Pendle Forest travelled to Lytham at the weekend and came away with an excellent 6-1 victory.
They began the match in fine style taking the lead in the opening minute when Lisa Crewe tested the Lytham goalkeeper and Kayleigh Vickers tucked away the rebound to go 1-0 up in the first minute.
Shortly after, Forest made it 2-0 when a strike from Dani Hornby hit the carefully tilted stick of Charlotte O’Brien finding the top netting.
Then Lytham had an early warning for stick tackling and minutes later had a player sinbinned.
This allowed Cathy Waters to strike at goal from a short corner making it 3-0 and just before the break Crewe found a gap through the keeper’s legs from another penalty corner to secure a 4-0 scoreline at half-time.
The second half felt like a continuous battle for Forest to get the ball close to the opposition’s goal.
Lytham had their own breakaways and although not looking dangerous, they earned a penalty corner and hammered the ball inside the right post.
Another green card for Crewe and a member of the opposition saw both teams down to 10 but it did not inhibit Forest and number five came through a reverse stick sweep from O’Brien .
The final goal of the afternoon originated from some strong play from Olivia Bythell forcing her way in to the ugly zone in front of goal and with a shot attempt she went down but O’Brien completed her hat-trick with a lifted ball
The first team are at Marsden Heights on Saturday against Liverpool Sefton at 11.30am.
• Forest’s second team hosted Lancaster University in their first league fixture.
In an evenly-matched first half, Forest found themselves 1-0 down after a university forward found herself in a lot of space leaving Kirkpatrick, in the Forest goal, with little chance of making the save.
Forest responded positively when Zoe Kidney, swept a reverse stick ball across the goal from the left-hand side that deflected past the visitors’ keeper off a defender.
Forest could have gone 2-1 down but Kirkpatrick made a superb save from a penalty flick just before the half-time whistle.
In the second half, the home side dominated the game and scored three further goals through Kidney, Hayley Baines and Natalie Mitchell to record a 4-1 victory.
The second team play away against Lancaster and Morecambe on Saturday.
The third team travelled to newly-relegated Fulwood for their first league match.
Despite Cath Hutchinson striking the post, the score was goalless at half-time.
After the break, Hurchinson gave Forest the lead with a terrific shot and it was a lead Forest were able to hang on to despite coming under of pressure in the closing stages.