Hockey: Lancaster held at home

Lancaster Hockey Club.
Lancaster Hockey Club.

Lancaster 1s were held to a draw by newly-promoted Neston South Wirral on Saturday.

The hosts were revitalised after their derby defeat at Springfields last time out and went behind from a short corner against the run of play. 
Lancaster kept their composure and were soon level from a short corner of their own with Grace Roberton seeing her initial shot saved before firing home the rebound.

Almost immediately the home side then went ahead with Fiona Crackles working the ball up the left before crossing into the D where Robertson was on hand to fire into the corner.

They weren’t in front for long however with a defensive mix-up allowing Neston to level the game up at 2-2.

There were yellow cards dished out in the second half but neither side could find a winner, Ali Standeven coming closest but her shot came back off the post.

There were defeats for Lancaster 2s and 3s, 7-0 at Northern Ladies 1s and 3-2 at home to Springfields 3s respectively.

The 3s went behind after an evening opening but were soon level through a Jo Higgs tap in after a cross from Eve Dodd.

Lancaster were ahead before half-time, Jess Burrows firing the ball home.

Springfields however levelled things up after the break and as the home side began to tire a deflection found its way in for the Preston side’s third team as they took the lead.

Lancaster 3s couldn’t find a way back into the game and next face local rivals Lancaster Nomads 1s.

Lancaster 4s won their own derby on Saturday, a 4-0 triumph over Lancaster Nomads 2s in their first game of the season.

The deadlock was broken when Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite’s chip fooled the Nomads defence which allowed Fletcher to slot the ball past the keeper.

Megan Rawes’ persistence doubled Lancaster’s lead before the half-time whistle.

Rawes added a second after the interval before Chris Pearson added the fourth with a neat finish.

Lancaster 5s lost 2-0 at home to Blackpool 3s while the Development squad lost 3-0 at home to Kirkby Stephen Juniors on Sunday.