L&C men fight back to earn point

Aidy Thornton (in red) for Leyland & Chorley
Aidy Thornton (in red) for Leyland & Chorley
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Leyland and Chorley Hockey Club men’s 1sts drew 2-2 at South Lakes men’s 1sts.

The first half was an open affair with neither side treating the ball with enough care to take full control.

Whilst L&C were finding it tough to create scoring opportunities, the hosts converted twice, capitalising on mistakes to force the ball over the line.

At 2-0 down, the next goal would be vital, and L&C managed to keep the deficit at two until the break.

The visitors started the second half stronger and scored the vital third goal of the match. Aidy Thornton reacted well to slot the ball home while the defence appealed for a foul.

The umpire deliberated for an age before eventually awarding a goal.

The game opened up, as South Lakes looked to regain the two-goal lead and left gaps at the back.

Heroic defending from Terry Fredricks and James Gallagher kept the hosts at bay.

As the pressure built and adrenaline pumped, a flurry of cards were issued, Phil Rimmer and Nick Dunn with a green apiece for Leyland.

With less than five minutes to go, L&C won a rare short corner. The planned routine did not come off, but Thornton collected the ball wide of the D and crossed in for Matt Wilson to slap into the goal.

There was time for Nick Dunn to collect a second card from the umpire, yellow this time, forcing L&C to see out the remaining minutes with 10 players.

Leyland and Chorley men’s 2nds drew 0-0 at Buckshaw Village with South Lakes men’s seconds.