BURY men's first team earned their first win of the season at the third attempt, seeing off visitors Lancaster University in fine style to claim a 7-1 victory.

A dominant display saw Bury overwhelm the university team with forwards Jack Marshall-Grint and Joe Perkins both firing hat-tricks to see off the students.

Skipper James Larmett added the seventh, with his first goal of the season as Bury finally found their range following two games that should have seen more points collected.

The welcome win moved Bury up to eighth place in Division Three North of the North West Men's League ahead of Saturday's match at mid-table Kendal.

The men's second team remain sixth in Division Five North South after they lost 5-3 at last year's league champions St Helens.

But, after going into the break trailing 4-2, Bury pushed the home side all the way in a tense second half.

The visitors were up against it after some slack marking allowed St Helens to fire in four goals before the interval, although a brief rally had seen Bury bring it back to 2-2 following goals from Tariq Sheikh and Darren Long.

The Castlebrook outfit dominated the second half, with Darren Long combining with Matthew Westwell and Sam Plant to slide home his second of the game.

Andrew Foster then came close to levelling the scores again, before a rare St Helens attempt on goal deflected in off Sameer Sheikh to restore the home side's two goal lead.

Although Bury pressed, and had a further goal ruled out, they could not claim what would have been a deserved point.

Both ladies’ teams fell to 1-0 defeats at home over the weekend, the firsts losing to Manchester Moss Park in Division One of the Greater Manchester Hockey Association and the seconds edged out by Salford University in Division Two.

The results left the first team fourth in the table, while the seconds slipped to eighth following their third straight defeat.