Forest on target for perfect season

Pendle Forests first team would like to thank sponsors Althams Travel
Pendle Forests first team would like to thank sponsors Althams Travel

Pendle Forest are one win away from the perfect season after a 5-0 win at Liverpool Sefton in their penultimate North Hockey Women’s League Division 2 North West fixture on Saturday.

Lisa Crewe got the ball rolling at Liverpool Sefton.

A great ball from Kayleigh Vickers on the left side of defense released Crewe into the D, and she cooly found the back of the net in a one on one with the Sefton goalkeeper putting Forest 1-0 up.

Crewe featured again when she converted a penalty corner strike and placed the ball in the bottom left corner.

Mid way through the half, Liverpool received a green card warning for stick tackling, but the player in question fed back verbal dissent, and so the card was advanced to a yellow, and the player was sinbinned for six minutes.

Forest keeper Laura Kendall was tested only once in the match, and didnt disappoint with a low dive to her right, keeping the ball alive for a transition to the Forest attacking area, where another penalty corner for Forest gave player of the match Charlotte Hartley the chance to convert, with a straight strike finding the back board.

Forest were comfortable at 3-0 up going into the second half.

The defensive Liverpool side filled their own half, but Forest waited patiently and kept possession.

They split the defence at opportune moments, and finally found Karen Wignall, whose awareness in front of the keeper gave Forest their fourth goal when she bundled the ball over the line.

Freya Bythell then topped off the win when she followed up from a top D pass by Thea Cormack, using her reverse stick to sweep the ball into the back of the net, for a final score of 5-0.

Forest play their last match of the league season at home against second place Lancaster tomorrow at 11-30 a.m., and will be attempting to make it 22 wins out of 22, before the promotion play-offs begin on April 8th.

The play-offs, for the right to promotion to Division One, involve three games against other league winners, with the top two teams progressing.