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Sunday 4th March 2018

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Lancaster 1s 5-0 Leyland and Chorley 1s

Lancaster powered their way to a resounding 5-0 win against Leyland to win the league title with 3 games left to play. Lancaster attacked from the off with Player of the Match Hayley Johns working the ball forwards, through the middle towards the strikers winning penalty corners, but they just couldn't make them count. But Lancaster weren't deterred and continued to press high with Nat Clark and Julie Walker working hard upfront pressing Leyland's defence.

An early injury to Cath Foy meant a quick reshuffle but Lancaster responded well and after 20 minutes they got the all-important breakthrough goal when Holly Farquharson found some room on the right of the D and smashed the ball into the far corner. Lancaster visibly relaxed after this goal and soon got into their groove with debutant Jo Higgs flying down the left firing some great balls into the D. With one ball she found Nicola Conway who in turn found Walker who found the back of the net from close range. Lancaster made it 3 just before half time from a penalty corner, which Conway fired across the D and Jayde Christeansen deflected in diving in at the far post.

Into the 2nd half and all credit to Leyland they came out fast and attacked hard winning penalty corners which Johns closed down and Heather Andrew cleared to safety. Both teams were flying up and down the pitch and Leighan Bleasdale stood firm to keep her clean sheet intact. Clark worked the ball into the D winning a penalty corner which Conway dispatched with aplomb.

Only 5 minutes later Ali Standeven drove the ball into the D winning another penalty corner which Conway scored again with a carbon copy goal. With 10 minutes to go Lancaster were getting tired after 2 games in the weekend but Jess Burrows kept them going, working hard through the middle winning a number of 50/50 challenges.

At the final whistle Lancaster were ecstatic as they had won the league! Manager Amy Howard has organised them well all season and was proud of how her team have performed week in week out. They have played fantastic hockey every week and deserve the success they have achieved. They still have their 1/4 final England Hockey Cup game to play in 2 weeks and 3 more league games, so they can't afford to take their foot off the pedal. But for now they can surely be happy and proud that they have won the league title.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, C Foy, J Christeansen, H Farquharson, J Higgs, H Johns, J Burrows, A Standeven (C), J Walker, N Clark and N Conway

Player of the Match: Hayley Johns

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

Saturday 3rd March 2018

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Lancaster 1s 2-0 Lytham St Annes 1s

Lancaster went 7 points clear with a fantastic 2-0 win over 2nd placed Lytham. Lancaster started a little slow and Lytham put them on the back foot but goal keeper Leighan Bleasdale stayed strong to deny Lytham a goal. Jayde Christeansen and Player of the Match Heather Andrew kept it tight at the back and Cath Foy was strong in the tackle all game.

Lancaster soon got into the game with Holly Farquharson and Nina Helme working the flanks to good effect. After a great run from Helme she found Ali Standeven in the D who took the ball round the keeper but took it too wide for the shot. She managed to loop it back around and squared it to Julie Walker who made no mistake from 5 yards out. Lancaster were now on the front foot and not long after, Nicola Conway made it 2. She pressed high and robbed the ball off the last defender before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner. Lancaster were flying forwards now with Hannahlise Morris and Hayley Johns working the ball into the D which hit a foot on the line, winning Lancaster a penalty stroke. Johns stepped up but unfortunately put it wide of the post.

Into the 2nd half and the game became a little scrappy meaning both sides became a little agitated and cards were shown. But Lancaster kept working hard with Nat Clark pressing Lytham's defence but Lancaster just couldn't get another goal. But they won the crucial 3 points, meaning they are now only one win away from winning the league.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, C Foy, J Christeansen, H Farquharson, N Helme, H Johns, H Morris, N Conway, N Clark, J Walker, A Standeven (C) and J Burrows

Player of the Match: Heather Andrew

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents

Sunday 25th February 2018

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England Hockey Over 35s Tier 2 Competition

Lancaster O35s v City of York O35s

Lancaster welcomed City of York in what was a War of the Roses fixture in the 5th round of the EH O35s Tier 2 Competition.

Lancaster started the brightest had had a couple of early chances and most of the possession. In what seemed against the run of play City of York broke the deadlock after finding the right corner of the goal after a cross bobbled over the defensive lines sticks.

Undeterred Lancaster played their own game and won a flurry of short corners. The equaliser came from a one two routine between Ali Standeven and Julie Walker; Standeven smashing the ball into the net. The scores were level going into half time.

City of York stepped up the pressure in the second half and the tired/injured legs of some players were struggling to keep up. Goalkeeper Gael Atherton made a number of fine saves to keep the scores level. Defenders Gill Briggs and Amanda Bamforth were committed to clearing their lines often diving to sweep the ball away from danger. Captain Katie Benter also bravely defended the D and played most of the second half with a fractured thumb.

City of York themselves won a number of short corners and were able to convert a straight strike meaning Lancaster were chasing the game once again.

Into the final minutes Lancaster looked as though they were going to take the game to flicks but Hazel Irwin’s effort was achingly deflected wide of the post.

Despite the result the team progressed two rounds further than last season and have represented the Club proudly.

Team: G Atherton (GK), A Bamforth, G Briggs, R Mackie, K Adamson-Benz, K Foster, J Ashworth, J Walker, A Standeven, K Benter (C), C Rawes, H Irwin, D Taylor and L Taylor

Cup Competition Sponsor: Vogue Hair  

Ball Sponsor: Colin Knowles Decorating Services                                        

Saturday 17th February 2018

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Garstang 1s 0-8 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster remained top of the league after a dominant display against local rivals Garstang. 

Lancaster attacked from the off pressuring Garstang's D and winning numerous penalty corners. After only 10 minutes Lancaster scored with top goalscorer Nicola Conway finding the net with a cool finish after a 1-2 with Ali Standeven. It wasn't long before it was 2 when Julie Walker found the net on the rebound. Conway soon grabbed her second with a fine finish, her hat-trick after a neat 1-2 with Walker at a well worked penalty corner routine and found the net again to make it 5-0 going into half time.

Lancaster's defence of Katie Benter and Jayde Christeansen were solid all game, tackling hard and starting the play from the back. Goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale didn't have much to do in the 1st half but she kept her concentration and got down well to save a rare shot on her goal.

Into the 2nd half and there was no let up for Garstang. Lancaster didn't give them a second on the ball with Hayley Johns, Hannahlise Morris and Cath Foy dominating the midfield with their speed and tenacity. 

               

Holly Farquharson and Toni Fagan were fantastic on the wings, up and down all game attacking well and defending hard. 

