A LOSS and a win at the weekend saw Alderley Edge Hockey Club men’s team move up to second place in the North Premier League.

It makes their chances of promotion into the Conference North, the second highest league in the country, a real possibility.

The weekend didn’t start well when the men went down 0-1 to University of Durham on Saturday.

However, a Simon Parr hat-trick, one goal from Ben Gregory and a converted penalty stroke from James Warburton against Sheffield Bankers on Sunday earned Edge three valuable points to take them ahead of Didsbury Northern with four games left to play.

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Si Parr

Edge host Wakefield, who are just one point adrift, this weekend.

The club’s women faced extremely well-drilled and fit opposition from University of Durham in their North Premier League fixture and did well to come away with a 1-1 draw.

Edge defended relentless pressure from Durham and Lois McTiffin picked up a loose ball and beat a couple of players before finding player of the match Issy Reynolds Duffy, who slotted the ball beyond the keeper.

Durham managed to draw level with 13 minutes remaining.

The men’s seconds racked up 11 goals for the second time in a month in a comfortable home victory over a struggling Lancaster and Morecambe first team.

The score was 7-0 at half time with Edge keeper Jim Riley’s only involvement in the match being a double save from Lancaster’s sole short corner.

Jack Smith scored four goals and Ed Fluck and Joe Coxon scored two each. Edge’s other scorers in the 11-0 win were Chris Hardy, Andrew Wood and Charles Barnes.