Pendle Forest challenge in women’s hockey league

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Pendle Forest stay second in the North West Women’s Hockey League Second Division after a 1-1 draw at Preston Arena against Garstang last Saturday.

Garstang went ahead from a set piece penalty corner a few minutes from half-time.

And, in the second half, Jayne Kirkpatrick made several important penalty corner saves.

Forest managed to turn the play around, forcing a penalty flick with Olivia Bythell stepping up to take, only to narrowly miss the post.

While Forest were on top, Karen Wignall was in the right place at the right time when a ball was played into the D to force home an equaliser.

Forest thirds earned a 3-0 win over Clitheroe thirds to leapfrog their opponents into a promotion spot.

The locals went ahead when the ball was belted from midfield by Charlotte O’Brien to Emma Zieglose, who fired a rocket of a ball across the D to Claire Birkett, who controlled and slipped it towards the back of the D to Dee McInnes to push past the keeper.

Forest went 2-0 ahead a few minutes later when again O’Brien sent a ball from midfield to Cath Hutchinson, who drew the keeper and slipped the ball square for McInnes to slot home.

The points were secured in the second half when Hutchinson sent a straight ball to Birkett, who slipped to Ziegloser in the D, to fire in from close range.

Meanwhile, the U13 travelled to Preston Sports Arena on Sunday for the second round of their league.

They drew their first match against Blackpool 2-2, and added to that with a 1-0 win against Lancaster and Morecambe.

Zoe Kidney went close before Thea Cormack scored the winning goal when her shot hit the post and rebounded in front of goal for her to slot home.