Lancaster made it 6-0 when Standeven converted from a penalty corner. Lancaster's passing was on point today and it really left Garstang chasing shadows. Christeansen made it 7 from a penalty corner when she slid in at the back post diverting the ball into the bottom corner.

Player of the match Conway capped off a fine performance scoring her 5th of the game and notching up 30 league goals for the season. After fantastic play on the left from Nat Clark, who did not stop running all game, Conway was quickest to react on the ball into the D and she expertly finished with an exquisite reverse stick shot.

It was a superb team performance from Lancaster who passed their way to success today and it was a pleasure to see. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), K Benter, J Christeansen, T Fagan, C Foy, H Morris, H Johns, H Farquharson, N Clark, J Walker, N Conway and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Nicola Conway 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents

Saturday 27th January 2018

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Lancaster 1s 2-0 Formby 1s

Lancaster were in fantastic form going into the game but it was the young and confident Formby who started the better of the two teams.

Formby created some great chances early on but Leighan Bleasdale made two great saves to keep her clean sheet intact. Lancaster just couldn't get going due to Formby’s tenacity in midfield and they gave away possession too often, which invited pressure on their defence and penalty corners were conceded. However Player of the Match Holly Farquharson closed them down and cleared the ball away to safety. Heather Andrew and Cath Foy stayed strong at the back to keep Formby at bay.

Lancaster managed to create some chances at the other end but didn't really trouble the keeper.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster knew they had to up their work rate and they did just that. They came out firing and didn't give Formby a second on the ball. Lancaster were executing their passes and pressing Formby's defence back. Ali Standeven found a way through to the D but fluffed her shot and both Farquharson and Hayley Johns saw their efforts blocked.

The tide was turning and Lancaster could feel a goal coming and they broke the deadlock with 15 minutes to go. Jayde Christeansen worked the ball into the D and won a penalty corner which Nicola Conway hammered home. The relief across the team was evident and with it a renewed confidence. After only 2 minutes their lead was doubled. From another corner Conway again found the back of the net after a neat 1-2 with Standeven. 

Farquharson was flying down the left flank creating all sorts of problems for Formby's right back and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet herself.

On the balance of play Lancaster deserved the 3 points. Formby pushed them all the way, but Lancaster's experience shone through to keep them top of the league.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), C Foy, H Andrew, J Christeansen, T Fagan, H Farquharson, C Ranson, N Helme, H Morris, H Johns, N Clark, J Walker, N Conway and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Holly Farquharson 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents

 

Garstang 2s 5-0 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster 3s 0-1 Fylde 4s

The rain held off on Saturday as Lancaster 3 took on Fylde 4s in Division 2 of the LCWHL. A fairly even match saw Lancaster playing end to end with much of the play around midfield. 

Bea Burak made an excellent pass into the D from the wing, with a deflection off Fylde’s stick into the goal being disallowed. Frustrated Lancaster remained defiant with some great switching across the back between Meg Tudor, Olivia Taylor and Katie Adamson-Benz.

Goalkeeper Sarah Hart earned her keep as Katie Adamson-Benz chased down a sole attacker from half way, as she entered the D Sarah Hart took both players out maintaining a 0-0 at half time.

The second half again saw end to end play with strikers Yaz Cotton and Emma Moore not being able to find the back of the net. Katie Oliver and Ailsa McKirdy showed stamina and skill as they repeatedly worked together to drive the ball down to Lancaster’s attack. An infringement in Lancaster’s defence saw Fylde successful in scoring from a penalty corner, resulting in a hard fought 0-1 loss at full time.

Team: K Adamson-Benz (C), D Taylor, O Taylor, A Forbes, M Tudor, L Didsbury, Y Cotton, A McKirdy, E Moore, B Burak, S Hart (GK), K Oliver, B Davey, E Harris and Lily Armer

Player of the Match: Olivia Taylor and Katie Oliver

 

Lancaster 4s 1-2 Lancaster Nomads 2s

Lancaster 4s took on Lancaster Nomads 2s in a top of the table clash on Saturday 27th January. Nomads had the upper hand going into the match as, after an uncharacteristic defeat to Garstang 4s the previous week, second placed Lancaster 4s were chasing the points in order keep the pressure on their local rivals.

Lancaster started brightly and showed promise going forwards, spreading the play and putting pressure on the Nomads defense. In return Nomads were quick to play on the break, hoisting the ball towards the D for their skillful forwards to collect and shoot to goal.

The organised Lancaster defense contained Nomads until their breakthrough mid way through the half. A well rehearsed penalty corner saw Nomads convert from just a few yards out to go into half time ahead.

Lancaster 4s didn't give up, taking the game to Nomads in the second half and dominating possession and piling on the pressure in their opponents D. A well won short corner from forward Sasha Merrick saw her initial shot saved by the Nomads keeper but follow up play and a second phase attack saw strike partner Lauren Allwood slot home to bring the sides level.

Nomads rallied again and after a foot in the D, Nomads won a penalty corner which was converted with a powerful strike. 2-1 Nomads.

The fabulous 4s continued to pile on the pressure, with Allwood leading the way with a flurry of pacy attacking runs down the right wing, however their attempts were thwarted by the experienced Nomads defense and goalkeeper.

A great game of hockey for the neutral onlooker, and despite not getting the result they wanted, a fantastic team performance from Lancaster 4s.

Team: A Gardner (C), L McAdam (GK), S Merrick, L Smith, L Allwood, M Donohue, I Tomlinson, A Watson, A Foster, M Powell, K Wilkinson, S Fowler and K Foster

Player of the Match: Lauren Allwood

Saturday 20th January 2018

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Carlisle 1s 0-5 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled North through the snow and came away with a well-deserved victory against a struggling Carlisle. 

Lancaster attacked Carlisle from the off and Julie Walker and Ali Standeven pressed high on the defence pushing them back. Chloe Ranson provided excellent support and from her great run and shot, Walker got the last touch to divert it past the keeper. 

Jayde Christeansen made a fantastic interception on the right and found Hannahlise Morris in space. She then found Standeven on the right who ran to the D and crossed it to Walker who again made no mistake and swept it past the keeper. 

Katie Benter and Heather Andrew were solid at the back all afternoon and Carlisle found it hard to find a way through. Although they kept going and managed to get a shot away which Leighan Bleasdale saved comfortably. 

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster continued their high press. Nat Clark worked tirelessly upfront holding the ball up well and Nina Helme and Hayley Johns provided support through the middle driving the ball forwards. Walker grabbed her hattrick when, after a great ball into the D from Helme, she got a deft touch taking it past the keeper. Carlisle were rocked by this and Lancaster didn't give them any rest bite. Toni Fagan worked hard down the right providing the overlap and worked the ball well into the D. 

