Forest strike late to secure the points while thirds edge seven-goal thriller

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Pendle Forest made a slow start giving Liverpool the early upper hand.

The first opportunity came from Forest when Cathy Waters broke through the uni defence setting up Karen Nuttall for a shot that just went wide of the post.

Forest tightened up their defence towards half time and debutant Mawgan Naylor put in a good performance at right defence.

A stern talking to by manager Scott Hornby at half time set Forest back on track. They began to meet the physical strength of the Liverpool side and battled well just slightly overstepping the mark when Olivia Bythell was shown a green card.

Forests break came when, using their width, they split the uni defence and a cross from Cathy Waters allowed Fiona Chadwick to sweep the ball in hard, hitting the top right hand corner of the net.

Further to this there was some great determined play by Olivia Purtill in midfield and crucial tackling by Fiona Head in the dying minutes of the game.

The first team have an important double header this weekend, playing third placed Springfields at home on Saturday at 11-30am at Marsden Heights Community College before playing second placed Clitheroe in a rearranged game away on Sunday.

Meanwhile Forest’s third string travelled to Preston to face their third team at Preston Sports Club.

Forest took the lead for the first time when Birkett scored, following two goals from Cormack.

Preston equalised but McInnes found the bottom left hand corner to give Forest a 4-3 win.