Sarah Winstanley’s hat-trick fired Leyland and Chorley ladies 1sts to a 6-3 victory over Pendle Forest 2nds.
Leyland hit the back of the net with just three minutes on the clock, as Joanne Hindley teed-up Raelene Strickland to sweep the ball over to Winstanley, who bagged her first of the game.
Winstanley doubled her tally three minutes later, after she latched on to Nicola Wallbank’s inch-perfect pass.
Pendle came back fighting and pulled a goal back in the 10th minute.
Some great work from defenders Kirsty Taylor, Lenny Smith and Rachel Hindley helped prevent a Pendle short corner becoming another goal and Alison Clewlow made some fine saves.
The Pendle defence was also strong and they launched a counter-attack to level before half-time.
L&C keeper Clewlow picked up an injury and the visitors had to put Hindley in goal.
The visitors regained the lead in the 45th minute. Wallbank fired the ball into the D which and Strickland smashed it home.
But despite L&C’s efforts, Pendle managed to equalise to make it 3-3.
Leyland put the game out of sight with two quick strikes.
Becca Halsall crossed the ball to Wallbank, who found Winstanley in the D, and she completed her hat-trick in style.
And Wallbank made it five moments later, skilfully finishing past the keeper.
Strickland pounced on a brilliant pass from Marie Meagher to make it 6-3 and ensure the Reds maintained their grip on second spot in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey League Premier Division table.
Four-goal heroine Lisa Evans stole the show as Leyland and Chorley ladies 2nds thrashed Lancaster and Morecambe ladies 3rds 8-1 at Parklands.
The Reds made the perfect start as Penny Robb scored in the first minute with her reverse stick.
In the 12th minute, captain Hayley Billington and Paula Thornton linked up well on the right, before teeing up Rosie Swarbrick, who drove the ball into the D for Evans to score.
Robb made it three in the 16th minute and in the 20th minute, Swarbrick’s strike was deflected into the path of Lorraine Edwards, who slotted home using her reverse stick.
In the second half, L&M started brightly and converted a short corner in the 37th minute.
Evans bagged her second in the 55th minute and moments later she drove the ball along the back line and fed Robb who scored in the 58th minute.
In the 61st minute Evans bagged her third and with a minute left, Alison Rigby set up Evans to complete the rout.
L&C men’s 1sts drew 2-2 with Didsbury Northern men’s 4ths away, while the men’s 2nds lost 2-1 at Southport 3rds.