Pendle Forest Hockey Club’s first team enjoyed a thumping 8-1 victory over Preston.
They started the fixture with intent and in the first 10 minutes they hit the post and narrowly missed opportunities to open the scoring.
Lisa Crewe finally handed Forest the goals their play richly deserved as she converted twice after being set-up by by Charlotte Hartley on both occasions.
Returning the favour, Crewe then fed Hartley who converted for a third Forest goal. A tremendous strike from Crewe saw her complete her hat-trick soon after.
There was no stopping Crewe as she struck again when a well-timed pass from Cathy Waters split the Preston defence.
After the break, Deb Bythell made it 6-0 when she powered the ballhome. Preston then caught Forest sleeping and pulled a goal back.
Continuous work from Olivia Bythell in midfield finally rewarded her the seventh goal when a cross from the left saw player-of-the-match Bythell throw herself, sweeping the ball in past the keeper.
The winning goal involved Crewe again whose pass through to Cathy Waters set up the conversion making it 8-1 to Forest.
A day later, Forest carried on where they left-off with another crushing performance, this time 8-2 over Springfields.
Springs’ atack was nippy and unpredictable but Forest’s defence settled into the game. Dani Hornby opened the scoring for Forest and Freya Bythell made it 2-0 soon after.
Fantastic vision allowed Crewe to send a long ball in to Hartley , who made no mistake. Crewe then got on the scoresheet, converting a penalty corner to make it 4-0. Springs grabbed a goal back when an unlucky defensive deflection left Kendall wrong footed.
It was soon 5-1 when Charlotte O’Brien slipped the ball under the keeper’s pads, although Springs reduced the deficit once more soon after. Forest carried on with two more from Bythell – who registered her first ever hat-trick for the firsts – and one from Hartley. Forest play Uni of Liverpool away on Saturday and Clitheroe away on Sunday.
The second team played top-of-the-table Chorley at the weekend and were well beaten 6-0.
• Forest’s Under-13s were 3-0 winners over Lancaster and Morecambe. Nicola Cain, Lydia Schofield and Rebecca Wood were on target. They then played Blackpool and goals from Rosie Fielon, and Lydia Schofield sealed a 2-0 win.