth Woodburn helped the seconds defeat Liverpool John Moores © Ian Shard

In netball, the women’s seconds claimed an impressive 41-33 victory at Liverpool John Moores thirds. But there was no similar road success for the men’s firsts’ basketball side despite useful contributions from Will Pacitto and Lewis Hardman and with Daniels Eglits top-scoring with 26 points, the Eagles running Northern Tier 3 title-challengers University of Manchester seconds close before going down 66-58.

One other triumph to report came via Edge Hill’s American Football squad, the Vikings making it 5-0 earlier this month in their final fixture of 2019 with a 30-2 triumph over Bangor, a result that put them four points clear at the top of Northern Tier 2.