Lancaster Hockey Club’s first team picked up their maiden win of the season in Division One of the North Women’s League on Saturday.
The ladies were convincing winners over Morpeth Ladies 3-1 as they took maximum points at the fourth attempt.
Lancaster were ahead five minutes in with Annie Park driving down the byline and pulling the ball back for Julie Walker to fire home with a sweetly-struck first-time strike.
The hosts continued to pile forwards but couldn’t increase their lead before the interval with a fine save and goalline clearance denying Ali Standeven’s strike.
Standeven got her goal after the break though to double Lancaster’s lead and settle some nerves.
After a powerful run through the middle of the pitch she finished calmly into the bottom corner past the on-rushing keeper.
Lancaster then grabbed their third from a penalty corner with a well-worked routine allowing Standeven to convert a drag flick into the bottom corner.
This should have been game over but to Morpeth’s credit they kept pressing and grabbed a goal back from a penalty corner of their own.
The goal set some nerves jangling and with goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale shown a green card, resulting in a two-minute suspension, Laura Hayton was forced to play rushing ‘keeper for the closing stages.
Lancaster held on though for their first three points of the season.
Lancaster: Leighan Bleasdale, Laura Hayton, Mollie Harrison, Anya Briggs, Nina Swarbrick, Hannahlise Morris, Hayley Johns, Rebecca Airey, Kirsty Fairhurst, Elle Dorrington, Ali Standeven (capt), Julie Walker, Annie Park
Lancaster Hockey Club’s second team went down 2-1 at Preston Ladies 2s in the Premier Division of the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association on Saturday.
Lancaster took the lead through a Kelly Kane goal from a penalty corner before two second-half goals took the hosts to victory despite the best efforts of goalkeeper and player of the match Abi Symons.
Lancaster 3s lost 4-0 at Witton Warriors Ladies 1s in Division One while the fourth team were beaten by the same score at Leyland & Chorley Ladies 2s in Division Three in their first game of the season after the opening game had been conceded by Longridge seven days earlier.