Cool Collier seals victory in five-star rout

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Leyland and Chorley men’s first team brushed aside second place Lytham in a game they dominated from start to finish.

Leyland bagged five goals in the Division Five North West Hockey League tie showing excellent passing and finishing ability.

The away side overpowered Lytham in all areas and continued their fine form after last weekends double-header victories.

Right from the start Leyland moved the ball around well creating a number of opportunities.

The breakthrough came midway through the first half when a quick ball down the left found Mark Collier on the base line.

Collier then squared for Wilson to tap into an empty net to give Leyland the lead.

Despite almost complete dominance through the first half the away side were unable to increase their lead.

The second half started perfectly for Leyland as they broke down the right hand side.

Adam Thornton squared the ball to Collier who managed a reverse shot and slotted the ball home into the corner.

Constant pressure from Leyland enabled Gallacher to convert from close range in a crowded D, before he then got his second and Leyland’s fourth when he showed excellent individual skill to beat three defenders before powering into the D and firing an unstoppable shot into the far corner.

The goal machine Collier completed the scoring when he converted a flick after young Adam Thornton was denied an open goal finish from a blatant shove.

The result opened up a five point gap at the top of the table .

The women’s first team put in an unbelievable performance away from home as they destroyed rivals Preston thirrd team 13-0.

Leyland started positively, stealing possession from Preston and quickly getting a goal on the score board.

This was followed up 10 minutes in, with a short corner pushed in by Becca Halsall followed by a straight strike from Penny Robb.

Jessica Frith made it 3-0 seven minutes to go until the half time break.

Frith struck a shot towards which was saved by a tremendously by the Preston goalkeeper, but she was unable to clear the ball out of danger, leaving Raelene Strickland with an open goal.

An unbelievable 15 minutes then saw Jess Frith convert five chances from five efforts to put the game well and truely beyond Preston.

Despite their lead the Chorley defence was still called upon as Preston attempted to restore some pride.

But Leyland quashed out any hope of a comeback as Strickland then latched onto a Caroline Gray pass to make it 10-0.

Frith then grabbed her sixth but not to be outdone Strickland then grabbed two in five minutes to make it six goals for her and a convincing victory for women and a pretty site looking at the table as they sit top.