Pendle Forest striker Charlotte cuts Lytham down to size

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

Pendle Forest travelled to Lytham at the weekend and came away with an excellent 6-1 victory.

They began the match in fine style taking the lead in the opening minute when Lisa Crewe tested the Lytham goalkeeper and Kayleigh Vickers tucked away the rebound to go 1-0 up in the first minute.

Shortly after, Forest made it 2-0 when a strike from Dani Hornby hit the carefully tilted stick of Charlotte O’Brien finding the top netting.

Then Lytham had an early warning for stick tackling and minutes later had a player sinbinned.

This allowed Cathy Waters to strike at goal from a short corner making it 3-0 and just before the break Crewe found a gap through the keeper’s legs from another penalty corner to secure a 4-0 scoreline at half-time.

The second half felt like a continuous battle for Forest to get the ball close to the opposition’s goal.

Lytham had their own breakaways and although not looking dangerous, they earned a penalty corner and hammered the ball inside the right post.

Another green card for Crewe and a member of the opposition saw both teams down to 10 but it did not inhibit Forest and number five came through a reverse stick sweep from O’Brien .

The final goal of the afternoon originated from some strong play from Olivia Bythell forcing her way in to the ugly zone in front of goal and with a shot attempt she went down but O’Brien completed her hat-trick with a lifted ball

The first team are at Marsden Heights on Saturday against Liverpool Sefton at 11.30am.

• Forest’s second team hosted Lancaster University in their first league fixture.

In an evenly-matched first half, Forest found themselves 1-0 down after a university forward found herself in a lot of space leaving Kirkpatrick, in the Forest goal, with little chance of making the save.

Forest responded positively when Zoe Kidney, swept a reverse stick ball across the goal from the left-hand side that deflected past the visitors’ keeper off a defender.

Forest could have gone 2-1 down but Kirkpatrick made a superb save from a penalty flick just before the half-time whistle.

In the second half, the home side dominated the game and scored three further goals through Kidney, Hayley Baines and Natalie Mitchell to record a 4-1 victory.

The second team play away against Lancaster and Morecambe on Saturday.

The third team travelled to newly-relegated Fulwood for their first league match.

Despite Cath Hutchinson striking the post, the score was goalless at half-time.

After the break, Hurchinson gave Forest the lead with a terrific shot and it was a lead Forest were able to hang on to despite coming under of pressure in the closing stages.