Hockey: Didsbury leapfrog Lancaster into third

Lancaster Hockey Club fourth team with their new away shirts sponsored by Andy Woods and ADW Decorators.

Lancaster Hockey Club fourth team with their new away shirts sponsored by Andy Woods and ADW Decorators.

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Lancaster fell 2-0 at home to Didsbury Northern in the North Hockey Women’s Premier Division on Saturday.

The result saw the Manchester outfit leapfrog the city side into third in the table at Lancaster University.

In a game played in difficult conditions Lancaster battled hard into a head wind in the opening exchanges.

The first half was end-to-end but Lancaster were unable to convert any of the short corners that were won in the D by Cathy Park and Ali Standeven’s skilful attack.

It was Didsbury who broke the deadlock five minutes before the break however with a reverse stick strike.

They came close again before half-time but goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale scrambled an effort off the line.

In the second half, more short corners came for Lancaster but again their attacks came up short. 
Didsbury doubled their lead from the second phase of a short corner, the shot taking an unfortunate deflection off a defender’s foot and finding the left-hand corner of the goal.

Lancaster tried to get something from the game but it was home ‘keeper Bleasdale who was the busier between the sticks in the final stages, smothering a number of shots in one-on-one situations.

The second team beat Witton Warriors 3-0 to progress to the semi-final of LCWHA Caley Trophy.

Claire Davies, Aveline Cruickshank and Ellie Dorrington got the goals.

The fourth team beat Pendle Forest 3s 3-2 to move into the last four of LCWHA Lishman Plate.

Julie Ashworth put Lancaster ahead with Emma Wood restoring their lead after Pendle had levelled.

Wood then added a second but a Pendle breakaway goal gave them hope of a positive result. Lancaster however stood firm under pressure to secure victory.

Lancaster’s Development Team won 4-2 against South Lakes 2s in the Netherwood Development League.

Emma Wood with two, Eve Dodd and Bethany Fletcher got the goals.