Lancaster grabbed their 4th when Christeansen drove into Carlisle's half and found Standeven who managed to take it past the keeper and slotted it home. 

Player of the match Cath Foy was immense in the middle of the pitch all game, controlling the play and making tackle after tackle to set the forwards off. After another great run from Foy  Lancaster won a penalty corner. After a one two between Standeven and Walker, the ball fell to Johns who found the bottom corner. 

Another fantastic display of hockey and a well deserved 3 points sees Lancaster stay 4 points clear at the top of the table. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), K Benter, H Andrew, C Foy, T Fagan, J Christeansen, H Johns, H Morris, N Helme, N Clark, J Walker, C Ransonand A Standeven (C) 

Player of the Match: Cath Foy 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

 

Southport 1s 2-2 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster were strong from the starting whistle, putting pressure onto the away team and keeping the ball in their possession and in their attacking half. The home team managed to block most of their free hits with Helen Clegg picking the majority of these up. Southport’s frustrations were clear when they had a player sent off for 10 minutes with a yellow card. 

The score line was 0-0 at half time but Lancaster knew they had to get something from this vital game; a battle at the bottom of the league. Lancaster came back fighting and managed to covert a short corner into a goal. Beth Andrews was on the left slip and smashed this straight into the bottom corner. 

Unfortunately, Southport managed to equalise a short time later. Lancaster continued to lay on the pressure with Clegg continuing to pick up the ball from their free hits. The pressure mounted and the same player previously yellow carded continued to push and shout and was given a red card and ordered off the pitch. 

Lancaster temporarily took their eye off the game with a player down instead of using it to their advantage and a determined Southport managed to take the scoreline to 2-1. 

Lancaster were not prepared to leave it at this and the fight was on. The call spent the remainder of the game in their possession and Katie Lindsay managed to get the ball over the back line after a scramble in the D.

Lancaster powered on with 8 minutes to go however just struggled to tip the score line in their favour and instead only walked away with 1 point.

Team: B Hay (C), J Burrows, J Higgs, A Farebrother, CShatford, C Hilton, L Horner, K Lindsay, H Clegg, B Fletcher, B Andrews, L Armer and R Halliwell (GK)

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews 

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Southport 2s 2-2 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster 3s finally returned to the league following a long Christmas break to take on Southport 2s over a wet and windy event.

Lancaster found the game frustrating as they struggled to find the back of the net despite maintaining possession and some great runs from Ailsa McKirdy and Camille Whitty. Great positioning from Susie Steel saw her secure her first goal for Lancaster 3’s leaving it 1-0 at half time.

As the cold set in, the second half saw Southport striving for goals, a strike from the edge of the D equalising the score not long into the 2nd half. Lancaster persisted with strong defence and some great saves from keeper Sarah Hart but an infringement in the D led to a penalty corner for Southport where they took the lead at 1-2.

Lancaster fought back but again, struggled to find the back of the net. Meg Tudor remained strong as she created opportunity for Lancaster, driving down the pitch. Katie Adamson-Benz manoeuvred through the defence but tired after being unable to connect with the strikers upfront. Lancaster maintained their composure against some difficult tackles and dangerous balls, and were finally successful in equalising the score with an on target strike from Yaz Cotton, securing a 2-2 draw at full time.

Team: M Tudor, O Taylor, Y Cotton, S Steel, S Hart (GK), E Harris, C Whitty, D Taylor, A McKirdy, E Moore, L Smith and K Adamson-Benz (C)

Player of the Match: Susie Steel and Meg Tudor

 

Lancaster 4s 0-2 Garstang 4s

Sunday 14th January 2018

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Lancaster Development Team 5-0 Windermere 2s

Lancaster hosted Windermere in a fast-paced game which saw Lancaster take a comfortable win.

The team worked well together, despite being made up of players from a range of different teams and 2 young members making their debut in a senior match.

There were some fantastic well-worked passes between then entire team and excellent running. Goals were provided by Diana Taylor getting a double and Yaz Cotton earning a hattrick.

Team: J Ashworth, J Burrows, H Clegg, Y Cotton, B Davey, S Deighton, L Didsbury, M Donohue, A McKirdy, D Taylor, M Tudor and E Ward

Saturday 13th January 2018

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Lancaster 1s 2-0 Fylde 2s

In their first game of 2018 Lancaster continued their unbeaten run in the league with a fantastic 2-0 win over Fylde.

Lancaster started well and took the lead after only 10 minutes. Cath Foy spotted Ali Standeven's high run and picked her out with a pinpoint ball. Standeven then took it past the last defender before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball home.

One goal to the good and Lancaster kept pressing for more with Chloe Ranson and Julie Walker working hard upfront to press Fylde's defence. Lancaster kept pushing forwards and had a lot of possession but just couldn't find a 2nd goal.

Into the second half and Fylde worked hard to try to find an equaliser but Lancaster were equal to them and defended well. Player of the match Jayde Christeansen worked tirelessly down the left creating chances for the forwards as well as stopping Fylde's attack.

Holly Farquharson and Hayley Johns linked well through the middle and drove the ball forwards which Fylde found difficult to stop.

With seconds on the clock Lancaster won a penalty corner and after the first shot was saved, Ranson was first to react to the rebound and fired the ball into the roof of the net. 

A great result against a strong Fylde side sees Lancaster remain top of the league. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, K Benter, C Foy, J Christeansen, H Farquharson, T Fagan, N Helme, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, C Ranson and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Jayde Christeansen 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents

 

Pendle Forest 2s 1-0 Lancaster 2s

The game was strong from the starting whistle with an evenly matched opposition for Lancaster. The one two play between Lancaster’s attacking players was great and there were numerous dangerous attacks in the Pendle defensive D. Unfortunately, Lancaster did not play to the whistle and when a clear foot was missed in their attacking D they paused play to set up for their short corner.

Unfortunately the foot was missed and play continued, where Pendle cleared the ball out to a high sitting attacker. She received this ball in their attacking quarter and subsequently became 1 on 1 with the keeper. A brave defence stopped the ball however the Pendle attacker gained control back of the ball, took this around the keeper and managed to get the ball in the back of the goal taking them to 1-0. 

The second half Lancaster came out strong, however they just struggled to finish off the attack with a goal. The possession was very much in Lancaster’s hands however the score lune remained at 1-0 to the home team.

Team: E Bookless, J Burrows, H Clegg, R Cooper, A Farebrother, B Fletcher, R Halliwell (GK), B Hay (C), J Higgs, C Hilton, C Shatford and C Whitty 

Players of the Match: Becky Cooper and Beth Hay

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Leyland & Chorley Ladies 4s  0-8 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster 4s steam rolled into 2018 with an 8-0 win at Leyland & Chorley. 

