L&C men fight back to earn point

Leyland and Chorley Hockey Club men's 1sts drew 2-2 at South Lakes men's 1sts.

Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 12:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 1:05 pm
Aidy Thornton (in red) for Leyland & Chorley

The first half was an open affair with neither side treating the ball with enough care to take full control.

Whilst L&C were finding it tough to create scoring opportunities, the hosts converted twice, capitalising on mistakes to force the ball over the line.

At 2-0 down, the next goal would be vital, and L&C managed to keep the deficit at two until the break.

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The visitors started the second half stronger and scored the vital third goal of the match. Aidy Thornton reacted well to slot the ball home while the defence appealed for a foul.

The umpire deliberated for an age before eventually awarding a goal.

The game opened up, as South Lakes looked to regain the two-goal lead and left gaps at the back.

Heroic defending from Terry Fredricks and James Gallagher kept the hosts at bay.

As the pressure built and adrenaline pumped, a flurry of cards were issued, Phil Rimmer and Nick Dunn with a green apiece for Leyland.

With less than five minutes to go, L&C won a rare short corner. The planned routine did not come off, but Thornton collected the ball wide of the D and crossed in for Matt Wilson to slap into the goal.

There was time for Nick Dunn to collect a second card from the umpire, yellow this time, forcing L&C to see out the remaining minutes with 10 players.

Leyland and Chorley men’s 2nds drew 0-0 at Buckshaw Village with South Lakes men’s seconds.