Garstang ladies’ 1sts kick-started their new season with a 5-0 triumph at home against Lancaster University.
After a long, tough 2013-14 season, which ended with relegation from Division Two in the North West League, Garstang are eager to get back to regional hockey.
The Reds pressed high from the off and within two minutes the frontline had forced a defensive error from Lancaster, which enabled Diane Roe to intercept a ball and force the keeper to save.
But the ball fell into Fran Summers’ path and she made no mistake from the top of the D.
In the last 15 minutes of the first half, Garstang allowed LU into the game with unforced errors and were under pressure themselves.
The defence rode the pressure out and Garstang earned a penalty corner in the last few minutes.
Lyndsey Hayes finished with aplomb, giving Garstang a 2-0 cushion.
Garstang refocused and started the second half quickly.
Their pressure soon paid off when Hayes earned scored her second from another set-piece.
A nice team move ended in the fourth goal, which finished with Roe driving down the right into the D, only to lay off for Alice Matthews to finish first time into the net.
Returning striker Catherine Godbold claimed her first of the season late on to seal a comfortable and solid 5-0 victory.
Meanwhile, Garstang ladies’ 2nds faced Pendle Forest away, going down 1-0.
With plenty of pressure in Pendle’s area, the goal alluded Garstang and they faced the infuriating scenario of conceding in the last few minutes.
The re-formed Garstang ladies’ 3rds had their first league fixture cancelled late on against Lancaster 5ths.
This weekend they will play their first fixture away against Chorley and Leyland ladies’ 2nds.