The Fantastic 4s dominated from the off with in-form striker Sasha Merrick opening the account after 10 minutes. 

After long periods of possession and dominance from Lancaster, fellow strike partners Karen Foster and Emma Broadbent joined Merrick on the score sheet with 4 and 2 goals each respectively. 

The eighth goal came from new player Meg Donahue. The speedy winger picked the ball up in her own half, before sprinting down the left, into the opposition dee and slotting past the Leyland goalkeeper. 

Another win for Lancaster 4s leaves them top of division 3 after the weekends fixtures and in a great position to achieve promotion at the end of the campaign. 

Team: L McAdam (GK), A Gardner (C), K Foster, A Foster, A Watson, E Broadbent, M Donohue, S Fowler, L Smith, S Merrick, I Tomlinson and K Wilkinson

Player of the Match: Isla Tomlinson

Sunday 3rd December 2017

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England Hockey Tier 2 Trophy Competition

Harrogate 1s 1-2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Harrogate in the 3rd round of the England Hockey Tier 2 Competition and came away with a fantastic victory.

Harrogate play their hockey in the league above Lancaster but it was Lancaster who started the brighter of the two. Ali Standeven ran the ball into the D and slipped it to Nicola Conway who put the ball just wide of the target. Lancaster won a spate of penalty corners but found Harrogate's keeper in good form.

                      

After a great spell of pressure from Lancaster they just couldn't make it count and were punished when Harrogate took the lead from a penalty corner. Lancaster responded well to going behind with Holly Farquharson and Jayde Christeansen working hard up and down the flanks. But they couldn't find a way through and Lancaster were still trailing going into the break.

With Lancaster's current league form they were always confident they would score and in the 2nd half they played fantastic attacking hockey and worked the ball well round the pitch. Player of the match Cath Foy was solid in defence and set the attacks in motion with pin point balls into the midfield.

After another surging run down the right Toni Fagan won Lancaster a penalty corner which Conway smashed home in the 47th minute. The momentum was now with Lancaster and they continued to press Harrogate's defence looking for a winner. Chloe Ranson, Hayley Johns and Hannahlise Morris worked tirelessly through the middle creating chances and winning penalty corners. In the 59th minute Julie Walker put Lancaster into a deserved lead. From a penalty corner  Conway fine shot was saved and Walker calmly lifted the ball over the keeper.

With only 10 minutes to go Harrogate pushed forward looking for an equaliser but Katie Benter was strong in the tackle and keeper Leighan Bleasdale made a string of fine saves to keep Lancaster in the lead. Nat Clark worked hard upfront to keep the ball away from Lancaster's goal. With only 3 minutes to go Harrogate pulled their goal keeper to try and get a goal, but Lancaster remained strong as a unit and saw the game out. 

Another fantastic performance from Lancaster whose spirit and never say die attitude saw them achieve an amazing result against a strong team, which sees them in the pot for the 4th round. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), C Foy, K Benter, T Fagan, C Ranson, J Christeansen, H Farquharson, H Johns, H Morris, A Standeven (C), N Clark, N Conway and J Walker

Player of the Match: Cath Foy

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Lettings Agents

Saturday 2nd December 2017

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University of Liverpool Women’s 1s 0-4 Lancaster 1s

Top of the table Lancaster travelled to 2nd placed University of Liverpool and grabbed all 3 points to extend their lead to go 4 points clear.  

The game started quite evenly with both sides defending well and working hard through the middle. Lancaster had a great chance to score but the goalkeeper smothered the shot well. Not long after this Lancaster's keeper Leighan Bleasdale saved from a 1 on 1 to keep Liverpool out.

Lancaster kept pressing and broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when Nicola Conway's shot was diverted past the keeper. 

Into the 2nd half Lancaster upped their tempo and pressed high on Liverpool's defence which caused them problems. Lancaster won a penalty corner and Julie Walker expertly deflected Chloe Ranson's shot past the keeper. From another penalty corner Lancaster extended their lead with Conway finishing well.

Liverpool became disheartened and lost their rhythm which Lancaster capitalised on and "Player of the Match"  Hannahlise Morris ran rings round their defence. She was up and down the pitch all game, defending solidly and driving the team forward. Conway grabbed her 4th hat-trick of the season with a trademark strike which was past the keeper before she could react. 

Liverpool had nothing left in their tank and Lancaster comfortably saw the game out to take them 4 points clear at the top. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), C Foy, H Andrew, T Fagan, C Ranson, J Christeansen, H Johns, N Helme, H Morris, N Clark, N Conway, A Standeven (C) and J Walker

Player of the Match: Hannahlise Morris 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

 

Lancaster 2s 0-2 Lancaster & Morecambe 1s

 

Lytham St Annes Ladies 3s 0-11 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster 3s took on Lytham Ladies 3s in a game that saw Lancaster dominate throughout.

Katie Oliver opened the goal scoring with her strike on target from the edge of the D. Bea Burak found her scoop successful from her penalty corner rebound, adding to the score sheet. Camille Whitty and Helen Clegg proved strong players, driving the ball skilfully towards tenacious midfielder Ailsa McKirdy. McKirdy remained defiant and chased the ball down the field towards Lancaster's attack throughout the game, earning her the well-deserved player of the match.  

Katie Adamson-Benz supported her team as she passed up her own score sheet by setting up opportunities that led to goals from Bea Burak, Louise Didsbury, Emma Moore and Katie Oliver before winning her own penalty flick after an infringement from Lytham's defence. Yaz Cotton, Ellie Harris and Diana Taylor also found great positions to fire their shots across the goal, and Bea Burak gained her hattrick adding to Lancaster's impressive score sheet. A victorious win ending 11-0 to Lancaster. 

Team: E Moore, H Clegg, K Adamson-Benz (C), D Taylor, L McAdam, Y Cotton, A Forbes, L Didsbury, C Whitty, K Oliver, B Burak, A McKirdy and E Harris

Player of the Match: Ailsa McKirdy

 

Lancaster Nomads Ladies 2s  2-1 Lancaster 4s

Saturday 25th November 2017

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Lancaster 1s 6-1 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern 1s

Lancaster started quickly and put Clitheroe on the back foot straight from the off with Jayde Christeansen finding space on the left hand side. She played a cross field ball to Hayley Johns who found Nicola Conway in the D who finished into the far corner with a ferocious strike. After going ahead Lancaster looked for further opportunities but just lacked the clinical ball into the D. After 10 minutes Clitheroe pulled level after an unfortunate defensive error. This gave them a lift and rocked Lancaster a little.

