Hockey: Nomads pick up another big victory

Amy Leck.
Amy Leck.

Lancaster Nomads 1st continued their winning form with a 6-1 victory at Witton Warriors in the Lancashire Women’s Hockey Association Division 1.

Nomads entered the game confident after an 8-1 win last Saturday against Lytham.

Rachel Earnshaw put them ahead scoring from a tight angle on the near post during a penalty corner.

Amy Leck assisted the second goal, battling with defenders to set up a tap in for Hazel Irwin.

Sarah Hampson made it 3-0, deflecting a penalty corner strike at the far post.

Witton played a strong counter-attacking game but Nomads’ man of the match Sally Evans along with fellow defenders Helen Stanley, Sonia Etherington and Toni Fagin maintained a solid back line.

Irwin, who last week scored her 150th goal for the club, got the Nomads’ fourth goal when Earnshaw played a pin-point pass for her to finish.

Keeper Hannah Chetwynd Diggle made a few crucial saves in the game and was only beaten once when Witton’s midfield powered through and took a clean strike.

Nomads were awarded a penalty when Irwin was brought down in the ‘D’ by the Witton Keeper which Fagin stepped up to calmly dispatch.

Nomads completed their victory when captain Alison Davies clinically swept in a penalty corner as they moved up to second in the table.

The second team were 2-0 winners over Clitheroe.

The Nomads pushed relentlessly early on and eventually a goal came from a superb cross by Greta Arit on the right which was well nudged in by Kerrie McLaughlin.

Clitheroe’s youngsters tried to break out but the defence of Joanne Banks, Dianne Titterton, Megan Potter and Jane Young kept them at bay.

After some excellent play by Olivia Acton, Janet Woodhouse and Rachel Mackie the ball was slotted neatly into the Clitheroe net by Amy Monkhouse for a second goal that ultimately sealed victory.