Hockey: Bottom side Lancaster battle hard at Doncaster

Lancaster Hockey Club.
Lancaster Hockey Club.

Bottom side Lancaster’s tough time in the North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division continued with a 4-1 defeat at Doncaster on Saturday.

The ladies have now lost eight of their 12 matches so far this season and will be determined to show they belong in the division with the Christmas break looming.

After a delayed start in Yorkshire due to the frosty conditions Lancaster showed some attacking promise early on.

It was the second in the table hosts who took the lead however.

After a break down the right Lancaster ‘keeper Leighan Bleasdale stretched to save the initial shot but another attacker followed it in for the rebound, hitting the post before knocking it in to the back of the net.

Doncaster’s second came shortly after from a cross into the D where an attacker was able to find the gap and slot home.

Eve Park and Anya Briggs played well on the wing offering support to the midfield as Lancaster found their luck was out despite creating a number of chances.

On one occasion the ball achingly travelled beyond the reach of Rebecca Airey when the keeper was out of her goal.

Fiona Crackles had a goal disallowed on a short corner due to the umpire feeling it was lifted.

The goal would have given Lancaster the momentum as for 10 minutes they kept possession and dominated play.

But the visitors conceded a third before the break from a drag flick that bypassed the defenders and ‘keeper who found it difficult to follow through the sun.

After the interval Laura Hayton scored Lancaster’s only goal from a well-worked short corner routine that the Doncaster defence were unable to clear.

The hosts soon restored their three-goal advantage however from a deflected shot at the near post.

The travelling team found themselves three players down at one point due to yellow cards but battled hard in the closing minutes.

Despite the defeat Lancaster will take the positives into their final home game of 2014 this Saturday, December 13, when they host Timperley Ladies 1s.

The other Lancaster Hockey Club teams saw their games fall victim to the freezing weather.