Hockey: Lancaster provide stern test for league leaders

Lancaster Hockey Club's Under 16s in action against Preston.
Lancaster Hockey Club's Under 16s in action against Preston.

Lancaster Hockey Club’s first team produced one of their best performances of the season as they went down 1-0 at home to leaders Bowdon.

The hosts, bottom of the North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division, dominated the early stages but couldn’t find a way through.

With the scores level at the break Lancaster were confident of victory.

Both defences stood firm but it was Bowdon who broke the deadlock from a penalty corner with 15 minutes to play.

Despite battling towards the bottom of the division Lancaster went in search of an equaliser but they couldn’t turn opportunities into a leveller.

The second team are still looking for their first win at the bottom of the North Hockey Women’s League Division 2 North West after a 2-1 defeat at Wigton Ladies 1s.

The third team, second from bottom in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division One, fared no better with a 4-0 defeat at high-flying Springfield Ladies 3s.

Lancaster were 1-0 down at the break after a goal from a short corner but bounced back with some excellent hockey in the early stages of the second half.

With luck deserting them Springfield added their second and third goals in fine style to put Lancaster under real pressure.

The visitors’ heads didn’t drop but the Preston side added a fourth from a short corner with time almost up.

It was a different story for Lancaster’s Under 16s who were 7-0 winners over Preston in their final tier one game in the National Cup competition.

Eve Dodd broke the deadlock before adding a second soon after.

Fiona Crackles scored two goals either side of an Eve Park strike as the goals began to flow.

Preston stood firm in the second period but Emily Verden and Dodd, for her hat-trick, added further gloss to the scoreline.

Victory puts them into the next round and one step away from the National Finals.