Hockey: Tough weekend for Lancaster sides

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Lancaster Hockey Club’s first team are still without a win since the opening day after a 4-1 defeat at home to Didsbury Northern Ladies 1s in North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division on Saturday.

The home side’s young defensive partnership of Laura Hayton and Mollie Harrison managed to keep the visitors at bay early on with Leighan Bleasdale saving an onslaught of shots in the opening quarter of an hour.

Lancaster couldn’t find an outlet however and soon went behind.

They found possession easier to come by in the second half with Fiona Crackles and Hayley Johns to the fore. But as they pressed for a leveller Didsbury doubled their advantage on the counter.

It was quickly three and then four for the visitors but Lancaster kept pressing.

Fiona Cackles pulled a consolation goal back but time wasn’t on the side of the hosts as Disbury took the three points.

The club’s second team fared no better on Saturday, losing 4-1 at University of Liverpool Women’s 1s in the North Hockey Women’s League Division 2 North West.

After the hosts had gone in front Lancaster levelled up through Julie Walker after some good work from Rebecca Airey.

But that was as good as things got with University of Liverpool pulling clear in the second half.

Lancaster’s third team lost 5-0 at home to the unbeaten Leyland and Chorley Ladies 1s to make it a hat-trick of defeats but there was success for the top of the table fourth team who won 3-1 at Leyland and Chorley Ladies 2s in Division Three of the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association.

The 4s remained unbeaten with the win despite Leyland and Chorley going in front.

Beth Fletcher got the final of the three goals as Lancaster set themselves up perfectly for this weekend’s derby with Lancaster and Morecambe.

To complete a largely disappointing weekend, Lancaster 5s are still looking for their first goal of the season after losing 1-0 at home to Lytham St Anne’s Ladies 3s while the Development Team drew 1-1 at Keswick Ladies 2s, Emily Verden scoring an excellent individual goal.