The women's football team gathered together on the pitch jumping for joy, with some players spraying bottles of prosecco over them in celebration
The women’s firsts celebrate their success © Steve Walker

It was Edge Hill University’s women’s firsts football team who again shone on another busy week of BUCS action as they claimed the Northern Tier 2 title with an impressive 12-2 victory over UCLAN in Ormskirk.

Ella Pemberton led the way with six of the goals – the first coming after only 15 seconds – with Bel Ainscough, Cara Bickett (pen), Katie Evans, Molly Barton, Eve Davenport and Charlie Hignett also on target.

That’s now 77 goals in 10 fixtures, with the Green Army left to aim for more of the same in their final two games to round 2019/20 off in style.

Two Edge Hill women's footballers in the centre, one of them leading on the ball, while being surrounded by three of the opposition
Cara Bickett scored from the spot as Edge Hill secured the Northern Tier 2 title in style © Chris Mowatt

Meanwhile, the men’s firsts were unfortunate to go down 4-3 (aet) to UCFB (Etihad) in the last eight of the Northern Conference Cup, the Manchester-based side having already claimed the Northern Tier 2 title. It took a late free-kick to end the Greens’ challenge, who were beaten heavily by the same opposition in their first fixture of 2020, and will give them hope of retaining their status at this level from their remaining league fixtures. 

The men’s badminton firsts made it 11 straight wins for the campaign as they reached the Northern Conference Cup final following a 6-2 victory over Northern Tier 1 leaders, Manchester seconds. Captain Kieran Waters and Joseph Hatton were the key architects of the success, winning both their singles matches to put the Greens in command, while the other points came via two wins for doubles pair Matthew Latham and Blu Holgate.

There was reason to be cheerful, too, for the women’s seconds team, who secured their first victory of the season courtesy of a 5-3 defeat of Lancaster seconds.

An Edge Hill badminton player jumping up with his racquet poised behind his head to hit the shuttlecock with some force
Blu Holgate prepares to smash © Ian Shard

Rugby league saw an impressive comeback – unfortunately it was Edge Hill who were on the wrong end of the it. The Tigers led 26-0 thanks to a hat-trick of tries from Ben Legge – for the second successive match – Saul Moulden and Connor Leyland, with Joe Heaton kicking the extras. But opponents Northumbria seconds came roaring back to score 30 unanswered points and claim an unlikely triumph. The firsts will look to hit back when they face Liverpool next-up in cup action.

Victory in hockey came from the women’s seconds, who held off Keele seconds 2-1 to claim a third successive victory. Yasmin Torres and Deanna Kendall were the first-half scorers, which proved enough to secure the points in Northern Tier 5.

The men’s firsts were unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a 3-2 reverse at Manchester Met firsts, bowing out of the quarter-final of the Northern Conference Cup in the process. James Aberley gave the Greens the lead early in the second half from a short corner, and it was the same source – via the taker, Connor Lloyd – seeing his strike deflected in to level matters after two quick goals put the hosts ahead. But a cruel twist came in the form of a last-minute winner from another short corner gave Met victory. 

Alas, the women’s firsts were well beaten, injuries to key players a key factor in their 5-0 defeat by Lancaster firsts.

An Edge Hill netball player with her right leg raised as she holds the ball over her head ready to make a pass
Holly Owen seeks out a pass © Clare Southall

Netball delivered one win and two defeats – the thirds coming out on top, with Kiera Wosser and Beth Duncan helping inspire a 35-30 victory over Liverpool Hope firsts. The firsts went down 50-34 to their Lancaster counterparts despite the efforts of Lauren Kelsall and Jaz Lowe, while silverware will elude the seconds this term after going down 59-33 to Salford firsts, with Ella Clague and Alicia Tierney earning special mention for their efforts.

A rare run-out for the women’s volleyball side also produced cup victory, 3-2 over Bangor firsts, which sees them move into the semi-finals of the competition.