Forest run riot to extend lead at top of the table

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

Pendle Forest’s 100% record was extended with a 7-2 win over Lytham to go five points clear at the top of North Hockey Women’s League Division 2 North West.

A slow start from Forest let the Lytham attack in, and their pressure resulted in two penalty corners, but without conversion.

Forest rallied, but before they could settle, Lytham deflected the ball over the keeper from a short corner to go 1-0 up.

Within minutes Forest replied with a penalty corner conversion by Dani Hornby, directing the ball across the keeper into the bottom left corner.

As the game heated up, the umpires gave out individual warnings for verbal and ill-disciplined behaviour. Disregarding the warning, Lytham found themselves down to nine.

Forest took the opportunity to press, and a mishit shot from Lisa Crewe found its way over the line.

Further verbals from Crewe then also saw her leaving the pitch for two minutes, but once back on produced a gliding cross, picking out player of the match Thea Cormack at full stretch, just failing to find the net.

Forest managed to make it 3-1 just before the break with an identical penalty strike from Hornby, again finding the botttom left corner from the top right of the D.

There was no room for complacency from Forest, and a through ball to Freya Bythell allowed her to carve her way through the Lytham defence and slip it past the keeper.

Pulling away, Forest then made it 5-1, with Vickers slotting the ball home at the back post after a cross from the right hand side of the pitch.

Lytham fought back, bringing the score to 5-2, but Forest went straight up the other end of the pitch for Crewe to score her second of the game.

Forest’s final goal came from Cathy Waters after a short corner was slipped to the left for her rocket of a shot to smash against the backboard.

Tomorrow’s fixture is at second place Lancaster.

Forest thirds were back to winning ways in a somewhat disjointed match against Blackpool’s first team.

Forest’s opener came as Cath Hutchinson reverse hit the ball goal wards, the keeper saved but Debs Batley followed up to slap the ball in from close range.

Hutchinson turned provider to play Claire Birkett in to make it 2-0.

In the second half, Hutchinson added a third goal, before player of the match Birkett completed the scoring.

Forest’s veterans lost 4-0 at home on Sunday in the All England Cup against Newcastle.