Hockey: Lancaster back in promotion hunt

Lancaster Hockey Club first team.
Lancaster Hockey Club first team.

Lancaster got themselves back into the promotion hunt in the North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division with victory over Chester on Saturday.

The city side moved back upto third with their first win of 2014, a 2-0 triumph thanks to Nina Klinge’s brace in her final game for the club before moving back to Germany.

The hosts pressured Chester from the start, Nicola Benson, Cath Foy and Alice Clews-Smith all working together on the left-hand side breaking the Chester midfield with short and sharp passes before releasing the ball to Julie Walker and Cathy Park up front.

Lancaster won a number of short corners and were unfortunate not to score, captain Grace Robertson’s powerful strike forcing the goalkeeper to save at full stretch.

But the city side were soon ahead. After good work from Jayde Christeansen, Robertson’s powerful strike was helped into the net by Klinge to give Lancaster the lead at the break.

Chester improved after the interval with home goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale called into making a one-on-one save diving to her right.

After losing a player to a yellow card Lancaster had to defend solidly in the last 15 minutes but they remained composed.

Continuing to attack the D, forcing saves and winning short corners, their second goal came from a short corner where the ball was slipped to Benson on the right who shot to the far post where the calm Klinge blasted it past the keeper to make the game safe.

Elsewhere, Lancaster’s second team were 3-0 winners over Lancaster University, the fourth team lost 3-1 at Pendle Forest while the fifths fell 4-1 at home to Brookfields Ladies.