Tennis captain Joe Wilkinson swings his racket to backhand the ball.
Captain Joe Wilkinson helped his side clinch the Northern Tier 3 league title.

Several Edge Hill University teams have signed off their British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) campaigns in style.

A total of 10 victories were recorded from 15 fixtures and a third Edge Hill team in 2019/20 were able to celebrate in style after securing league title glory.

The men’s firsts tennis squad clinched the Northern Tier 3 title after captain Joe Wilkinson led his squad to a 6-0 victory over Chester firsts. Wilkinson, along with Oliver Macneil, Archie Dubbins, Alex Clare and Luke Myles combined to secure the result which confirms promotion with one fixture remaining.

The women’s firsts tennis squad were also in action but were shocked 4-2 by lowly UCLAN firsts, although they had already guaranteed second place in Northern Tier 3 regardless of the outcome.

The men’s badminton firsts made it 14 wins from 14 but the Northern Tier 3 champions were made to work by Lancaster seconds, eventually running out 5-3 winners.

The result completes a perfect 100% success record in Northern Tier 3 and was the ideal preparation ahead of the Northern Conference Cup final against Hull firsts, who themselves have a perfect record in winning Northern Tier 2.

The women’s firsts also rounded off their league campaign with victory, seeing off Bangor firsts 6-2 to finish fourth in Northern Tier 2. But it was another disappointing final day for the men’s seconds, who won only one rubber in their defeat to Chester firsts.

The rugby union first team's James Price leaves three members of the opposing team heading to the ground as he sets off with the ball.
James Price breaks through three challenges. © Steve Walker

In rugby union the men’s firsts had a good day, racking up a 69-22 win over Liverpool fourths to secure second place in Northern Tier 4 behind unbeaten champions Liverpool Hope firsts.

The men’s hockey firsts’ outside hopes of a second successive promotion were dashed as they became the only Edge Hill side to share the spoils on the day, playing out an eight-goal thriller with Chester firsts. 

Nick Fletcher deflected in their opener but the Greens were made to pay for missed chances as the visitors leveled before the break. Early in the second half, the hosts were reduced to nine players after two players were sin-binned for contesting umpiring decisions which led to Chester taking advantage to race into a 4-1 lead.

Captain Matthew Stacey struck to reduce the deficit and, back to full strength, Man of the Match Fletcher and Connor Lloyd netted to complete the scoring.

Football firsts goalkeeper Ben Donnelly, wearing a purple shirt, holds the ball in his right hand and leans back ready to throw it forward.
Edge Hill firsts goalkeeper Ben Donnelly helped his side see off Chester. © Clare Southall

The women’s seconds hockey team also ran out 5-1 winners at Keele seconds to secure third spot in Northern Tier 5, with Megan McGlashan (2), Deanna Kendall, Yasmin Torres and Alisha Cunningham on the scoresheet.

The men’s firsts football team turned on the style in defeating second-placed Chester firsts 6-2 to end their Northern Tier 3 campaign on a high but there was no such joy for the seconds, beaten 5-2 by Manchester thirds which means they finish fourth in Northern Tier 4.

Despite finishing bottom of Northern Tier 5, the men’s seconds’ basketball team claimed just their second league victory to finish on a positive note, defeating Bradford seconds 67-47. Will Pacitto secured the Most Valuable Player honours for the Eagles courtesy of his efforts at both ends of the court.

Netball also delivered three wins from four fixtures with only the firsts going down to defeat 68-23 versus Liverpool firsts. 

Netball seconds' Katie Winstone holds the ball in her right hand and prepares to launch it.
Katie Winstone helped the netball seconds defeat Liverpool John Moores. © Chris Mowatt

The seconds defeated Liverpool John Moores thirds 39-27 to finish third in Northern Tier 5, with Katie Winstone, Ella Clague, Emily Ralph and Alicia Tierney impressing.

Beth Winter and Zoe Strickland were on form as the thirds saw off Manchester Met fifths 41-35 to finish third in Northern Tier 6, while the fourths’ 30-24 win over Northern Tier 8 bottom-side UCLAN thirds was helped by the efforts of Harriet Allpress and Lucie Gowans.