Garstang girls in cup semi success

Garstang ladies 1sts team beat Springfields 3rds
Garstang ladies 1sts team beat Springfields 3rds
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Garstang ladies 1sts bagged a spot in the final of the Caley Cup after thrashing Springfields 3rds 6-2 at home.

The Reds sealed the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Premier Division title with a 100% record earlier this month.

They are now on track to complete a fine double if they beat Lancaster and Morecambe 1sts in the final.

Champions Garstang made a nervous start against Springs – who have gained promotion from Division One – with passes going astray.

But in the 13th minute, Di Roe teed up Fran Summers to open the scoring.

Springfields fought back to level the scores. A loose ball from outside the D was left by Garstang keeper Sarah Skelton to run over the back line for a free hit.

Unfortunately, it rebounded off the post at a perfect angle into the path of a Springs forward who fired home.

After 24 minutes the Garstang pressure told as Catherine Godbold’s pinpoint pass allowed Josie Rice to run free and regain the lead for the Reds.

Springfields won a penalty corner two minutes before the break but Garstang stormed back to win one of their own.

The first Garstang shot was blocked by the keeper and a second by Lyndsey Hayes went into the air off at her stick.

It fell perfectly for defender, Debs Huyton who took the opportunity to give Garstang a two-goal advantage at the break.

The Reds started the second half well and within five minutes Roe increased the hosts’ lead, blasting an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Garstang won a penalty corner four minutes later and after a superb series of passes across the D, the keeper made a great double save to deny Godbold.

The Reds won another set-piece 15 minutes into the second half and after the Springfields keeper had blocked a series of shots, Rice hit the roof of the net with a reverse-stick shot.

Garstang won another penalty corner and Roe just missed deflecting Alice Matthews’ cross into the net.

With five minutes to go, Godbold was hit on the hand by a raised ball from a defender in the D and had to leave the field.

Godbold was green-carded on the sideline when she denied that the ball had come up off her foot to hit her.

Garstang won a short corner and after a good stop of the first shot by the Springs’ keeper. Roe pounced to make it six.

Just before the whistle Springs won a penalty corner and a powerful shot reduced the deficit.

Garstang ladies 2nds also booked their place in a cup final after beating Brookfields 2-0 at home.

Two Olivia Mason goals fired the Reds to a place in the LCWHA Lishman Plate final.

Division Two runners-up Garstang started brightly, as Helen Mather’s shot was stopped on the line by a foot but Jemma Hampson fired the subsequent penalty stroke wide.

After several penalty corners, Mason opened the scoring with a neat finish at the right-hand post in the second half. With 10 minutes left some neat passing in the D allowed Mason to fire the ball beyond the keeper’s reach for her second.