Double trophy joy as L&C bag titles

James Gallacher's flick sealed promotion for L&C men's 1sts
James Gallacher's flick sealed promotion for L&C men's 1sts
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Leyland and Chorley Hockey Club men’s 1sts and ladies 1sts toasted double success after they were crowned champions of their respective leagues.

Despite drawing 1-1 with Lancaster and Morecambe 2nds, L&C men’s 1sts clinched the North West Hockey League Division Four title on Saturday.

And L&C ladies’ 1sts bagged the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division One championship in emphatic style, thrashing Clitheroe ladies’ 3rds 9-0 .

Victory evaded the men’s 1sts but they managed to fight back from a goal down to draw 1-1 at L&M and seal a third successive promotion.

L&M took the lead but captain James Gallacher’s clinical penalty flick ensured the visitors got the all-important point that sealed a third successive title win for the Leyland and Chorley 

L&C ladies 1sts, meanwhile, sealed their title with games to spare thanks to a Raelene Strickland hat-trick and Penny Robb treble in a 9-0 victory over Clitheroe ladies 3rds on Saturday.

Eluned Smith teed up Strickland to fire home her first with just five minutes on the clock.

The visitors doubled their lead soon after as captain Sarah King fed Becca Halsall who smashed the ball into the back of the net in the 11th minute.

Clitheroe fought back but L&C’s defence withstood the pressure and they added a third thanks to a slick piece of counter-attacking play by King.

She intercepted the ball and raced upfield, before crossing the ball into the path of Penny Robb who fired home.

Robb doubled her tally five mnutes into the second half and King made it five nine minutes later.

Strickland scored twice in quick succession to complete her treble and Robb acompleted her hat-trick after good work from King.

Halsall finished the rout with a fierce late strike.

The following day, striker Sarah Maycock’s hat-trick fired the new champions to a 4-0 victory over Witton Warriors ladies 1sts at home.

Maycock’s treble and a stunning strike by Nicola Wallbank ensured the ladies are still on course for a perfect season, making it 14 wins out of 14 games.

L&C men’s 2nds drew 0-0 with Preston 5ths in Division Five North at home.

Leyland men’s 3rds could still avoid relegation despite losing 5-0 away to Rochdale 2nds in the Division Six North at the

L&C’s ladies 2nds could still seal promotion from Division Three of the LCWHA.

They thumped Lancaster Nomads 2nds 6-0 at home.

Kayt Coathup opened the scoring and Alison Rigby added a second.

Coathup scored again to give L&C a 3-0 half-time lead.

Junior Leah Green bagged her first senior goal, Lancaster scored an own goal and Lisa Evans completed the rout for Leyland.