Lisa Crewe scored a hat-trick as Pendle Forest got their North Hockey Women’s League Division 2 North West season got underway on Saturday with a big against Springfgields at Preston Arena.
Forest, who won the division last season, started strongly, and 10 minutes in, were awarded a penalty corner.
Lisa Crewe, who helped Bowdon Hightown win the England Hockey 5s Championships at Wembley last season, drag flicked the ball into the back of the net to pit Forest ahead.
Their clinical passing then saw Cathy Waters pass to Karen Wignall, whose quick stickwork in front of goal put her on the scoresheet.
Following this, there was some early frustration as a Springfields player was sent in the sinbin for two minutes for dissent.
Forest took advantage as Wignall scored again at the far post, this time with a close range reaction shot after deflection work from Waters.
It was 3-0 at half-time, and Forest began to dominate.
Both Charlotte O’Brien and Kayleigh Vickers put in some strong crosses from the wings which narrowly missed the forwards, but the fourth goal came eventually from a penalty corner, with Crewe putting in a deceptive strike, wrong-footing the goalkeeper.
Crewe was green carded also for a second stick tackle, but then returned to the pitch, completing her hat-trick on her return to Forest, with a clean strike through the goalkeeper’s legs, finding the back of the net to make it 5-0.
Forest play their first home game tomorrow at Marsden Heights at 11-30 a.m. against Longridge, who won their first match 8-4 against Lytham St Anne’s at the weekend.
The second team get their campaign underway with a cup match at Lancaster and Morecambe tomorrow.