Hannah rounds off Longridge win

Longridge skipper Nikki Wilcox

Longridge skipper Nikki Wilcox

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Longridge Hockey Club’s ladies beat local rivals Springfields 4-2.

The last time Longridge met a Springfields side, the game was a 12-goal thriller with Springs coming out on top.

This time Longridge were determined to register a different result and continue their winning streak.

It was 10th-placed Springfields who took the lead after having the better of the first 20 minutes.

This woke Longridge up and they came close several times to equalising through skipper Nicki Wilcox and in-form midfielder Jenny Key.

It was an ex-Springfields player who got the equaliser for Longridge, a rare mistake from the Springs keeper left Phil Crompton to keep her cool and finish in her usual laid-back fashion.

Longridge went close again when Leanne Traynor and Fran McNeela teamed up in midfield.

They played some lovely hockey, penetrating the Springfield defence with ease.

McNeela had a shot which the Springfields keeper saved and played on to the feet of a Longridge player.

Towards the end of the half, Springfields were much more alert than Longridge and took a quick free-hit.

It caught the Longridge defence wide open and the visitors took the lead just before half-time.

After stern words from Longridge coach Steve Masterson in the half-time huddle, Longridge finally clicked into gear and scored two goals in quick succession. Jess Morris and Hannah Mears combined on the left wing, found Crompton lurking at the back post, and she calmly slotted the ball past the Springfields keeper for her second of the encounter.

And Longridge then took the lead for the first time in the game with a well-rehearsed penalty corner routine, which saw Jenny Key drag the ball into the back of the Springs’ net, with the keeper and defence helpless.

Longridge knew the next goal was vital and it had to be them that scored it.

It was the turn of their youngest player to finally get her name on the score sheet.

Mears, with a lovely piece of skill, smashed home her first goal for the Longridge first team to make it 4-2.