Men's basketball player Jacob Graham, holding a basketball at head height with both hands, poised to shoot, while wearing a green Edge Hill University basketball vest
Men’s first’s basketball’s Jacob Graham © Ian Shard

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.

A team of women in the middle of a netball court, shaking hands after a match, half dressed in Edge Hill uniforms and half from the Chester netball team
Game over for the women’s thirds, who ran Chester seconds close © Ian Shard

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.

A goalkeeper running to deflect the ball as a member of the men's second football team, poises to shoot the ball with his left foot, while lifting his right arm in the air
The men’s second team were on the wrong end of the scoreline in a five-goal thriller against touring DePauw University © Ian Shard

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.

The women's hockey team posing for a photo on the hockey pitch with five women on the front kneeling and smiling, and eight women at the back with their keeper in the middle and coach, a man in a big blue coat, stood to the right of them
The women’s first hockey squad lined-up ahead of their friendly against UCLAN