But Lancaster rallied together and regained their composure and worked the ball well with Chloe Ranson controlling the midfield. On 20 minutes Conway put Lancaster back in the lead with another fantastic strike from the edge of the D. With only 2 minutes left in the half Conway grabbed her hat-trick and Lancaster's 3rd. Toni Fagan powered down the right and pulled the ball back which Conway latched onto and flicked it over the keeper. 

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster grabbed their 4th and this time Conway was the provider. She fired a great ball into the D and Julie Walker got a great deflection on it to take it past the keeper.

Lancaster were composed and kept flying forwards looking for more goals. Hannahlise Morris worked the ball into the D and found "player of the match" Conway on the bye line whose cross-cum-shot found the far corner. 

Lancaster won a number of penalty corners throughout the game but lacked the cutting edge and wasted these opportunities. However they did managed to convert one with 5 minutes to go when Ali Standeven found Hayley Johns who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper.

A convincing victory sees Lancaster stay top of the league. They know they will need to work hard next week as they travel to University of Liverpool in a top of the league clash. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, C Foy, T Fagan, C Ranson, N Helme, H Morris, H Johns, H Farquharson, J Christeansen, N Clark, N Conway, J Walker and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Nicola Conway

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents

Sunday 19th November 2017

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England Hockey Over 35s Tier 2 Competition

Lancaster O35s 3-3 Kendal Over 35s (Lancaster win 2-1 on Penalty Flicks)

The Lancaster Vets Team welcomed Kendal on Sunday to embark on the Lancashire v Cumbria derby fixture.

The game started brightly with both teams having plenty of possession and pressuring the defensive lines from the start. Karen Foster skilfully stopped a powerful pass in the attacking 25 and was in on goal, the Kendal goalkeeper rushed quickly off her line and out of the D and blocked Foster entering it. The Kendal goalkeeper was lucky to stay on the pitch but Lancaster did earn a short corner. Lancaster converted the opportunity through Ali Standeven who smashed the ball bottom left corner from a straight strike.

Soon after the goal Lancaster became complacent and lost possession in midfield, Kendal took their chance and worked the ball through defence leaving Rachel Mackie no chance to save. The score was 1-1 at half time.

After the break Kendal scored two goals in quick succession that appeared to break the hearts of the Lancaster supporters. The team’s belief however did not falter and the attacking line continued to pressure the Kendal defence. Lancaster won a flurry of short corners in quick succession but the Kendal defence were quick to close down the danger! Eventually Standeven found the gap and fired home another straight strike that was too powerful for the goalkeeper to save.

The goal inspired the team who continued to push for an equaliser. The ball was worked out of defence by Katie Benter who released the ball up field, after some clever interlinking play between Standeven and Julie Walker the ball was fired into the D. The ball looked as if it was going off the back line but Louise Taylor dived towards the ball; swinging her stick on the reverse and earning the slightest of deflections to wrong foot the goalkeeper and find the goal.

Standeven could have won the game in the final seconds but the Kendal goalkeeper was quick to close her down and forced the final short of the game wide meaning the match would be settled on penalty flicks.

Tension was in the air, but Mackie remained calmed in goal for Lancaster saving the first flick that was going bottom right corner of the goal. Lancaster had the advantage but fired their first flick wide. Sharon Routledge scored Lancaster’s second flick in response to Kendal scoring theirs. As the pressure mounted Lancaster fluffed a couple of their flicks and were glad to see Mackie in top form saving high and low. Hazel Irwin confidently placed the final flick to win it for Lancaster taking them into the 3rd round of the competition.

               

Team: R Mackie (GK), A Standeven, H Irwin, K Benter, C Scullion, D Taylor, K Foster, L Taylor, J Walker, J Ashworth, K Adamson-Benz, L Grayston-Aldren, J Thompson and S Routledge

Players of the Match: Rachel Mackie and Hazel Irwin

Coach: Charlotte Rawes

Saturday 18th November 2017

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Lytham St Anne's 1s 0-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to the Fylde coast to take on a strong Lytham side who were pushing to get back to the top of the league, but Lancaster grabbed all 3 points in this feisty affair. 

Lancaster started quickly with the forwards pressing Lytham's defence to force errors. When the ball ran loose to Jayde Christeansen on the half way line, she spotted Nicola Conway in the D and executed a pin point aerial which Conway took down perfectly and smashed past the keeper. A perfect start for Lancaster and they kept the pressure on Lytham closing them down with Chloe Ranson not giving them a second on the ball. Nina Helme and Hayley Johns worked well picking up the ball and looking to start attack after attack. Lytham couldn't cope with Lancaster's speed going forward with Holly Farquharson and Toni Fagan driving down the flanks. Ali Standeven had a couple of chances but the keeper stood firm.

Into the 2nd half and Lytham pressed hard looking for an equaliser but Cath Foy and Heather Andrew were fantastic at the back making tackle after tackle. Leighan Bleasdale made some last gasp saves to keep her clean sheet intact. With 10 minutes to go Lancaster thought they had got their 2nd goal when they won a penalty corner which Farquharson converted at the far post, but it was chalked off for an infringement much to Lancaster's disappointment. Lancaster lost a little of their composure after this and went down to 10 players, but they worked hard with Nat Clark and Julie Walker working their socks off on the forward line to press Lytham's defence.

With 5 minutes to go Lytham pulled their keeper in the hope the extra outfield player would work to their advantage. But Lancaster stood firm and saw the game out winning a massive 3 points. 

Another week, another 3 points and another clean sheet keeps Lancaster at the top of the league.

Team: L Bleasdale, H Andrew, C Foy, H Farquharson, C Ranson, H Johns, N Helme, T Fagan, J Christeansen, N Clark, A Standeven, J Walker, N Conway

Players of the Match: Cath Foy and Jayde Christeansen 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

 

Lancaster 2s 1-1 Preston 1s

Lancaster faced off against the league leaders this weekend, Preston Ladies 1s. Lancaster started very bright with Ella Bookless, Rebecca Cooper and Jess Burrows controlling the midfield. Ellie Harris and Amelia Farebrother made excellent runs down the wings to the base line before crossing the ball into the D. Both Chloe Hilton and Bea Burak saw their shots saved. Preston gained some momentum and the defence sprung into action. Chloe Shatford, Jo Higgs and Beth Andrews remained calm and soaked up the pressure releasing Faye Ledward to play out from the back.

