Pendle Forest extend unbeaten run

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PENDLE Forest maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign at home to York.

Forest started well and secured a number of short corners. They failed to convert these, however, and were made to pay after 12 minutes when a mistake in defence led to York opening the scoring.

This rejuvenated Forest, and they gained more short corners, but again failed to take advantage.

York scored a second goal shortly before the break, but this was disallowed when an attacker entered the D unlawfully.

Forest started the second half well and gained an early short corner. Kayleigh McKane picked up the ball at the top of the D and found Deb Bythell on the right, who crossed for Hayley Baines to slot home.

The game became a midfield battle, with neither side creating any clear cut chances, but Jan Cormack cleared a shot off the line and player of the match Jayne Kirkpatrick made some great saves in goal.

Captain Cathy Waters (pictured) had a chance late on to take all three points for Forest, but her shot shaved the outside of the post, as the game finished 1-1.

Pendle Forest would like to thank Craig and Jo Jacks for their sponsorship of the match ball. The first team are away against Broom tomorrow.

Pendle Forest second team were away at bottom of the league Chorley and Leyland.

Forest started strongly and Cath Hutchinson scored her first of the day after only four minutes.

This was followed by another goal from Hutchinson four minutes later. Both teams had a short corner in the first half which they failed to convert, leaving the score at half time at 2-0.

The second half started with both teams gaining a short corner without any score, but Forest began to exert their authority on the game.

An excellent 20 minutes saw Forest take complete control of the game with some great passing in midfield that saw Amy Greenwood score Forest’s third of the game, before Hutchinson completed her hat-trick, scoring Forest’s fourth.

Chorley and Leyland scored a consolation goal from a short corner meaning Pendle Forest won 4-1.

The second team are away to Blackpool Ladies second team in the cup this weekend.

Pendle Forest third team were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline this weekend and didn’t look like the team of previous weeks. Forest did start brightly against Springfield’s fourth team, and Rosie Southworth, Abbie Hunter and Olivia Bythell combined well to create a couple of good chances, with Bythell shooting over the bar.

The game really then fell into a midfield battle with only a hint of passing.

The work rate was excellent but the execution not up to scratch.

Springfields took the lead from a short corner and were leading 1-0 at half-time.

After the break, Springfields began to dominate and went 3-0 up from two short corners before Cath Hutchinson got a goal back, converting a pass from Bythell at the edge of the D.

Forest thought they had scored a second when Abbie Hunter had the ball in the net from a shot from the edge of the D, but this was ruled out as the ball was struck from outside. Springfields scored a fourth late on to give them the points.

FINAL SCORE: Pendle Forest 1, York 1