Champions L&C in seventh heaven

Mark Collier ended his season with another three goals for L&C
Mark Collier ended his season with another three goals for L&C
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Champions Leyland and Chorley Hockey Club men’s 1sts ended their season on a high with a convincing 7-1 away victory over Lytham 4ths.

Leyland had already sealed the Division Five North North title and signed off in style.

The Reds played with freedom and control, moving the ball with pace around the back to create several early chances.

And Mark Collier opened the scoring in the 10th minute, firing in from the middle of the D following excellent link-up play between Gary Swann, James Gallacher and Adam Thornton

Minutes later it was two when more incisive passing down the right from Craig Wilson and James Bunyan opened up the defence, allowing Collier to drill the ball into the bottom corner.

Lytham could not break through the defensive unit of Tim Button, Jon Willett and the returning Andy Dunn.

Bunyan intercepted in midfield and released Collier. He drove into the D and his shot was defected away but it fell to Adam Thornton, who smacked a first time shot into the top corner of the net.

And Thornton soon doubled his tally, pouncing to turn the ball home after a short corner shot from Button was stopped on the line.

Andy Hey thought he had scored a fifth right on half-time, only for a fantastic stop on the line by a determined Lytham defender.

And Collier completed yet another hat-trick when he turned the ball home following a slick move.

Simon Myers found the net after some good play down the left by Nick Dunn.

But Lytham pulled a goal back in the 60th minute after a quickfire counter-attack caught Leland napping.

The hosts fought back and Myers claimed his second when he finished a short corner routine at the back post to round off an excellent 

Leyland and Chorley men’s 2nds ended their season on a sour note, losing 5-0 at home to Windermere.

Despite gaining promotion the previous week, the hosts’ last game of the season was a lacklustre display.

A significantly strengthened Windermere side produced the better hockey and deservedly took home the points but the result had no bearing on the final league position as Leyland finished second and were promoted from Division Six North 

Leyland and Chorley men’s 3rds ended a run of 14 straight defeats with a 2-2 draw against West Derby.

Man of the match Simon Gray was supported by fine displays from Tom Mclellan, Jack Gerrard, Stu Clewlow and Callum Wilding.

Sixteen-year-old Mclellan scored his first goal for the club and Andy Glascot found the back of the net to secure a point for LCHC to end the season on a high.

Leyland and Chorley ladies 1sts were denied a place in the final of the Lishman Plate after losing on penalties to Springfield ladies 4ths.

Goals from Sarah Maycock and Nicola Wallbank inspired the Reds against a side they beat 3-0 in the league the previous week.

But Springs fought back to secure a 2-2 draw and push the tie into extra time.

And the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division Two champions could not seal a place in the final against Lancaster 4ths, going down 4-2 on penalties.

Leyland and Chorley ladies 2nds finished third in the LCWHA Third Division.