Garstang staying in the race

Caroline Gray scores for Leyland and Chorley Ladies against Blackpool Ladies

Caroline Gray scores for Leyland and Chorley Ladies against Blackpool Ladies

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Garstang Ladies 1sts beat Lytham 4-1 to retain their grip on second spot in the Division Two North West North Hockey Women’s League.

The Reds made a bright start with a quality pass by Christy Martin teeing up 
Josie Rice, who opened the scoring.

Lytham then heaped the pressure on Garstang but keeper Sarah Skelton held her line brilliantly and made the first of several great clearances.

Lytham won their first penalty corner and a good strike to the corner was deflected past the post by a superb diving stick save from Skelton.

But Garstang fought back and Fran Summers fired home a penalty corner to make it 2-0.

Rice was then green carded towards the end of the first half.

Garstang regrouped at half-time, with Summers going close in the second period.

Twelve minutes into the half, Garstang won a penalty corner and Martin pounced on the rebound and smashed the ball home.

Skelton made two further great diving saves and Debs Huyton made a goal-saving clearance on the line.

With 10 minutes to go, Jen Moss made a superb diving right-hand post deflection, off a cross from the left wing, to make it four.

Lytham at last scored from a penalty corner to make it 4-1.

Skelton was voted player of the match for making a string of impressive saves and keeping the Lytham forwards at bay.

Leyland and Chorley ladies continued their winning start to the season with a five-star display in a 5-0 win against Blackpool.

From the start, Leyland and Chorley pressured the Blackpool defence, and got their first goal after 15 minutes when a shot from Winstanley was saved by the keeper, and Nicola Wallbank was there to push the rebound in.

Ten minutes later, Winstanley scored the second goal after she converted a cross from Bullen.

Six minutes into the second half, Marie Meagher made a run forward and crossed the ball, the shot by Wallbank was saved and Raelene Strickland scored off the rebound.

Leyland and Chorley got a fourth goal when Winstanley used her reverse-stick skills to push the ball through the Blackpool keeper’s legs.

The fifth and final goal came from a solo effort by Caroline Gray, a determined run, battling past several defenders, ending with her slotting the ball past the keeper.