Molly, wearing the EHU green jersey, kicks the ball while three players from the opposite team try to tackle her.
Molly Barton was on the scoresheet in Edge Hill’s 9-3 demolition of Manchester. © Chris Mowatt

Another week, another glut of goals involving Edge Hill University women’s firsts football team who are closing in on the Northern Tier 2 title.

This time there were 12 goals in all – with the Greens scoring nine of them – in a 9-3 demolition of Manchester firsts. 

One-down early on, Bel Ainscough’s classy finish brought the scores level before a brace from Ella Pemberton made it 3-1 at the break. Pemberton completed her hat-trick in the second half, with Georgia Parkinson and Molly Barton also among the goal-scorers, with Manchester mustering their responses late on.

It’s now over 60 goals in nine fixtures in league and cup this term for the champions elect, who need only one more point from their remaining three fixtures to secure the league. 

Kieran Waters lunges towards the shuttlecock with the badminton racket in his right hand.
Kieran Waters helped the firsts make it a perfect 10 in badminton.
Two mens football firsts reach out for a hug in celebration.
Joy for the mens football firsts, who celebrate a goal in their triumph over Liverpool. © Steve Walker

Another team in dominant form in 2019/20 is the men’s firsts badminton squad. They made it 10 wins from 10 in all competitions after reaching the semi-final of the Conference Cup by defeating higher division opposition in the form of Liverpool John Moores University firsts, 5-3. Singles wins came from Kieran Waters and Joseph Hatton, Matthew Latham and Blu Holgate teamed up to earn the points in their rubbers, before Sam Pierce and Jack Hales eased to a straight-sets triumph in the final match-up to secure victory.

The men’s firsts football team celebrated a significant scalp, after defeating Liverpool 4-2 to boost their hopes of retaining their Northern Tier 2 status, although the seconds went down by the odd goal in five, 3-2 to Northern Tier 4 leaders UCLAN seconds.

The women’s hockey seconds made it an aggregate total of 22-0 this term against Wrexham Glyndwr University firsts after easing to a 10-0 victory in north Wales. Megan Mcglashan (4), Yasmin Torres (2), Carla Jones, Madeline Francis, Deanna Kendall and Simone Oldfield claimed the goals in what was their second successive league victory.

Lucy Brown chases the hockey ball as an opposing player races after her.
Lucy Brown in possession for the firsts hockey team. © Ian Shard

There was no such success for the firsts, who remain pointless in Northern Tier 1 after a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool John Moores. Beaten 8-0 in the reverse fixture, there were many positives to take from the encounter. Two-down in the first half, great play from Imogen Kelly and Abigayle Hall led to a goal for Shannen Robinson before the break. Goalkeeper Em Ross and defender Rhian Lowe shone in a sterling rearguard action, and it was only until the last 10 minutes when the Greens’ resistance was finally broken, with the hosts netting two late goals.

Ben Legge dives to the ground holding the rugby ball to score a try.
Ben Legge scored a hat-trick of tries in the Tigers’ defeat of Coventry. © Ian Shard

Both rugby code men’s first teams enjoyed good days at the office. The union side outclassed Northern Tier 4 bottom side Keele seconds 62-0, while in league Coventry firsts were well beaten 46-12 – the Tigers’ third successive success. Ben Legge (3), Matthew Jagger (2), Brandon Scully, Joe Heaton (who also kicked five conversions), Alex Fitzhenry and Saul Moulden crossed, with Liam Donnelly also impressing on his debut. And in tennis, the men’s firsts celebrated their return to action with a 4-2 victory over Keele firsts.

There was one win and three defeats in netball, the seconds victorious 38-37 over Lancaster thirds. Despite the efforts of Jaz Lowe, the firsts went down 52-38 to Bangor firsts, while the thirds lost 46-40 to Liverpool fifths and the fourths went down 73-20 to Liverpool John Moores fourths.

Edge Hill University's Jess Baker runs while holding the basketball and a member of the opposition team tries to deflect her.
Jess Baker holds off her opponent for the women’s basketball firsts. © Steve Walker

It was a tough day at the office for the women’s basketball firsts, going down 103-27 to University of Liverpool, and they will also have to do without popular American guard Gracey Patton for the rest of the campaign following the end of her stay in the UK. Their male counterparts also went down to defeat, 109-84 to Manchester seconds.