Perfect 10 for league leaders Pendle Forest

Hayley Baines scored a hat-trick for Pendle Forest in their win against Preston Ladies
Hayley Baines scored a hat-trick for Pendle Forest in their win against Preston Ladies
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Pendle Forest extended their perfect record to move five points clear of the Division Two North West table after 10 games.

Preston Ladies were the first opponents to be put to the sword over the double-header weekend as the league leaders secured a thumping 9-0 triumph.

Freya Bythell opened the scoring for the hosts before Thea Cormack assisted Lisa Crewe for goal number two with a beautifully weighted pass, defence-splitting pass through the centre of the pitch.

Into the second half, Crewe was involved in the attack again when her deceptive pass found Cathy Waters who struck the ball past the left foot of the goalkeeper with ease.

Waters also followed up on the fourth after a shot from Hayley Baines was deflected into her path. It wasn’t long before Baines managed to get on the scoresheet herself after a pull back from Waters.

She was in the thick of the action and managed to secure her hat-trick, scoring two more with help from Waters and Karen Wignall.

Preston struggled to get into the Forest half but a break kept GK Laura Kendall on her toes having to make a glove save outstretched on the floor before quickly jumping up to block the rebound.

Back on track, player of the match Cormack then stepped up to strike in the eighth goal, followed by Waters who, with her final strike, gained a hat-trick also as well as finishing the game off with a commanding scoreline.

The following day, Forest faced a well disciplined Liverpool Sefton side whose strong and accurate passing forced the home side to work hard.

The Merseysiders took a slender cushion in to the interval when they found a way through from a penalty corner.

However, they responded after the break in a bid to retain their unbeaten record and they pinned their opponents back in their own half.

Their opening came when Freya Bythell took a shot in the ‘D’ which struck the keeper’s pads but the deflection was quickly pounced on by Lisa Crewe who fired the rebound home.

Their second goal came quickly when a ball down the left found Bythell in lots of space. She attacked the Sefton defence and found a ball through to Cormack on the back post who had an easy push into the goal.

Forest dominated the half throughout and were awarded a third goal close to the end. After passing the ball around the back several times, slick one-two passing in midfield allowed Bythell the space to run down the right wing and along the backline to find Wignall at the back post for a simple tap in to win the game 3-1.