Garstang Ladies Hockey Club’s 1sts overcame an uncertain start to claim a 5-1 victory against South Lakes.
They were without four senior players and it showed as it took 10 minutes for Rebecca Worthington to break into the Lakes ‘D’ and score with a powerful, raised shot on the turn.
Lakes fought back and succeeded in holding Garstang’s pacey youngsters, disrupting their passing game.
The Reds came close with a good move at a penalty corner but it was Lakes who scored after 25 minutes following a ping-pong session in front of goal. However, senior duo Donna Richardson and Lyndsey Hayes stepped up to deny Lakes the midfield and steady the youngsters, a move which paid dividends on 28 minutes.
Garstang won a second penalty corner which saw Fran Summers score from Worthington’s pass.
Encouraged, the Reds then cut loose and most of the pressure was on Lakes.
Seven minutes into the second half and Lucy Treadell scored from Grace McGarvey’s pass to make it 3-1.
A penalty corner then saw Worthington place a fine reverse stick shot high into the net before Summers scored again to give Garstang a 5-1 lead.
First-teamer Summer Muirhead went on to score a hat-trick on Sunday to help Lancashire win the North West Under-21s tournament.
Elsewhere, Garstang’s 2nds won 1-0 at Windermere with an inexperienced team.
They took the lead with a well-worked penalty corner and shot by Josie Guthrie. Despite putting pressure on Windermere in the second half, they failed to score again.
The 3rds drew 2-2 at home against a Fulwood side whose experience told with two goals in the first half.
Garstang stormed back in the second period with a goal from Pippa Chapman before she helped earn the draw with a shot deflected into the goal by mum Jude Chapman.
Elsewhere, the 4ths were in action against a strong second-placed Brookfields team.
Garstang were under severe pressure in the first half, conceding five goals.
However, in the second half, their younger legs did well and they held Brookfields to only two further goals, 7-0 the final score.
Thirteen-year-old Niyah Johnston came on for her first league game in goal and performed well, conceding only one goal in her 24 minutes on the field.