Champions Forest sign off from league in style

Thea Cormack, Harriet Ashworth and Freya Bythell (s).
Thea Cormack, Harriet Ashworth and Freya Bythell (s).
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There was no let up from champions Pendle Forest as they ended their league campaign with a 5-0 win over Carlisle.

In the early stages Kat Gorman was required to pull off an important savem, and Charlotte O’Brien then found the net with a close-range shot following a quickly taken free hit.

Good work from Fiona Head forced a penalty corner with Cathy Waters hitting the post, but gaining a deflection over the line.

O’Brien then followed up with a second goal after dribbling the ball along the back line and forcing it past the keeper.

After the break, Karen Nuttall managed to bag goal number four from close range.

Forest were reduced to eight players as Jan Cormack was sin-binned, andshortly after it was deemed that Olivia Purtil and Kayleigh McKane had stick tackled the opposition.

But with quick reorganisation, Forest managed to cancel out Carlisle, who also received two yellow cards, and once up to full strength, Waters netted a fifth goal with a straight strike.

Pendle Thirds finished off a successful weekend for the club against Longridge in their last home fixture.

Pendle were in the ascendancy from the off with Freya Bythell layingthe ball off to Thea Cormack on the right, and she powered into the D where she struck goalwards, and Debs Batley slotted in from close range.

At the restart Bythell won possession and Emily Dunleavy and Cormack combined with Zoe Kidney, who laid an inside diagonal for Batley to latch onto, making it 2-0.

Bythell was then rewarded for her tireless work when her shot from the edge of the D slipped through the keeper’s legs.

And when a Longridge player stopping a goalbound ball with her foot, Bythell, kept her composure from the penalty flick.

In the second half Cormack added a fifth after a great forward run from Harriet Ashworth, and Bythell sealed her hat-trick with an accurate push.

Meanwhile, three members of the third and Under 15s team have been being picked for Lancashire Under 14s.

Cormack, Ashworth and Freya Bythell have attended eight training sessions at AKS school since September and also played in a selection tournament in Altrincham. All three have caught the eye of the selectors and will now represent their county in two tournaments - the first being this Sunday in Chester, and the second is at Stanley Park, Blackpool in April.. Rebecca Wood has also been training with the Lancashire Under 13s squad at Stonyhurst College since September.