Winstanley treble does trick for L&C

Leyland and Chorley ladies 1sts player of the match Nicola Wallbank
Leyland and Chorley ladies 1sts player of the match Nicola Wallbank
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Sarah Winstanley’s quick-fire hat-trick fuelled Leyland and Chorley ladies 1sts’ 10-0 victory over Clitheroe and Blackburn.

Leyland maintained their 100% record and the double-figure thrashing ensured they still top the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division Two table.

Winstanley started the rout with 85 seconds on the clock after latching on to strike partner Raelene Strickland’s slick pass.

Some neat link-up play between Paula Thornton, Nicola Wallbank and Sarah King set Winstanley loose in the D and the forward doubled her tally.

Winstanley could have completed her hat-trick moments later but she unselfishly squared the ball across the D for Strickland to fire home.

But the forward did not have long to wait to net her hat-trick and she added her third in emphatic style as she dispatched a penalty corner into the back of the net.

Leyland added a fifth from another penalty corner.

Winstanley passed the ball back to Becca Halsall on the back line and she hit it across the face of the goal for player of the match Wallbank to sneak in and tap the ball home.

Strickland nearly doubled her tally before half-time as she pounced during a goalmouth scramble but the ball appeared to be cleared off the line by a Clitheroe foot.

One minute after the restart, Strickland made it six after latching on to an excellent push out by Halsall.

Marie Meagher made it seven as she squeezed the ball home from an acute angle at the right-hand post.

Sarah King bagged two late goals to make it 10 and for the fourth time this season goalkeeper Alison Clewlow kept a clean sheet.

Leyland and Chorley ladies 2nds edged past Lancaster Nomads, triumphing 1-0 in their Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division Three away clash.

The visitors started well, as Hayley Billington and Kirstie Taylor drew the Nomads defence out to tee up Penny Robb, who tested the Lancaster keeper.

Leyland had several short corners but were unable to convert anything.

But they finally found the back of the net on the half-hour mark. A fierce strike from Penny Robb was batted away by the goalie but Vickie Pilkington pounced on to the loose ball and fired it into the back of the net.

Leyland and Chorley started the second half all guns blazing.

Several goalbound attempts from Lisa Evans and Robb were either thwarted by the Nomads goalkeeper or the post.

Leanne Cottam fed Anna Jones and she moved into the D and fired an excellent reverse-flick shot that hit the right-hand post.

Junior goalie Savannah Wilding made some excellent stops, despite being relatively untroubled for long periods.

Claire Musgrave continued to keep the Nomads forwards quiet with some excellent close channelling work and Nicky Wright and Rachel Wyllie made some great clearances down the right.

Leyland and Chorley had lots of long corner opportunities towards the end of the second 45 but the Nomads keeper stopped the Reds increasing their tally.