Pendle Forest complete an unbeaten league campaign

Pendle Forest Hockey Club (red) v Lytham Hockey Club at Marsden Heights Community School, Nelson. Lisa Crewe (No 56) scores her second goal of the game. 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 (No 56) scores her second goal of the game. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday March 12, 2016.

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Pendle Forest thumped Lytham 8-1 as they saw out the season unbeaten.

Straight away Lytham pushed down the left, causing problems for the Forest defence, but Pendle opened the scoring when Lisa Crewe found the back of the net from a penalty corner.

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

This was shortly followed by a Lytham goal when they broke down the middle, neatly beating the last defender and scooping the ball over the goalkeeper.

Forest then went ahead again when Karen Nuttall made sure of an initial reverse stick shot, deflecting the ball into the back of the net.

Following this, a Lytham player was warned after bringing down a Forest player on the edge of the D. A free hit then allowed Crewe to slice the ball into the top left of the net to put Forest 3-1 ahead at the break.

Forest reworked their defence to counteract the Lytham formation, and youngster Freya Bythell scored the fourth goal after a penalty spot pass from Nuttall.

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.

Crewe then went on to score through the keeper’s legs from a penalty corner.

The sixth goal came when a pass out of defence found Freya Bythell again, who neatly took it around the goalkeeper to slot it home.

Lytham had several attacks during the second half but tight marking, particularly by Kayleigh Vickers, thwarted the visitors.

Crewe went on to score two further goals to deservedly win the player of the match award.

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 thirds won 6-3 against Preston to secure promotion.

Diane McInnes opened the scoring after fine work on the right by Emma Ziegloser. Ziegloser passed to Cath Hutchinson, who squared the ball across the keeper and McInnes used her considerable reverse stick skill to fire home.

But Preston equalised to go in 1-1 at half-time.

Hutchinson skipped into the D past three defenders to notch Forest’s second from close range with a reverse strike, and again Preston levelled, but McInnes got her second from a Ziegloser lifted shot. Claire Birkett then scored from an Amy Trickett cross to put Forest 4-2 up, and the same combination of play saw Birkett bag her brace.

Pendle Forest Hockey Club (red) v Lytham Hockey Club at Marsden Heights Community School, Nelson. Thea Cormack makes a clearance. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday March 12, 2016.

Pendle Forest Hockey Club (red) v Lytham Hockey Club at Marsden Heights Community School, Nelson. Thea Cormack makes a clearance. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday March 12, 2016.

Again Preston came back and made it 5-3 after earning themselves several corners, and they could of had a fourth but for Judith Bentham’s goal line clearance.

It was player of the match, Dunleavy that finished off the scoring. Dunleavy squared inside to Hutchinson, who played the ball back to Dunleavy, who dribbled into the D and tucked the ball away.