At half time the team talk spurred on Lancaster and after 10 minutes of the second half a well worked penalty corner routine by Beth Hay saw Lancaster take the lead. Preston pushed for the equaliser forcing Lancaster back. The defence remained strong and goalkeeper Rebecca Halliwell made many fine saves. Preston found an equaliser of a penalty corner routine which saw the initial 2 shots saved. As Preston pressed for the win Lancaster remained alert and saw the game out. The game ended 1-1.

Team: B Andrews, E Bookless, B Burak, J Burrows, R Cooper, A Farebrother, R Halliwell (GK), E Harris, B Hay (C), J Higgs, C Hilton, F Ledward and C Shatford

Player of the Match: Chloe Hilton

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Blackpool 1s 0-1 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster 3s travelled to Stanley Park aiming to take 3 points as both teams were fighting for their position in the league.

Play opened up well for Lancaster with some sterling efforts from Ailsa McKirdy as she repeatedly drove the ball to the attack. Katie Adamson-Benz narrowly missed out on scoring finding the post rather than the back of the net from the edge of the D.

Blackpool were on good form though and kept Lancaster on their feet as their attack gave keeper Lizzie McAdams a chance to prove her skill by deflecting some accurate shots on goal. The first half was end to end with both teams working hard resulting in a 0-0 score at half time.

The second half saw Blackpool unable to get past Lancaster’s defence; Meg Tudor and Alex Forbes kept sweeping goals away from the danger zone for Lancaster. Mille Whitty and Helen Clegg powered the ball to midfield. In the end Lancaster were victorious; an outstanding team effort led Ailsa McKirdy finding Katie Adamson-Benz in the attacking 23, who accurately passed to Diana Taylor who shot the ball safely over the line giving Lancaster the 3 points.

Team: K Adamson-Benz (C), H Clegg, Y Cotton, B Davey, L Didsbury, A Forbes, A Foster, S Fowler, L McAdam (GK), A McKirdy, E Moore, L Smith, D Taylor, M Tudor and C Whitty

Players of the Match: Diana Taylor and Lizzie McAdam

 

Lancaster 4s 5-0 Leyland and Chorley 4s

4th Team received a 5-0 walkover against Leyland and Chorley 4s

Sunday 12th November 2017

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England Hockey Tier 2 Trophy Competition

Lancaster 1s 4-2 Leeds Adel 1s

Lancaster welcomed Leeds Adel in their 2nd round England Hockey Trophy fixture. Leeds play their hockey in the league above Lancaster so Lancaster knew it was going to be a tough game. 

However Lancaster got the perfect start when after only 5 minutes they found the back of the net through Nicola Conway, whose deft touch, after a great ball in from Nina Helme, took it past the keeper. 

All credit to Leeds they pressed high after going a goal behind and found their equaliser after a great strike from the right of the D. 

     

Lancaster reacted well to this and upped their tempo with Cath Foy and Katie Benter driving the team forward. Another well worked move from Conway and Julie Walker saw Leeds give away a penalty, but unfortunately Chloe Ranson saw her effort saved. But Lancaster kept pressing and "player of the match" Hayley Johns ran her socks off. After a great run into Leeds' half she found Conway in the D who swept the ball high past the keeper. Lancaster kept up the pressure with Toni Fagan and Holly Farquharson playing on the overload creating problems for Leeds' defence.

After Ranson won the ball in the middle of the pitch, she found Ali Standeven who sprinted into the D where she was taken out by a Leeds defender just as she was about to shoot. She picked herself up and scored from the resulting penalty at the 2nd attempt.

Into the 2nd half and Leeds pressed hard knowing they had to take chances and push players forward to get back into the game. And all credit they did this after a run down the right and slotting it in at the near post. 

Leeds kept pushing players forward which gave Lancaster chances to break on the counter attack and Hannahlise Morris kept on picking up the loose ball and taking it to Leeds. After a mazy run, Morris flicked the ball to Walker who in turn found Conway in the D who fired it home to grab her hattrick.

With their 2 goal cushion back Lancaster worked hard to keep hold of the ball and Nat Clark worked hard upfront holding the ball up and finding the runners beyond her. 

Leighan Bleasdale made a great smothering save towards the end of the game to keep Lancaster in control. 

At the end of the game Lancaster and their supporters were over the moon. They are into the 3rd round which is to be played on 3rd December. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), C Foy, K Benter, T Fagan, C Ranson, N Helme, H Farquharson, H Morris, H Johns, N Clark, J Walker, N Conway and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Hayley Johns 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

Saturday 11th November 2017

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Liverpool Sefton 2s 0-5 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Liverpool for the 1st game of their double-header weekend and came away with all 3 points to stay top of the table. 

Lancaster started fast and used the ball well, with excellent passing and interchange play down the channels. Nina Helme was patient through the middle picking out passes for the forwards to run onto, but Sefton's keeper stood firm to deny them. The deadlock was broken after 30 minutes when Hayley Johns found space on the right and fired a pinpoint cross into the D to find Nicola Conway. She remained cool and took it round the keeper before slotting it into the empty net. This took the wind out of Sefton going into half time. 

Lancaster were spurred on by this goal and "player of the match" Cath Foy was once again solid at the back, tackling time and again and driving the team forwards. Lancaster doubled their lead when Julie Walker fired home on the rebound when her first shot was saved. Lancaster made it 3 when they won a penalty corner and Holly Farquaharson lifted the ball over the keeper at the far post.

Lancaster were playing some fantastic flowing hockey with Jayde Christeansen and Farquharson working hard up and down the flanks. Lancaster made it 4 goals in 9 minutes when Conway worked the ball well into Ali Standeven who flicked it past the keeper on the reverse.

Not long before the end it was 5 when Lancaster won a penalty corner which Christeansen converted at the far post with a move straight off the training ground. 

At the final whistle Lancaster were ecstatic with not only the 3 points, but also their performance. They were in control of possession for long periods and made their possession count with well worked goals. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, C Foy, J Christeansen, H Farquaharson, C Ranson, T Fagan, H Johns, H Morris, N Helme, J Walker, A Standeven (C), N Clark and N Conway 

Player of the Match: Cath Foy

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents

 

Windermere 1s 1-1 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster 2s started slow against Windermere with the defence of Jo Higgs and Chloe Shatford absorbing the early pressure. Katy Lindsay and Becky Cooper worked the wing well taking the pressure off Lancaster for a spell. Just before the half time whistle Ella Bookless saw her shot needing a good save from the Windermere keeper to keep the score 0-0 at half time.

Lancaster were revitalised in the second half with Jessica Burrows and Faye Ledward controlling the midfield. Ceaseless running from Beth Andrews allowed Lancaster to play out from the defence setting Emily Verden and Amelia Farebrother on great runs. Lancaster’s attack of Beth Fletcher and Chloe Hilton saw their attempts saved. 

