Forest pair Liv the dream in action for Lancashire

Olivia Purtill in action for Lancashire Under 21s
Olivia Purtill in action for Lancashire Under 21s

Pendle Forest’s Olivia Purtill and Olivia Bythell starred as Lancashire Under 21s won their round-robin tournament with Cheshire and Cumbria on Sunday.

Olivia Bythell captained the side and scored as they beat Cumbria 5-0, before a 1-0 win over Cheshire in their final game.

Olivia Bythell in action for Lancashire Under 21s

Olivia Bythell in action for Lancashire Under 21s

Mawgan Naylor played in the first round of games for Lancashire but suffered a broken knuckle which has ruled her out for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Pendle Forest’s first team enhanced their North Hockey Women’s League Division 2 North West title ambitions as they comfortably saw off second place Lancaster 5-0 on Saturday to go five points clear at the top.

Forest knew that this could potentially be a tough away fixture at Lancaster University against a side who played their hockey a league above last season.

The opposition forced the play into the Forest half early on in the match, showing they were not a team to be taken lightly.

Ten minutes in, a defensive mistake by Lancaster saw Lisa Crewe with a solo opportunity, taking the ball wide across goal before she shot across the keeper, hitting the bottom left of the goal.too quick, resulting in them being sent to the half way line.

Crewe didn’t disappoint, and a deceptive strike this time found the bottom right corner.

A couple of decisions by the umpires, against Lancaster, seemed to ruf

Minutes later a penalty corner for Forest saw a Lancaster defender out fle their feathers.

This allowed joint player of the match Dani Hornby to fire a ball out from the back up the line to Freya Bythell, who completed her skilful run by striking it past the keeper for Forest to go 3-0 up.

Losing their discipline, a Lancaster midfielder was sent to the touchline on a two-minute green card for verbals.

Forest took advantage of this, and before half-time Crewe managed to find the net once again with another accurate strike to complete her hat-trick.

Lancaster had made inroads on the Forest defence during the first half, but hadnt really tested the keeper.

In the second half, the defence remained solid, and important jab tackles by Deb Bythell and great defensive work by Kayleigh Vickers and joint player of the match Sam Parker ensured Lancaster struggled to get anywhere near the Forest goal.

Forest also had a player green carded when a disagreement about a sidleine ball meant Vickers spent two minutes on the sideline, but great work from Olivia Bythell in midfield, transferring the ball across the pitch to Karen Wignall, and Olivia Purtill, still gave Forest plenty of options.

Lancaster attacks were infrequent and were dealt with by keeper Kendall, making two important saves, one while wrong footed – she managed to dive, and the save with her stick saw the ball dribble just around the left post.

To complete this all round team performance, Crewe netted a penalty flick after a shot was stopped on the line by a Lancaster foot as Forest finished 5-0 winners.

Tomorrow Forest entertain Liverpool Sefton, with a noon pushback.