The first BUCS fixtures of 2020 provided mixed results for Edge Hill University sides.
League action saw the men’s firsts’ basketball team secure a 78-62 victory at rock-bottom University of Bolton firsts to maintain their promotion bid in Northern Tier 3. Behind after the first quarter, they led by five at half-time and only by three at the end of the third quarter, before scoring 28 points in the final quarter to pull away, with Will Pacitto, Graeme Shaw and new-boy James Duddel instrumental.
There were defeats for the netball firsts – beaten 48-40 at Lancaster firsts despite an impressive display from Liv Hill – and third teams, who lost 29-23 at home to Chester seconds. But there was victory for the seconds, who continued where they’d left off at the end of 2019 with victory, defeating Bolton firsts 55-49 away from home to progress to the next round of the Northern Conference Plate, with Katie Winstone and Ella Clague instrumental in the success.
It was an inauspicious start to the year for the men’s firsts football team, who were overwhelmed by Manchester-based UCFB (Etihad), going down 9-1 at home to the Northern Tier 2 leaders, with Anthony Riddell netting their consolation.
And the men’s seconds badminton team already look like losing their Northern Tier 2 status after a 7-1 defeat at Lancaster seconds left them eight points adrift, with only three fixtures remaining.
There were Ormskirk friendlies for the women’s firsts and men’s seconds football teams against sides from DePauw University, currently visiting the UK from Greencastle, Indiana, USA. The former lost 3-1 – Holly Redmond converting from the spot with the last kick of the match – while the men’s XI went down 3-2.
The women’s firsts hockey team also defeated UCLAN 2-0 in another friendly against opposition closer to home. Em Wymer and Player of the Match, Rhian Lowe, scored the goals both from short corners, while Jenny Shepherd also twice went close to extending the advantage, clipping the post on both occasions.