Forest recover from slow start to beat Longridge

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

Pendle Forest came from two goals down after five minutes to beat Longridge on Saturday.

Longridge started the better, opening up Forest in the early stages.

A short corner brought the away team’s first goal, as a scramble in the D eventually ended with the ball crossing the line in fortunate fashion.

It wasn’t long after when Forest were in real trouble when a short corner was drag flicked to Laura Kendall’s right hand side, and the ever reliable Forest keeper was unable to stop it bursting the net.

Pendle would have to come from behind for the first time this season to secure the points.

However for the short period Forest were behind, they looked to hit back immediately, and when a short corner routine allowed Karen Nuttall to deflect the ball into the net, they halved the deficit.

Much like the Longridge goals, the home team’s also came in quick succession when Lisa Crewe squeezed the ball through the defence from another short corner, leaving the keeper motionless.

As the hosts knew from the start, they were definitely up against it, and in the second half the game – much like last week – fell foul to overappealing and consistent stick tackling.

This resulted in three players being sidelined with green cards and a pause within the match where stand in skipper Olivia Bythell had to rally her team for a short period as instructed by both umpires.

Forest were looking the more likely winners as Freya Bythell, Nuttall, Cathy Killgallon and Crewe all looked set to score at points in the second half, but were denied.

With five minutes left, however, Pendle had turned their 2-0 deficit into a win, completing the comeback when Crewe found just enough space to thrash the ball into the far netting.

Forest travel to Clitheroe and Blackburn Ladies on Saturday for a 1-30 p.m. kick-off.

Forest seconds climbed to joint third after a 2-0 win over second place Lancaster and Morecambe.

In the first half, Forest absorbed pressure, with keeper Jayne Kirkpatrick making crucial saves.

Robyn Plant and Ali De Curtis worked hard to control the midfield, with play dominated by the right hand side of the pitch, with Rachel O’Brien and Zoe Kidney working hard.

By half-time Forest were the more dominant team but had failed to capitalise on their chances.

The second half of the game proved to be more fruitful, as leading goal scorer Hayley Baines scored from a penalty corner with a controlled lift into top left hand corner.

Rosie Southworth made crucial tackles to stop Lancaster equalising, before Plant spotted Natalie Mitchell in space, and she beat a defender to enable a square pass across the front of the goal for Freya Bythell to seal victory.