Five goals from the prolific Jess Frith helped Leyland and Chorley women’s first team secure an emphatic 11-0 victory over rivals Preston 3rds.
The ladies still are still undefeated in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division Two and are currently on an impressive 13-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Leyland and Chorley started strongly, controlling possession and putting together some excellent passes.
And the pressure told as after four minutes, they took the lead.
Penny Robb and Raelene Strickland linked together a number of passes before making their way into the D, with the latter making no mistake slamming the ball home.
Preston struggled to keep hold of possession and on a number of occasions were on the back foot.
It became 2-0 from a short corner as skipper Sarah King fired an effort into the top right-hand corner.
King then turned provider as her pass found Becca Halsall and she was left with the simplest of finishes to make it 3-0.
Strickland then grabbed her second and Leyland and Chorley’s fourth just after the half-time break, crushing all hopes of a Preston comeback.
Then Marie Meager started an emphatic 15 minutes as Leyland and Chorley looked to add to their goals tally each time they attacked.
Penny Robb then joined the action as Frith jinxed her way into the D and her shot-come-cross clipped Robb’s stick and trickled into the back of the-net.
Halsall and Frith then linked up well and almost gifted Robb her second, but the latter’s effort was blocked on the line by Preston defender’s leg meaning Leyland were awarded a penalty flick.
Frith converted the penalty with ease, which also started a frantic five minutes.
Former Leeds star Frith then grabbed herself a
hat-trick in that frantic five minutes as Preston were sinking without trace.
Robb and Frith grabbed further goals but Preston continued to attack too.
However, the ever-reliable Alison Clewlow was not to be beaten between the Leyland and Chorley sticks.
With the game drawing to a close, there was still time to add an 11th goal and rub salt into the wounds of Preston.
Seemingly frustrated by the Preston effort on goal, Nicola Wallbank took the ball straight from her own D and manoeuvred up the field.
She continued her run and sent an effort towards goal and earned her side a short corner.
And from that, the ball deflected off a Preston defender past her own goalkeeper to round off a torrid day for the visitors.
The win leaves Leyland and Chorley with an impressive nine-point lead at the top of the table, which all but secures the league title.
n Leyland and Chorley ladies’ second team had more success on the road as they thrashed Lancaster and Morecambe ladies 3rds 6-0.
This weekend, the first team make the trip north to take on relegation-threatened Windermere Ladies.
The second team are without a fixture.