Lancaster Hockey Club’s fourth team kept up their push for promotion in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division Three with a 6-3 derby win over Lancaster Nomads 2nds.
Nomads, the visitors, started the stronger and Kerrie McLaughlin scored a fine goal to give them the lead and open the scoring on Saturday.
Lancaster hit back however and the game went from end-to-end, Megan Rawes bringing a fine save from the Nomads’ keeper.
Bethany Fletcher soon levelled but the Nomads were undeterred, goals from Hannah Chetwynd Diggle and a second for McLaughlin putting them into a 3-1 lead.
In a frantic first period Lancaster somehow went into the break ahead however.
Rawes scored twice either side of an Emily Verden equaliser to make it 4-3 to Lancaster at half-time.
Nomads again started the quicker from the whistle with Lancaster camped in their own half for the opening period of the second half.
The pressure was released by Verden who scored a fine solo goal to give Lancaster a two-goal advantage at 5-3.
The game was settled by Fletcher who scored her second to give Lancaster a vital victory that keeps them within touching distance of the promotion places in third.
Elsewhere, Lancaster Hockey Club’s first team went down 3-1 at Sheffield Hallam Ladies in the North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division.
Lancaster, bottom of the table, went behind to Sheffield’s first attacking penalty corner as they made a slow start.
The Yorkshire side added second and third goals to have a 3-0 half-time lead.
Lancaster came back into things after the break, Becca Airey striking a shot against the post.
They got some reward in the form of a goal for Ali Standeven who powered into the D and smashed her shot home after a fine pass from Annie Park.
Sheffield pushed for further goals but Hayley Johns and Holly Farquharson remained strong to keep them out.
Lancaster 2s, without a win at the bottom of the North Hockey Women’s League Division 2 North West, lost 5-0 at home to Carlisle Ladies.
Lancaster Nomads’ first team continued their winning run with a 4-2 victory over Longridge.