L&C ladies in command

Raelene Strickland was among the scorers in an 11-0 win for L&C ladies
Raelene Strickland was among the scorers in an 11-0 win for L&C ladies
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Unbeaten Leyland and Chorley Hockey Club ladies 1sts thrashed local rivals Preston 3rds 11-0 at home to maintain their 100% winning streak.

Leyland are top of the Central Women’s Hockey Association Division Two after winning their 13th successive league match and extended the gap to go nine points clear thanks to four-goal Jess Frith.

Top scorer Raelene Strickland started the rout five minutes in. She linked up with fellow forward Penny Robb and they weaved their way past Preston’s defence before Strickland smashed the ball home.

Not to be outdone, striker Sarah Maycock soon found the back of the net. She pounced on the rebound from a penalty corner in the 23rd minute and swept the ball high into the right-hand corner of goal.

Captain Sarah King sprinted half the pitch and drove into the D, teeing up Becca Halsall, who was poised on the edge of the area to slam the ball into the goal in the 27th minute.

Leyland were 3-0 up at half-time and they more than tripled that lead in the second half thanks to Frith.

Strickland bagged her second of the match minutes into the half as Leyland – inspired by player-of-the-match Marie Meagher – took control.

Frith fed Robb in the D who made no mistake, slipping the ball into the back of the net.

And Robb doubled her tally minutes later from a penalty corner as she smacked a straight strike home.

Before Frith stole the show, the midfielder dispatched a penalty flick and then swept Preston away with a quick-fire hat-trick.

She scored three goals in five minutes and Leyland’s 11th goal heaped more misery on the visitors as they converted into their own net from another LCHC penalty corner.

Elsewhere, table-topping Leyland and Chorley men’s 1sts failed to score for the first time this season as they drew 0-0 wih Lytham men’s 3rds.

Unbeaten Leyland are still 12 points clear at the top of the North West Hockey League Division Five North table after two successive draws.

Leyland dominated the match and in the opening exchanges some slick passing, movement and pace created chances for Craig Wilson, Nick Dunn and Sarkawt.

But they were all foiled by the in-form Lytham keeper.

Leyland continued to press and James Bunyan ran through on goal in the 20th minute.

But he was clipped from behind by a recovering defender, and the foul earned Leyland a penalty corner.

Lytham made a last-ditch clearance as they cleared the ball off the line from the set-piece.

As the half went on, Lytham’s confidence grew as a frustrated Leyland failed to convert any of their chances.

The second half was a familiar story.

James Gallacher – who was recently selected for England’s seniors – was crowded out after some excellent play into the D.

Leyland continued to keep Lytham on the back foot and Adam Thornton, Wilson and Sarkawt missed some golden opportunities.

Tim Button beat the keeper from a penalty corner but he was denied on the line by his own player.

Wide men McManus - making his first appearance of the season – and Gary Swann excelled on the flanks for Leyland.

LCHC nearly broke the deadlock in the final 
minute.

But they were thwarted by a last-ditch Lytham tackle.