Pendle Forest Hockey Club extend unbeaten start

Pendle Forest remain unbeaten
Pendle Forest remain unbeaten

Pendle Forest Hockey Club’s first team extended their unbeaten start to the season against Garstang.

Forest started well, and some great stickwork rewarded Hayley Baines with a fantastic reverse stick goal, which hit the roof of the net.

The locals continued to push forcing errors from the Garstang defence, and a penalty corner to Forest was played out to Olivia Bythell, who, with time and confidence on the ball, placed her shot through the defensive gap, left of the keeper, to put Forest 2-0 up.

It wasnt all plain sailing, and down at the other end, player of the match, keeper Laura Kendall, made some crucial saves, showing some awesome speed to cover and save at both posts.

Forest had a goal disallowed when Cathy Waters’ shot was judged to have been too high from a short corner, before Karen Wignall slotted home the rebound.

Forest dominated the second half with some great individual play from Dani Hornby, as well as good passing and movement from the forwards.

The frustration began to show on the Garstang defence as a player was sin binned for stick tackling.

Forest capitalised on this, scoring their third goal with a perfectly-struck penalty corner from Waters.

The first team are at home at Marsden Heights Community College against Clitheroe tomorrow at noon, with all support welcome.

The seconds beat Witton Warriors 3-0, with Judith Hind, Fiona Chadwick and Natalie Mitchell scoring.

Olivia Purtill was named player of the match.

Pendle’s Third team were missing key players for their match against Springfields fourth team, but, nevertheless were up for the challenge, bringing in debutants Amy and Debs Trickett.

There was good work from Forest from Amy Trickett and Dani Hornby which saw them press into the D on a number of occasions.

Sadly, shots on goal from Claire Birkett, Amy Trickett and Dee McInnes were all saved by the keeper.

But despite good defensive work from the ever-reliable Judy Bentham, there was no stopping the rocket of a ball that the fresh legged Spingfields substitute fired into the bottom right hand corner.

Forest were somewhat rocked to be a goal down, and before they had time to settle, Springfields earned a penalty corner after a foul in the D, to take a 2-0 lead into half-time.

The locals came out strong in the second half ,and great link up play between Hornby and Cath Hutchinson gave Hutchinson space in the D, and she deftly lifted the ball goalwards, forcing a good stop.

Springfields came back at Forest and despite a valiant tackle from Rosie Southworth to prevent a shot at goal, she was deemed to have fouled the striker and a penalty corner was awarded to make it 3-0.

Forest pushed forward and created several chances, however, Springfields scored their fourth goal on the break.

Forest didn’t let their heads drop and Hutchinson scored a late consolation.