Pendle Forest Hockey Club first team travelled to Bolton to begin their preparations for the new season against a team who play in the division above.
Forest welcomed back former Bowdon High Town star Lisa Crewe after a five-year absence, and her presence was felt immediately when she converted a penalty corner after five minutes with a disguised shot at goal.
Forest maintained their early pressure and went two ahead when captain Cathy Waters scored with a direct strike from the top of the D at another short corner.
Despite missing a number of regular players, all the Forest players worked as a team to dominate possession during the first period, and take their 2-0 lead into the break.
Bolton changed their formation during the second period to play with a high attacker to try and stretch the play.
This worked in Forest’s favour as the midfield of Charlotte O’Brien, Olivia Bythell, Freya Bythell and Crewe exploited the space, resulting in several shots at goal.
One run from Crewe ended with a spectacular reverse stick shot across goal that hit the crossbar.
Forest went even further ahead when Crewe dispossessed a Bolton midfielder to pass the ball out to the right to Sally Evans.
Evans fed Freya Bythell on the right wing, and a first-time cross found Waters shoot at goal for her second of the game.
Bolton rarely threatened, with Dani Hornby and Deb Bythell snuffing out any Bolton attacks with ease.
As it was a friendly, three periods of 20 minutes were played.
During the final period, both teams tired, and although Forest were the better team, Bolton did have some shots on goal, with Laura Kendall in goal making a good diving save to her right hand side.
Forest looked comfortable on the ball and ended up worthy 3-0 winners.
Forest have a friendly against Formby at home today at noon, with the first league game on September 19th at Springfields.