Preston HC in heavy defeat

Nick Jeffs got on the scoresheet for Preston men's 2nds
Nick Jeffs got on the scoresheet for Preston men's 2nds

The Christmas break cannot come soon enough for Preston Hockey Club men’s 1sts.

A poor run of form and a game against a quality opponent saw them finish 2018 with an 8-1 defeat at Durham University.

Despite a strong opening 15 mins for Preston it was Durham who opened their scoring account with a well worked finish from close range.

Durham capitalised on their well practiced penalty corner routines scoring six of their eight corners.

Preston managed a late consolation through Steve Masterson.

Elsewhere, the men’s 2nds maintained their unbeaten status against Alderley Edge.

Despite being 2-0 down after 10 minutes, they rallied to win 4-2, goals from Nick Jeffs, Gabriel Benatar and a goal apiece for the Robinson twins.

The men’s 3rds lost 2-1 at Wilmslow, with Richard McGee netting for Preston.

The club’s 4ts battled to a 4-3 win against Horwich, Phil Bowman (2) and Cai Smith (2) with the goals.

Preston men’s 5thsbeat Lytham 2-0, Neil Lawrence scoring twice, and the 6ths lost 4-1 away to Wigan.

Buoyed by their first point of the season last weekend the Ladies 1sts followed this up with another, drawing 1-1 with Leyland and Chorley.

Early pressure from the visitors drew many fine saves from keeper Luisa Connor

Leyland took the lea but Preston equalised immediately through Emma Wilson, her first goal for Preston.

Elsewhere, the ladies’ 2nds lost 3-0 to Lancaster.

Preston’s Under-12s faced Neston and two goals from Oliver Wilcock and one from Josh Blackburn saw them run out 3-0 winners. It was a great team performance, especially from debutant goalkeeper Poppy Chester and player of the match Daniel Boorne.

Preston’s Under-13s won 2-0 at Bowden with goals from Luke Hope and Zara Grimshaw – her fifth in five games – helped by stout defending from Ben Heaton and Jaime Ashworth.

It was a fine performance with excellent attacking play from Eddy Nash, Amber Sinclair and Olivia Aberra.