Lancaster Hockey Club’s third team beat fellow Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division 1 strugglers Lytham St Annes Ladies 2s 6-2 in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday.
The Fylde coast visitors took an early lead but the hosts kept their heads with Eve Dodd’s reverse stick levelling things up.
Leeanne Grayston-Aldren then fired the ball across the D for Emma Wood who made it 2-1 to Lancaster with her first touch of the game.
The hosts kept up the pressure and forced a series of short corners, two of which were converted by Kelly Kane with strikes from the top of the D.
Lytham pulled a goal back after the break but Katie Benter soon extended Lancaster’s advantage on the rebound after Kane’s original shot had been blocked.
Kane was not to be denied her hat-trick as she completed the scoring and made sure of the player of the match award.
At the other end a series of fine saves from Abi Symons kept the final score 6-2 to the home side.
Lancaster next face Wigton Warriors with five teams battling to stay clear of relegation.
There were defeats for the first, second and fourth teams however on Saturday.
The top team lost 4-0 at Chester Ladies 1s while the seconds went down 2-0 at home to Formby Ladies 1s.
The fourth team were defeated 2-0 at Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 4s.
On Sunday, Lancaster’s Development Team won 3-1 at home to Keswick Ladies 2s.
The visitors went ahead early on despite the best efforts of Lancaster ‘keeper Clare Bicknell.
The hosts soon got into their stride however with Elle Dorrington to the fore.
She created a number of chances, one of which Lily Johnstone met in the D and placed neatly past the Keswick ‘keeper.
The second half saw Lancaster continue to dominate with Dorrington getting her name on the scoresheet with a great strike from the edge of the D.
Great play from the defence right through to the forwards with quick one-two passing and good pitch awareness led to Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle’s goal which made sure of victory.