Ten-goal Garstang in a seaside romp

Julie Nightingale scores for Garstang 2ndss against Preston 3rds
Julie Nightingale scores for Garstang 2ndss against Preston 3rds
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Garstang headed to Blackpool and dominated from start to finish in a 10-0 rout in the Lancashire Women’s Hockey Association Premier Division.

The game started slightly slower than the Reds would have liked but after just three minutes they signalled their intent with a goal from Josie Rice, who struck the ball past the keeper’s left foot.

This settled Garstang with Fran Summers scoring one shortly after, making it 2-0.

Blackpool made some good defensive moves but the continued pressure was starting to show and Alice Matthews dribbles into the D and a first-time strike into the bottom corner clattering off the backboard marked Garstang’s third.

The first half continued with midfield being controlled by Di Roe and Matthews.

A rallying team talk at half-time from captain Lindsay Norton-Thornhill ensured the Garstang ladies 
had no intention of sitting back.

The defensive link-up play from Dona Richardson and Vicky Bradley allowed great distribution to keep Garstang on the front foot.

Catherine Godbold added Garstang’s fourth and an attacking run from Norton-Thornhill put her in prime position to score the fifth, with the ball sneaking inside the left-hand post.

Lyndsey Hayes was busy in all areas of the pitch, creating great space in the centre of the park and executing passes that split Blackpool’s defence.

She linked up with Roe to create an opening to fire home the sixth goal.

Roe continued to terrorise the Blackpool defence and her persistence paid off and Rice swooped to score with a first-time sweep.

Rice continued to find space at the top of the D as Garstang’s forwards occupied the Blackpool defence, pinning them back and allowing Rice to score again.

The Reds completed the scoring when, after persistent tackling from Chapman and Huyton, Rice turned her player to find Summers.

She took the keeper out of the game with a deft pass to Godbold, who was left with a open goal and an easy 

Garstang ladies 2nds were 4-3 winners against Preston ladies 3rds. A tough end-to-end game was far closer than the relative league positions might indicate.

Garstang started brightly with early pressure but Preston rallied and created a few attacks of their own.

The Reds maintained a possession advantage, going ahead after 20 minutes from a well-struck penalty corner by Julie Nightingale, and kept the lead going into half-time.

Preston started the second half clearly determined to level the scores and did so early on, tapping in at the left-hand post from a penalty corner.

Garstang responded immediately from the restart, and quick passing between Caroline Hampson and Fi Dundas set up Fran William-Tanton to restore their one-goal lead.

With Preston pressing forward, Garstang attempted to exploit the space created in midfield but a nasty fall for Lou Richardson left the defence outnumbered and Preston capitalised to make it 2-2.

Another instant response, this time a neat reverse pass created the opportunity for Olivia Mason to make it 3-2.

Preston rallied again and within 10 minutes won another penalty corner, this time at the right post, and made it 3-3.

Garstang tried for another instant reply but it took five minutes before Nightingale struck again for the winner.