Pendle Forest reach halfway stage with perfect record

Pendle Forest's Charlotte O'Brien.
Pendle Forest's Charlotte O'Brien.

Charlotte O’Brien scored the only goal as Pendle Forest beat Formby 1-0 to make it 11 wins from 11 games at the top of North Hockey Women’s League Division 2 North West.

Formby set a fast pace from the off, and Forest took a while to settle, but after 15 minutes, a solo effort down the right wing from O’Brien was rewarded as she swept a fantastic shot into the top corner of the net.

Forest’s experience began to show and in the second half Formby found themselves defending their lines.

They could hold their frustration no longer, and after a team warning for leaving their sticks in late during tackles, a Formby player was yellow carded and they were temporarily down to 10.

Forest conceded no penalty corners during the game and in the second half, player of the match Deb Bythell had a key role in feeding the attack.

Although Forest piled on the pressure, Formby managed to thwart any attempts at goal and Forest had to settle for the 1-0 win.

They are at bottom side Lancaster tomorrow.

The seconds beat Clitheroe 3-1, with Judith Hind scoring two and Kayleigh Vickers one.

It was third against fourth when Forest thirds met Brookfields on Saturday.

Forest never really got out of the blocks which allowed a strong, physical, Brookfields to command the game.

Within the first 10 minutes Brookfields opened the scoring through a penalty corner that the Forest defence failed to clear.

The Forest youth then took charge of midfield with great work from Freya Bythell and Thea Cormack, and their persistence paid off as Cormack picked up the ball on the right and dribbled into the D to play a lifted shot past the keeper to make it 1-1.

However, Brookfields made keeper Debbie Lancaster work hard, and despite a string of first class stops, the ball fell kindly as Brookfields snatched two more goals, making it 3-1 at half-time.

Forest came out a stronger, and more determined, team and Brookfields were run ragged by the speed of Bythell, Niamh Mullany and Cormack and by the excellent passing of Emily Dunleavy at left midfield.

Despite peppering the Brookfield’s goal with shots Forest couldn’t find a way passt their keeper, who was on top form.

The game ended 3-1 to Brookfields, with Dunleavy named Forest’s player of the match.