Five-star Charlotte inspires big Forest win

Pendle Forest seconds beat Longridge 1-0 on Saturday and Preston 10-0 on Sunday. They would like to thank Althams for their support
Pendle Forest seconds beat Longridge 1-0 on Saturday and Preston 10-0 on Sunday. They would like to thank Althams for their support
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Charlotte Hartley scored five times as Pendle Forest beat South Lakes 15-0 to maintain their 100% record.

Within three minutes of the starting whistle, Hayley Baines lofted a reverse stick shot, in style, over the South Lakes goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, Karen Wignall ran in on a cross in front of goal and didn’t disappoint, putting Forest 2-0 up.

South Lakes fought back, and interceptions by their attack unnerved Forest and put them on the back foot for a short while.

Hartley helped get them get back on top again when she deflected in a pass from the top D, and followed up 5 mins later with another slot in, in front of goal

Lisa Crewe then convincingly bagged a goal in open play, and Baines scored again just before half-time.

The goals kept coming after the break, with some clinical passing using the full width of the pitch resulting in player of the match Hartley completing her hat-trick.

Karen Wignall then displayed her stick skills in front of goal with a reverse stick flick, putting it past the goalkeeper to put Forest 8-0 up.

The next goal came again from Hartley, and with a display of pure class, she intercepted a push back by the opposition, and with nose to goal, she sliced her way through the defence and slipped it past the goalkeeper.

Not to be outdone, Wignall, with impeccable timing, then rallied the ball home and was rewarded with a hat-trick of her own.

With South Lakes’ goalkeeper still being pounded by shots, an unfortunate stop on the line by a defending foot allowed captain Dani Hornby to step up and convert a penalty flick, closely followed by Cathy Kilgallon, whose trademark strike at a penalty corner also found the back of the net.

As Forest pushed on, Freya Bythell forced the ball over the line, clearing up after several attempts from sweeper Jan Cormack. A further infringement on the goal line then gave Crewe her second from a penalty flick, and Hartley added her fifth goal.

Champions Forest’s penultimate league game is away at Liverpool Sefton tomorrow at 12-30 p.m.