Ladies’ super second-half show blows Fulwood away

Paula Thornton

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A spirited second-half performance saw Leyland and Chorley Ladies maintain their unbeaten record as they defeated Fulwood Ladies in Division Two of the Lancashire Central Hockey Association.

Despite taking an early lead through Sarah Maycock, the visitors didn’t have it all their own way and they went in level at the break.

But a much-improved performance in the second half saw Sarah King, Sarah Winstanley and Nicola Wallbank each get on the scoresheet to seal a 4-1 victory.

Leyland poured on a lot of early pressure

straight from the push back.

Raelene Strickland relished the space on the left wing, while Paula Thornton, King and Becca Halsall, linked up well in the middle of midfield.

After some neat play, a ball was played to Strickland, who saw her shot saved.

The follow up was pounced upon by Halsall but the Fulwood keeper smothered her shot.

However, she had no answer to Maycock’s resulting shot and Leyland and Chorley had the lead after just three minutes.

For the remainder of the half, L&C continued their well-rehearsed passing game to pressure the experienced and physical Fulwood

defenders.

But despite their domination of the half they failed to get a second goal.

Coach Rob Alty opted to make a formation change, but minutes later, their plans were scuppered when defender Gail Arthur hobbled off with a foot injury.

The loss of Arthur saw Fulwood bag an equaliser as they converted from a short corner.

After the break, Leyland and Chorley emerged to show great team spirit to start the stronger of the two sides.

After four short corners in a row, Wallbank took advantage to give L&C the lead.

Fulwood saturated their back line, flinging sticks in front of everything.

But Wallbank, Halsall and King continued to be the architects as their slick play dominated the Fulwood midfield, and another five short corners saw the Fulwood defence collapse with King and Winstanley each getting their names on the scoresheet.

Player-of-the-match Penny Robb put in another top performance showing her versatility filling in on the left-hand side.

Leyland and Chorley then saw out the remaining minutes with ease as they banked another three points.

The victory was the final one for the Ladies ahead of the long Christmas break.

They return to action on Saturday, January 17, where they will make the short trip to take on Longridge seconds.