Crewe hits hat-trick as Forest win the derby

Freya Bythell and Thea Cormack
Freya Bythell and Thea Cormack
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Lisa Crewe hit a hat-trick as Pendle Forest made it six wins from six with a 6-1 derby success at Clitheroe and Blackburn on Saturday.

Crewe gave Forest an early lead, coming out on top in a one on one with the keeper.

Keeper Jane Kirkpatrick made an excellent save to deny Clitheroe an equaliser.

Possession was given away easily by both sides, creating many opportunities for both teams to score.

Olivia Bythell took a stick in the face and left the field briefly, only to come back on and score a reverse stick shot, making it 2-0.

Two more goals from Crewe made it 4-0 for Forest, before Clitheroe pulled one back before the break.

The second half began in feisty fashion, with umpire Sarah Towers showing cards to Kayleigh Blacklock and her opponent for repeated tussling.

Another goal came for Forest, after a flick from Deb Bythell was followed up on the rebound by Kayleigh Vickers.

Blacklock and her opponent were again carded as the match turned ugly in the last 15 minutes.

There was still time for Forest to bag a sixth after a reverse stick shot from player of the match Crewe found the net.

Forest are at home to Lytham tomorrow at 11-30 a.m., followed by the thirds.

l Freya Bythell and Thea Cormack joined 450 of the nation’s brightest and best young players at Oaklands College, St Albans at the weekend to battle for glory in the 2016 Futures Cup, following in the footsteps of Olivia Bythell.

The Pendle Forest pair represented Pennine Pumas Under 16s, who finished fifth in the six-team tournament, beating Celtic Jaguars 4-0 in their play-off match.

The Futures Cup simulates the atmosphere and layout of an international tournament, preparing them for life potentially as an international player in the not-too distant future.