Vickers scores twice as Forest extend run

Freya Bythell, Olivia Purtill, Olivia Bythell and Thea Cormack (s).
Freya Bythell, Olivia Purtill, Olivia Bythell and Thea Cormack (s).

Pendle Forest extended their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win at Preston.

Forest got off to a very unsettled start, and mistakes at the back left keeper Laura Kendall exposed to several shots, but she cleared the lines and helped get Forest back into the game.

With the pressure back on Preston, Dani Hornby took a free hit quickly, ran into the D and found Kayleigh Vickers on the left post, who placed the ball past the keeper.

Five minutes later a move starting from Jan Cormack in defence was well-executed, with several players involved, eventually finding Lisa Crewe, who fired the ball home.

Crewe narrowly missed getting a second after a couple of penalty corner attempts were slightly wide of the post.

Preston shook things up in the second half, with a change in formation.

Sam Parker was sinbinned for two minutes and Forest failed to organise quickly and allowed Preston onto the scoresheet, when a cross from the right found a Preston forward in the D, who finished well.

A further green card was then shown to Fiona Head, putting Forest on the back foot, shortly followed by a yellow for Preston. Forest capitalised on this opportunity, allowing Vickers to bag a third goal, with Hornby again the provider.

The first team play Northern at home tomorrow.

The seconds beat Springfields 6 - 1 after going behind. Judith Hind got a hat-trick, Hayley Baines scored two and Rosie Southworth one. They play Blackpool away tomorrow.

The thirds host Brookfields tomorrow.

Four Forest girls represented Lancashire Under 21s on Sunday in Macclesfield – Olivia Bythell, Freya Bythell, Thea Cormack and Olivia Purtill.

They won all three games, and Olivia Bythell was on target in the final game.