Springs toil with rock bottom Garstang

Fran Summers, Josie Rice and Nicky Charter battling in Springs' D
Fran Summers, Josie Rice and Nicky Charter battling in Springs' D
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Garstang Hockey Club ladies 1sts lost 3-0 to arch rivals Springfields 2nds.

Springs won an early penalty corner and a straight strike crept past diving goalkeeper Sarah Skelton.

After eight minutes Garstang’s youngster Nicky Charter made a good break into the D, beat the keeper, but could not get enough power on her shot allowing a defender to intercept.

Minutes later Charter made a great interception and break but she was stopped by a solid Springfields backline. But two minutes later, Springs doubled their lead, quashing Garstang’s momentum by scrambling the ball over the line.

Di Roe fizzed the ball across the goalmouth but Charter could not get a touch.

Garstang continued to press Springs and won their first penalty corner in the 21st minute.

But a powerful first shot from the resulting corner by Alice Matthews flew high into the net and the goal was rightly disallowed.

Josie Rice battled away and was well supported by Jude Chapman and Lyndsey Hayes.

After 25 minutes, Fran Summers made a powerful break but crashed against the Springfields defensive wall at the top of the D.

Springs fought back and earned a penalty corner but failed to beat Skelton in goal.

Five minutes into the second half, Roe broke her left thumb after being struck by the ball. It is her third break of a finger in three years.

Garstang 2nds star Jemma Hamson made her 1st XI debut to replace Roe.

Despite the set-back, Garstang piled on the pressure, although captain Lindsay Norton had to make a crucial interception in defence.

Rice’s determined efforts were rewarded when she broke into the D. She managed to reach the back line but just failed to find Summers in a good position.

Hampson made her presence felt, competing well against the Springs defence and breaking in to the D.

After Garstang’s pressure told and they won two penalty corners but they could not beat Springs’ keeper.

And with four minutes to go, Springs netted another scrambled goal to complete the scoring.

Hampson was denied late on, as the result means Garstang are still bottom of the Women’s North Hockey League Division Two North West table.