Lancaster won a penalty corner with 20 minutes to go. A great strike from the top of the D by Beth Hay went under the outstretched goal keeper giving Lancaster the lead. Windermere pushed for the equaliser and found one overloading the defence firing home a messy goal. They continued to push for the win forcing goal keeper Rebecca Halliwell to make many saves. The game ended 1-1.

Team: B Andrews, E Bookless, J Burrows, R Cooper, A Farebrother, B Fletcher, R Halliwell (GK), B Hay(C), J Higgs, C Hilton, F Ledward, K Lindsay, C Shatford and E Verden 

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews 

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 3s 0-1 Fulwood Ladies

Lancaster 3s faced top of the league Fulwood this weekend, a solid start by Lancaster kept the play in their attack at the start of the first half; Abby Foster was pivotal in driving the ball down the wing to Yaz Cotton who repeatedly drove the ball towards the D.

Fulwood’s experienced defence stayed strong and deflected Katie Adamson-Benz’s flick at goal. A further attempt from Katie saw the ball deflected to Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite who narrowly missed pushing the ball over the line; unable to see past the circle of Fulwood’s defenders.

Fulwood somehow managed to break free with a strong hit from the 23 to a lone attacker whose rebound shot slipped past keeper Sarah Hart leaving Lancaster down 0-1 at half time.

The second half saw Lancaster remain defiant, maintaining possession and keeping the ball in their attack. Lottie Horner supported the back line, with Helen Clegg finding Katie Adamson-Benz who ran the ball past the opposition on a number of occasions just falling short of scoring as defenders circled around her; one reverse stick shot narrowly missed by rebounding off the side post.

Bea Burak’s scoop also missed out on a much needed goal for Lancaster. Ailsa McKirdy continued to intercept the ball from opposing free hits with Katie Oliver keeping her cool as one of Fulwood’s players received a green card for unacceptable physical contact. Despite Lancaster’s best efforts the final score was Lancaster 0 - Fulwood 1. Lancaster remain 3rd in the league with a game in hand.

Team: K Adamson-Benz (C), E Bamber-Dowthwaite, B Burak, H Clegg, Y Cotton, B Davey, L Didsbury, A Foster, M Freeman, E Harris, S Hart (GK), L Horner, A McKirdy, K Oliver and C Whitty

Player of the Match: Ailsa McKirdy

 

Lancaster 4s 5-0 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern 4s

It took just 35 seconds for Lancaster 4s to take the lead against Clitheroe and Blackburn Northern, after a direct attack from the push back lead to a Clitheroe defensive mistake which enabled striker Sasha Merrick to find the target from just a few yards out. 

Lancaster dominated the play, with a flurry of pacey attacks which paid off shortly after as Merrick doubled her total for the afternoon. 

Lancaster continued to dominate, controlling the possession through central midfielders Sophie Fowler and Katie Wilkinson who pulled the strings for each attack. 

Merrick achieved her hattrick shortly after the half time break when I great bit of team play saw her neatly slot past the Clitheroe goalkeeper. 

Fellow striker Karen Foster came close to adding to the tally, but saw close range shots deflect agonisingly past the wrong side of the post. A well worked power strike from Susie Steel and a back post tap in from Emma Broadbent brought the away team home and dry. 

A fantastic team performance and a well-earned 5-0 win for the fantastic 4s. 

Team: L Allwood, E Broadbent, M Cotton, M Donohue, K Foster, S Fowler, C Fowler, A Gardner (C), L McAdam (GK), S Merrick, M Powell, L Smith, S Steel and K Wilkinson

Player of the Match: Sasha Merrick

Sunday 5th November 2017

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South Lakes 2s 0-0 Development Team

The Lancaster Development Team travelled to Ulverston on Sunday to face South Lakes in the fresh Cumbrian weather.

The Lancaster side started brightly with Ailsa McKirdy controlling the middle of the pitch and putting South Lakes under pressure from the start. Yaz Cotton managed to fire a few early shots but the South Lakes defence cleared their lines well!

Despite the pressure the Lancaster back four of Millie Cotton, Chloe Shatford, Sophie Fowler and Rebecca Halliwell remained alert to sweep up any danger.

Claudia Fowler made some fantastic runs down the left hand side of the pitch receiving the ball off Amelia Farebrother. Fowler skilfully outwitted the South Lakes defence to win a number of short corners. The Lancaster team were unfortunately unable to convert.

Into the second half Beth Davey and Louise Didsbury displayed some excellent interlinking play down the right hand side of the pitch. Both fired a number of crosses from the baseline for the forwards to try and deflect towards goal but the luck was with the home side.

Lancaster’s best chance came from Meg Donohue closing down a rebounded shot and firing it back towards goal. The South Lakes goalkeeper managed to get a toe to the ball and forced it inches wide of the post.

In the final seconds South Lakes won a short corner against the run of play. The Lancaster defence were determined to keep a clean sheet and managed to defend strong until the final whistle.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), R Halliwell, C Shatford, A Farebrother (C), Y Cotton, M Cotton, C Fowler, S Fowler, L Didsbury, B Davey, A McKirdy and M Donohue

Player of the Match: Chloe Shatford and Ailsa McKirdy

Coach: Emma Wood

Saturday 4th November 2017

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Lancaster 1s 2-0 Garstang 1s

Lancaster grabbed a massive 3 points against local rivals Garstang to take them top of the league. 

Lancaster have their goalkeeper and "player of the match" Leighan Bleasdale to thank for keeping them in the game in the first 15 minutes. Garstang started the game stronger and were quicker to the loose ball and drove into the D on a number of occasions but just couldn't find a way past Bleasdale who was in fantastic form. Stopping shots high and low she made some outstanding saves to keep her clean sheet intact; a performance that sealed her place in England Hockey's team of the week!

As the half drew on Lancaster managed to get a hold of the ball with Cath Foy and Hayley Johns driving forward but Lancaster didn't create too many clear cut chances and saw too many of their passes go wayward. 

Into the 2nd half Lancaster knew they had to up their tempo and win the 50/50 balls to find a way past Garstang. Straight from the off they won a penalty corner and after Nicola Conway's shot was saved, Chloe Ranson was first to react and lifted the ball over the keeper on the reverse. This picked Lancaster up and they carried on pressing. After another darting run from Conway she won another penalty corner and after her shot was saved, this time Johns was on hand to fire the rebound past the keeper.

Lancaster looked more comfortable with the 2 goal cushion and Katie Benter and Heather Andrew were solid at the back meaning Garstang just couldn't find a way past them. As Garstang began to tire Lancaster played smart and kept possession well in order to see the game out. 

