Hockey: High-flying Durham snatch narrow win against Lancaster

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

Lancaster slipped to a last-minute 3-2 defeat at home to high-flying University of Durham 2s in the North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division on Saturday.

The result leaves the city side sixth entering the final weeks of the season.

The first meeting between the sides ended in a draw and the return game started at a frantic pace with the visitors opening the scoring on 15 minutes.

Lancaster lost possession in centre field and Durham quickly capitalised to get their noses in front before adding a second shortly before half-time.

The home side weren’t out of things yet however as a well-worked move ended with Ali Standeven converting easily to reduce the arrears to one after the interval.

The goal gave Lancaster a new lease of life and from a short corner captain Grace Robertson levelled the game up at 2-2.

It meant the hosts could sense an unlikely victory but with just one minute remaining Durham snatched the victory as they scored from a short corner via a deflection off the left-hand post.

Elsewhere, the club’s third team lost 1-0 at Springfields Ladies 3s in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division One.

There was more success for the fourths however who were 2-1 victors at home to Preston Ladies 3s.

The home side started the stronger and their early dominance was rewarded.

A well-worked ball from midfield was met by Eve Dodd on the edge of the D who fired it towards the Preston goal with the effort being tapped in at the far post by Emma Wood.

Preston levelled from a penalty corner after goalkeeper Hayley Mills had initially pulled off a good save.

An end-to-end battle ensued in the second half with captain Julie Ashworth keeping her cool to fire in the winner.

Lancaster’s fifth team slipped to seventh in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division Three after a 2-0 defeat at second in the table Longridge Ladies 3s on Saturday.

The game was level at the break but the home side took their chances and the victory despite the best efforts of Lancaster and their players of the match Olivia Taylor and Camille Whitby.

The following day, the club’s development team drew 0-0 at Keswick Ladies in a rearranged Cumbrian Netherwood League Division One fixture.

Lancaster had the majority of possession and marshalled by manager Cairine Scullion the visitors rarely looked in trouble at the back but theycouldn’t find a way past the experienced Keswick goalkeeper.