Hockey: Lancaster slip to fifth with Bowden defeat

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

A below-par Lancaster slipped to fifth in the North Hockey Women’s League Premier Division after a 7-2 defeat at Bowden Ladies 2 on Saturday.

The hosts took the lead inside the first five minutes with the visitors responding well, captain Grace Robertson scoring an excellent reverse stick hit.

But when Bowden went ahead for a second time to take a 2-1 half-time lead it seemed to break Lancaster’s resistance.

Bowden added five more goals after the break with Ian Hunter’s side only having a drag flick strike from Robertson to show for their efforts.

Lancaster’s second team had more success however, getting the better of Lancaster and Morecambe Ladies 1 2-0 in their local derby.

It was a result that saw them get revenge at the University of Cumbria after defeat earlier in the season and cement top spot in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Premier Division.

Morecambe started strongly but Lancaster stood firm and goals in each half from Kirsty Fairhurst and Claire Davies gave them victory.

Lancaster’s third team fell 3-1 at home to Pendle Forest 2 in the Division One of the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association.

Jo Higgs gave the hosts the lead after good work from Lou Taylor but that was as good as it got for Lancaster.

Pendle soon hit back and added some gloss to the final scoreline by converting two short corners in the final 10 minutes of play.

The fourth team didn’t fare much better in Division Two with a 4-0 loss at Springfields Ladies with the fifth team completing a largely poor day with a 3-2 home defeat to Blackpool Ladies in Division Three.

Jemma Walker gave the fifth team an early lead but Blackpool hit back for a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Bethany Fletcher equalised in the second half but Blackpool snatched a winner to take the points at Lancaster University.