Table-toppers march on as Clitheroe defeated

Sarah King for Leyland and Chorley Womens Hockey Team in their match against Clitheroe
Sarah King for Leyland and Chorley Womens Hockey Team in their match against Clitheroe
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Leyland and Chorley women are just two games away from a prized unbeaten season as they made light work of Clitheroe thirds.

The Ladies thrashed their second placed opponents 5-1 in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division two.

Leyland have two games left in the league and currently have a spotless record of 14 victories from 14 wins.

It was a strong start by Clitheroe, within the first five minutes they found themselves in the Leyland D as they were awarded their first short corner.

But like they have been throughout the season the Leyland and Chorley defence stood firm and denied any goalscoring opportunities.

Throughout the opening stages, Gail Arthur, Kathryn Wright and Caroline Wilkinson all stood firm to deny Clitheroe.

The fixture was dominated by a series of short corners and after the early Clitheroe effort, Leyland took the lead.

From a short corner routine, Penny Robb picked the ball up and shot straight at goal finding the back-of-the-net to give the hosts the lead.

The goal sparked the champions into life and again it was a short corner which saw Leyland double their lead.

Nicola Wallbank hit the ball to Robb, Robb returned to Wallbank and she slipped the ball into the bottom corner.

Robb and Wallbank continued to link up well and it was smart play from the two that brought about a third Leyland goal.

Wallbank passed to Robb from a short corner and the latter squared to Sarah Maycock who slammed the ball home to make it 3-0 at the break.

Paula Thornton, Lisa Evans and Hayley Billington worked relentlessly in the middle stealing the ball back from Clitheroe at any given opportunity.

The second half was much like the first, but against the run of the play the visitors hit back with a goal of their own.

But the goal did not deter the table-toppers and they hit back with two further goals thanks to Robb and Wallbank.

However Clitheroe didn’t go down easy and they tested Alison Clewlow a number of times in the Leyland goal.

But Clewlow stood firm, denying them on a number of occasions to scoop and ensured a comfortable victory for Leyland and Chorley.

The men’s first team secured back to back promotions after a double-header of victories at the weekend.

Saturday saw the men thrash rivals Preston fourth’s 10-0 in a truly dominant performance.

James Gallacher led the way bagging a hat-trick, whilst Tim Button and Simon Myers both grabbed two goals each.

Mark Collier, Andy Hey and Adam Thornton all bagged a goal each.

Sunday another fine display as South Lake’s men’s 2nds were defeated 7-1.

Tim Button led the way once again as he bagged a brace of goals whilst the rest were spread amongst the side.

The men’s second and third team had no fixtures.