Pendle Forest’s final warm-up game at Brooklands Poynton fell by the wayside after the opposition cancelled.
But Forest will start their North Hockey Women’s League Division 1 campaign tomorrow at home to Chester (11-30 a.m.) in good shape after an encouraging display in a 4-1 defeat to Fylde, before a 6-0 win over Bolton.
Meanwhile, Emma Ziegloser scored twice as Pendle Forest’s third team were in action in the Lakes on Saturday in a pre-season friendly against Windermere.
Forest knew it would be a tough game as Windermere had won all four previous meetings.
Windermere set off quickly, giving the Forest defence plenty to cope with.
Despite great performances by sweeper Lucy Driscoll and right back Paula Markham, Windermere kept finding a way through, and only heroics from Forest keeper Jane Lofthouse, kept them out.
However, a great solo effort and well-worked penalty corner gave Windermere a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Forest were never going to lie down, and their midfield battled well, with the new combination of Cath Hutchinson and Emily Dunleavy working well in the centre.
Hutchinson played the ball wide right to Fran Ratcliffe, who sprinted down the wing and crossed into the D, where Hutchinson got a vital touch, sending the ball to Ziegloser at the left post, who netted in the bottom right corner.
Forest went into the half-time break buoyed by their goal, but at the restart Windermere were in the ascendancy again.
Forest’s defence were organised and newcomer, Lois Page, put in a solid performance.
Forest’s second came from a Windermere attack, Driscoll tackled in the D and distributed right to Rebecca Wood.
Wood powered down the right and played an inside square ball to Dunleavy, who crossed to Ziegloser, who slotted home from close range.
Windermere once again managed to score with another well-worked move, but Forest were soon back on the attack with Ratcliffe, Dunleavy and Hutchinson linking well with tidy one-twos, and when the ball was slipped through to Claire Birkett, she deftly reverse sticked the ball over the line.
Tomorrow, the seconds are at home against Garstang seconds, and the thirds are at Lytham.