Forest extend unbeaten start to the season

Pendle Forest Hockey Club (red) v Lytham Hockey Club at Marsden Heights Community School, Nelson. Olivia Bythell in action. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday March 12, 2016.
Pendle Forest Hockey Club (red) v Lytham Hockey Club at Marsden Heights Community School, Nelson. Olivia Bythell in action. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday March 12, 2016.

Pendle Forest claimed a 5-0 win at home to Formby as they extended their 100% start to the season.

The young Formby side made the early play in the home team’s half, but Forest soon found their stride when smooth and patient build up led to Olivia Bythell deflecting a Dani Hornby shot through a number of bodies into the net.

The tempo picked up as the first half went on and Hornby threaded the ball to Kayleigh Vickers for her to tap in at the back post.

Forest looked in complete control, with Formby struggling to keep possession.

A dribble and shot from Lisa Crewe was bundled over the line by Karen Nuttall, giving Forest a third.

Formby rallied, but Forest keeper Laura Kendal made a diving save low to her right.

After the break, the home team continued to boss the game, with numerous short and long corners from relentless forward pressure, but Formby defended resiliently.

Both Bythells and Crewe had chances to score from close range, and Freya Bythell’s drag flick from the edge of the D was well deserved, and all but wrapped up the game.

There was still time for Crewe to get on the scoresheet.

Her ball carry created space in the D to hit it into the far corner.

Forest will look to continue a good run when they travel to Garstang tomorrow.

Forest’s seconds beat Preston seconds 8-0.

Within the first five minutes, Hailey Baines tooka a reverse shot at goal to make it 1-0, before an incisive run down the left wing by Baines opened up the Preston defence and Charlotte O’Brien slotted home the second.

The next 2 goals involved good team work with Baines and Zoe Kidney combining to create and score the third and fourth goals.

Judith Hind added another two goals, before a seventh from Natalie Mitchell before half-time.

In the second half , Mitchell was in the right place to score Forest’s eighth goal of the game.

Forest are at local rivals Clitheroe and Blackburn Northern tomorrow.

Forest thirds claimed a 1-0 win at Lytham seconds.

Forest got the only goal when Emily Dunleavy dribbled down the flank and into the D where she struck well, and the keeper saved but Cath Hutchinson was well positioned to slam in the rebound.