13th November 2017, 15:57 | university

First defeat for Northumbria as Edge Hill go joint top

First defeat for Northumbria as Edge Hill go joint top

Northern 1A round-up

By Lewis Scott

Northern 1A division league leaders Northumbria A went down to their first defeat of the 2017/18 campaign on Wednesday afternoon, losing 30-18 away at Edge Hill in a top-of-the-table clash.

Two tries and five goals from full-back Lewis Fairhurst saw Edge Hill bounce back from last week's disappointing defeat away to Liverpool John Moores, where they went down to a 48-12 defeat.

Backs Sam Roylance and Matthew Mollard also got on the scoresheet for the hosts, alongside prop Elliot Bridges.

In an end-to-end contest, the Lancashire side ran into an early 12-0 lead before Northumbria hit back in spectacular style.

Scores from hooker Fletcher Gates and Gregg Thompson from the interchange either side of half-time brought the visitors level.

It would get better for the league leaders as Keiron Lewis put his side ahead for the first time in the game with 20 minutes to play. He converted his own score give his side a six-point lead.

However, Edge Hill were soon level once more and two tries in the final 15 minutes ensured the hosts would claim the points and Northumbria would go down with their first defeat of the season.

Edge Hill captain Josh Mousdell said: "It was great to see the lads bounce back after last week's defeat away at Liverpool John Moores.

"It was a top result against the league leaders. We stuck together as a team and worked as a unit to overcome a really tough opposition."

Edge Hill: Lewis Fairhurst, Liam Cook, Sam Roylance, Cory Bennie, Matthew Mollard, Jason Holland, Nathan Taylor, Sam Makin, Tom Flowers, Elliot Bridge, Ash Catherall, Josh Mousdell, Tom Millington. Subs: Sam Kershaw, Conor McIntyre, Eliot Scnalon-Wells, Conor Johnson.

Northumbria A: Joe Morris, Conor Flanagan, Jack Redfern, Adam Todhunter, Johnny Binns, Keiran Lewis, Rob Denton, Chris Pattison, Fletcher Gates, Toby Williams, Cameron Moore, Luke Dennis, Max Colley. Subs: Jack Meggitt, Joey Bell, Gregg Thompson, Elliot Smith.


Elsewhere in the Northern 1A division, a brace from half-back David Harrison wasn't enough for Sheffield away at Leeds Beckett A, as they lost 39-20 on Wednesday.

Serious injuries to winger Matt Formstone (dislocated shoulder) and prop Joe Hammond (broken wrist) rubbed salt into the wounds of the South Yorkshire side who dropped to the bottom of the division.

Captain Marcus Stock reflected on the loss saying: "It was a tough day at the office.

"I thought our middles played really well but we let in some soft tries. There are positives to take forwards with players new to the game like Shinya Kantake getting better every week."

In the final game of the round, Manchester Metropolitan went above Liverpool John Moores in the table with a 32-24 victory on Wednesday evening.

In a tight contest at Platt Lane, Manchester came from behind late in the game with 12 men after an earlier sending off, to take the win and lift them to third in the table.