Pendle Forest maintained their 100% start to the season as they beat Liverpool Sefton 5-1, with two goals from the returning Charlotte Hartley.
Forest were under threat from Liverpool Sefton from the first blow of the whistle. They came forward in numbers and made keeper Laura Kendall work hard.
A breakaway from Forest saw them attack quickly and panic the Sefton defence. The defender attempted to clear the ball off the back line, but instead found Forest captain Cathy Waters, who tipped the ball in by the right post.
This was shortly followed by Lisa Crewe firing the ball home at a penalty corner to put Forest 2-0 up at the break.
In the second half, Olivia Bythell saw an opportunity for a quick move from a defensive sideline, involving Crewe, finally finding Hartley, who effortlessly took on the keeper to make it 3-0.
Waters made it 4-0 from a well-executed free hit just outside the D, before Liverpool fired a bullet of a penalty corner into the back of the net.
Still with good passages of play from both teams, Forest edged away with yet another goal from former international Hartley at a penalty corner, who, although having been in retirement from National League hockey for a while, hadn’t lost her skillful ways.
The first team play Preston away tomorrow.
Forest second team lost 2-1 at Lancaster and Morecambe with Freya Bythell scoring the goal. They play Springfields thirds at home at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Forest’s third string met Lytham thirds in their first home fixture of the season.
Within the first 15 minutes Forest were 3-0 up. The first came as Cath Hutchinson forced her way down the right of the D and slid a square ball in front of the keeper for an easy tap in for the returning Emma Ziegloser. Hutchinson then scored a very similar close range goal, this time the provider being Emily Dunleavy. Hutchinson once again turned provider when she slipped through to Ziegloser to net her second.
Within the next 10 minutes, Forest added another four goals, Ziegloser grabbed her hat-trick after great link up play from Julie Findon and Amy Greenwood. Another returnee, Chloe Robinson, netted with a clinical sweep past the stranded keeper. Hutchinson scored again with a neat lift over the keeper’s pad, and Sally Ralphson was then in the right place at the right time to nudge a saved shot over the line. The eighth goal came from young Ralphson who positioned herself well to pick up on the rebound off the keeper.
Emily Dunleavy notched her first goal of the season after a penalty corner routine and Greenwood then got Forest’s 10th. The 11th came from a Hutchinson who sprinted 45 metres into the D, dinked the defender and then slapped in from the spot.
Birkett then scored, Greenwood netted again and Hutchinson rounded the 14-0 rout off with her fourth.