Hockey: Irwin strike enough to see off Lytham St Annes

Lancaster Nomads beat Lytham St Annes.
Lancaster Nomads beat Lytham St Annes.
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Lancaster Nomads 1st remained top of the Lancashire Women’s Hockey association Division One with a 1-0 victory over Lytham St Annes.

Both teams began the game well with end to end hockey but Nomads gained momentum after a period of good passing play.

Yasmin King came close to putting Nomads ahead when one-on-one with the keeper but a slip in the D allowed a Lytham save.

An excellent pass from the right wing set up Hazel Irwin who put Nomads ahead with a fantastic lifted reverse stick sweep.

Lytham pressed more towards the end of the first half but their penalty corner goal was disallowed for not coming out of the D.

Lytham continued to press in the second half with some good passing play,but Nomads’ strong defensive unit, including man of the match Amy Leck, stifled any attack.

Nomads almost doubled their lead when Janet Woodhouse’s shot reverse flick on target was deemed dangerous.

The afternoon provided further frustration for Nomads when Irwin’s penalty corner goal was disallowed due to a third party obstruction.

Nomads continued to press the Lytham defence and played possibly their best passing game of the season but were unable to add to their tally.

Nomads play bottom of the table Blackpool next Saturday.