Hockey: Difficult day for Lancaster sides

Action from Pendle Forest v Lancaster 2s.
Action from Pendle Forest v Lancaster 2s.

Lancaster Hockey Club’s first team’s tough run went on with a 6-0 defeat at home to Doncaster Ladies 1s on Saturday.

It has been a testing few weeks for the young squad but they came out fighting again in what was another difficult North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division encounter.

Doncaster started brightly and put Lancaster under immediate pressure but the hosts kept their discipline and held their shape well, thwarting any opportunities Doncaster created.

Despite being on the back foot after 25 minutes it was still goalless and Doncaster were becoming frustrated as Lancaster refused to give them time on the ball.

The home side capitalised on Doncaster’s mistakes but were unable to turn chances into goals.

They were made to pay as the Yorkshire side took the lead after a series of short corners via a wicked deflection.

It was an advantage they took into the half-time interval, but encouraged by their first-half performance, Lancaster were well in the game.

Heather Andrew drove her side forward and after a penalty corner saw a goal correctly chalked off for a technicality.

It was as good as things got as Doncaster immediately broke down field to double their advantage.

Lancaster kept pressing forward knowing they had to look for goals but their attacking intent left them susceptible to counter-attacks.

Doncaster introduced fresh legs and as they hosts grew tired the visitors added a further four goals in the final quarter of an hour to give the scoreline and flattering look.

Lancaster 2s lost 3-1 at Pendle Forest 1s in North Hockey Women’s League Division Two North West on a difficult weekend for the club.

The third team exited the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Caley Trophy with a 5-2 defeat at Witton Warriors Ladies 1s.

It was four defeats out of four as the 4s went out of the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Lishman Plate with a 3-0 derby defeat at home to Springfields Ladies 4s.

The difference in levels showed as the higher division side from Preston moved into the next round.

The scoreline however didn’t reflect the efforts of Lancaster 4s as they battled against constant waves of Springfields attacks.

The ever-improving Lily Armer picked up the player of the match award as she continues to improve week on week.