Hockey: Lancaster ladies win final home game of season

Lancaster Hockey Club under 16s.
Lancaster Hockey Club under 16s.

Lancaster Hockey Club’s first team beat fellow strugglers University of Durham Women’s 2s 3-2 in their final home game of the season.

The hosts were determined to end their season on a high and did just that, battling back from behind to gain all three points.

Laura Hayton opened the scoring from a penalty corner, firing a first-time strike past the ‘keeper at the near post.

Lancaster continued to press forward but despite some fine saves from Leighan Bleasdale at the other end, Durham levelled things up via a deflection.

The North East visitors soon turned the game on its head to take a 2-1 lead into half-time.

Lancaster fought back in the second half with Fiona Crackles having a great strike saved from a penalty corner with Ali Standeven on hand to score the rebound and level the scores.

Standeven then gave Lancaster the lead after a fine run from Crackles.

The final 15 minutes were a nervy affair with cards meaning the hosts had to see the game out with 10 players.

Durham pressed but Lancaster held on for a well-deserved win, just their second of the season.

The second team went down 6-1 at Lytham St Annes Ladies 1s, Alice Tidswell getting the goal.

The thirds were awarded 
victory over a Fulwood side who conceded the match.

The promotion-chasing fourth team won 2-0 at Blackpool Ladies 3s with top scorer Bethany Fletcher scoring both goals.

The club’s under 16 squad narrowly missed out on a place in the National Finals of the England Hockey Junior League.

They won 3-0 against Chester but lost 1-0 to Leek and 4-1 to hosts Wakefield.