Gallacher double in Keswick stroll

James Gallacher
James Gallacher
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Leyland and Chorley men now need just 10 points to seal a second consecutive promotion and league title.

The side made light work of Keswick secondson Saturday, who did boast a fine home record, by running out 5-0 winners in the Barrington Sports North West Hockey League Division Four clash.

Experienced defender James Gallacher bagged a brace while Gary Swann,

Simon Myers and Matthew Wilson also got on the scoresheet.

The opposition failed to live up to their reputation and the scoreline could easily have been far more convincing.

The side’s high conversion rate for short corners was highlighted before the game and so it proved again, with three of the goals arriving as a result of the set-piece.

The first came inside 10 minutes when a corner was sent into the D and Gallagher flicked home with ease.

Despite constant pressure from the away team,the Keswick keeper saved pretty much everything until shortly before the break when Myers kept his composure to slot the ball in the net.

With only 11 men available for the home side, tiredness was sure to take hold in the second half, whereas Leyland and Chorley were able to use their substitute to keep the midfield fresh.

Tim Button, Nick Dunn, Swann and Wayne Johnson were all winning their battles and creating time and space to drive the ball forward.

A third goal was added early in the second half as Swann finished well firing across the keeper.

Ande Wilding had to be equal to a handful of shots before Gallacher scored again from a short corner.

The final goal came on the stroke of full-time with Matt Wilson poaching on the line after Myers’ shot looked destined for the corner.