Forest ease worries Ladies start with a defeat

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Pendle Forest gave their hopes of avoiding relegation a shot in the arm with two priceless wins over the weekend.

The side team travelled to Crewe on Saturday for a real six-pointer.

Forest started on the back foot and found themselves pressed back into their own half as Crewe dominated possession for the first 15 minutes, but were unable to create any opportunities.

Forest hit Crewe on the break, and with their first real opportunity, Hayley Baines found herself with a tap in to put Forest 1-0 up.

Crewe stepped up their game and after 10 minutes of sustained pressure they grabbed an equaliser to leave the score 1-1 at half-time.

Forest game out fighting in the second half and started passing the ball around midfield with Catherine Waters, Deb Bythell, Dani Atherton and player of the match Olivia Bythell controlling the game.

Forest were rewarded for their possession when Deb Bythell looped a fantastic short corner over the Crewe goalkeeper.

Forest continued pressing, and from another short corner Atherton shot low into the left corner to increase the lead. Forest relaxed and were made to pay with the last hit of the game when the Crewe captain fired in a short corner, but Forest came away with all three points.

Forest were also in action on Sunday in a rearranged fixture against Leeds Carnegie in another must-win game against a team who were just above them in the league.

Forest started off well when player of the match Sally Evans (pictured) scored a fine individual goal.

The ball stayed in the Forest attacking half for the next 10 minutes, with Leeds only occasionally finding space through the Forest defence.

Not long after they started to look more dangerous, with some good individual play which led to a penalty corner.

They continued to press and equalised from a penalty corner, beating Jayne Kirkpatrick in the Forest goal.

With fresh legs on the side and two green cards awarded to the opposition, Forest could smell a second victory of the weekend, and scored again when the outstanding Evans broke down the right and found Catherine Waters at the back post for a tap in.

The second half saw some good midfield and attacking play but chances were squandered by Forest.

Then in the dying seconds of play, Leeds gained a penalty corner, but Kirkpatrick forced the shot wide and ensured the scoreline remained 2-1 to Forest.

Forest play Wakefield at home tomorrow in a bid to continue their winning streak.

The seconds were at Longridge and a fine start was rewarded when they were awarded a penalty corner which was injected by Judith Hind, and with a straight strike from the top of the D, converted by Claire Moores.

Forest scored again from a penalty corner using the same tactic, with Hind injecting and Moores converting.

After the break, the Forest defence remained strong and excellent keeping from Laura Kendall earned a clean sheet.

Player of the match was Natalie Mitchell.

The third team entertained Morecambe on Saturday in a game they could ill afford to lose. Forest played well throughout, and chances were taken by Cath Hutchinson, Lesley Davey and Kat Gorman, ensuring a 3-0 victory.

Deb Lancaster pulled off a fantastic save from a short corner with the score at 2-0 to win the player of the match.