Leyland ladies in Vase triumph

Nicola Wallbank of L&C ladies
Nicola Wallbank of L&C ladies
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Leyland and Chorley ladies 1sts’ first taste of England Hockey Women’s Vase action was a profitable one as they cruised past Carlisle ladies 1sts 4-0 and bagged a place in the second round.

It was the first time the Lancashire Women’s Central Hockey League Premier Division side have ever competed in the knockout competition.

And they faced a tough start as the visiting Cumbria Hockey Association Women’s League Division One side started attacking from the off.

But it was L&C who took the lead 15 minutes into the game. Nicola Wallbank dribbled the ball into the D and her strike was deflected to Sarah Winstanley, who fired home.

L&C doubled their lead 15 minutes into the second half as Louise Hutchinson fed Joanne Hindley, who had a great shot on goal.

Her strike was saved by the Carlisle keeper and Wallbank dispatched the rebound.

Nineteen minutes into the second half, Wallbank scored her second goal of the game by slipping it around the back of the keeper. And with two minutes to go, Raelene Strickland bagged the fourth goal with a great strike.

The win secured a second-round away tie at Ramsey L J Women in the Isle of Man on February 14.

The ladies 1sts also maintained their grip at the top of the league table with a 4-2 victory over Preston 2nds.

Captain Sarah King scored the first, Winstanley scored twice and Strickland made it four, before Preston bagged two late consolation goals.

L&C ladies 2nds maintained their unbeaten start to the season and LCWHL Division Three top spot after beating L&C ladies 3rds 2-0.

In the 20th minute, Leyland took the lead after a shot by Anna Jones was stopped but not quite cleared, and player-of-the-match Penny Robb easily tapped home the rebound.

A shot from a short corner was saved by keeper Becky Pennington and Paula Thornton followed up to make it two with a superb effort from the top of the D.

Leyland and Chorley men’s 1sts lost 2-1 at struggling Southport men’s 3rds.

L&C’s Robbie Unsworth pounced to open the scoring after David Deacon’s shot was parried.

But as the half drew to a close, Southport drew level after David Rimmer misjudged a square ball to James Gallagher, gifting possession and a goal to the alert attacker.

Southport took the lead and ultimately the points 10 minutes into the second half.

L&C men’s 2nds beat Lytham men’s 4ths 3-2 at home thanks to goals from Phil Rimmer, Andrew Townsend and Damien Keighan.

Leyland 3rds lost 9-1 to Lancaster and Morecambe 3rds. Andy Hey bagged L&C’s goal in the 20th minute.