Another 3 points in the bag and a fantastic result against a strong Garstang side sees Lancaster go top of the table.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), K Benter, H Andrew, J Christeansen, T Fagan, C Foy, N Helme, H Johns (C), H Morris, N Clark, N Conway and C Ranson

Player of the Match: Leighan Bleasdale 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

Saturday 28th October 2017

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Leyland and Chorley 1s 0-9 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Leyland and Chorley early on Saturday and were keen to earn 3 points to put pressure on the teams at the top of the table who had a later start time.

The team didn’t disappoint and scored two goals in the first 4 minutes. The first came from Nicola Conway who deflected the ball passed the goalkeeper after Cath Foy fired a cross into the D. The second was scored by Jayde Christeansen who ran the length of the pitch, dived towards the baseline to reach a ball crossed in from the right and powerfully swept the ball into the corner of the goal.

Lancaster then suffered an injury to Captain Ali Standeven which saw her sit out the rest of the game. Lancaster then had to play the next 65 minutes with no substitutes.

   

Leyland did manage to break the Lancaster defence after working a free hit outside the 25 into the D. Goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale was alert to the danger and smothered the Leyland shot away from goal.

Lancaster scored a further 4 goals in the first half taking a 6-0 lead into half time. The third goal came after Conway slotted it through to Julie Walker who spun around the goalkeeper tapping it into the goal. The fourth goal was also scored by Walker whose deft touch of the ball from a Toni Fagan cross gave the goalkeeper no chance to react and save. Walker then earnt her hat-trick after tapping the ball into the net after Chloe Ranson fired in a cross from the left hand side. Conway scored the sixth goal after flicking the ball into the net from a well drilled one two short corner routine.

Shortly after the half time break Heather Andrew and Katie Benter took a quick hit out feeding the ball to Christeansen. Christeansen then found Conway at the opposite end of the pitch who was able to reverse stick shot passed the goalkeeper taking the score to 7-0 and earning her hat-trick. Conway scored the final two goals both of which came from powerful strikes around the goalkeeper.

Credit to the Leyland and Chorley team who did not give up and continued to pressure the Lancaster defence in the final minutes of the game earning a couple of short corners. The Lancaster defence were determined to keep a clean sheet and the performance takes them back to second in the league.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, K Benter, J Christeansen, C Foy, T Fagan, C Ranson, H Johns, N Conway, N Clark, J Walker and A Standeven (C) 

Players of the Match: Toni Fagan and Cath Foy 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

 

Caley Trophy

Fylde 3s 2-0 Lancaster 2s

The 2s travelled to the new home of Fylde hockey Mill Farm for a thrilling cup game. The game started with Fylde instantly on the attack, the two full backs Lottie Horner and Chloe Shatford remained strong cutting out through balls and making great tackles. Rebecca Halliwell made some important saves keeping Lancaster in the game. 

A great run down the wing to the baseline saw the ball played around the Lancaster defence resulting in an easy tap in at the back post for a one goal lead. Lancaster undeterred by this pushed for an equaliser before half time. Katy Lindsay and Ella Bookless played some quick one twos getting round the Fylde defence before crossing the ball into the D. Beth Fletcher and Emily Verden saw their shots saved by the GK.

The half time whistle went and Lancaster regathered themselves. Jess Burrows and  Faye Ledward controlled the midfield releasing Ellie Harris and Katie Adamson-Benz on great runs down the wings. Jo Higgs had the best chance for Lancaster but saw her shot to the top right corner saved by the keeper. 

Fylde struck again with a perfectly worked penalty corner routine, which saw the injector make a great deflection into the corner. Beth Hay, Lily Armer and Beth Andrews remained strong in defence keeping the Fylde attack at bay. As full time drew near despite a few injuries Lancaster pushed for a goal. A great team performance despite the result. 

Team: K Adamson-Benz, B Andrews, L Armer, J Burrows, E Bookless, B Fletcher, R Halliwell (GK), L Horner, E Harris, B Hay (C), J Higgs, F Ledward, K Lindsay, C Shatford and E Verden 

Player of the Match: Ella Bookless and Jessica Burrows 

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

Saturday 21st October 2017

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Lancaster 1s 2-2 Northern 1s

Storm Brian battered both teams in this difficult game which was unfortunately overshadowed by the weather. 

Lancaster were with the wind in the 1st half and attacked strong with Hayley Johns pressing high winning the ball back off Northern's defence. After another great tackle Johns found Julie Walker with a fantastic ball, who in turn flicked the ball to Nicola Conway who finished on the reverse past the onrushing keeper. Lancaster kept piling forward with Jayde Christeansen and Chloe Ranson surging into the D but there efforts went wide of the post.

After 20 minutes Lancaster went 2-0 up when "Player of the Match" Toni Fagan took the ball from the half way line and past 4 defenders before squaring it to Ali Standeven who swept it home.

Into the 2nd half and the weather took a dramatic turn for the worst with players almost having to lean into the wind to stay upright. 

Northern were with the wind and pulled a goal back after a surging run.

Lancaster kept going and used all their energy just to keep running into the wind. They thought they had made it 3 when Standeven found the back of the net but it was chalked off for an infringement. 

The weather really started to take its toll on Lancaster and not long before the end Northern were given a dubious penalty corner which they converted to earn a share of the points. 

At the final whistle Lancaster were disappointed not to keep hold of the lead, but all credit to them they kept working hard til the end. A draw sees them slip down to 4th but only 2 points off the top.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, C Foy, C Ranson, T Fagan, H Farquharson, J Christeansen, N Helme, H Johns, N Clark, N Conway, J Walker and A Standeven (C)

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

Player of the Match: Toni Fagan 

 

Lancaster Nomads 1s 2-0 Lancaster 2s

Team: B Andrews, L Bleasdale (GK), J Burrows, E Bookless, A Farebrother, B Fletcher, L Horner, B Hay (C), F Ledward, Z Oswald, C Shatford and E Verden

Player of the Match: Lottie Horner

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 3s 4-0 Leyland and Chorley 3s 

Lancaster 3s started as they meant to go on this weekend, despite the wind and rain starting to stir from Storm Brian, a solid team performance saw the majority of play in Lancaster's attack. A strong pass from Helen Clegg into the D meant Katie Adamson-Benz opened the goal scoring with a roll out in front of the keeper, pushing the ball smoothly past and over the line.

Play continued with great support from Meg Tudor and Camille Whitty driving the ball consistently to Lancaster's attack. Quick thinking Yaz Cotton received the ball and struck it straight into the back of the net through Leyland and Chorley's defence. 

A brief lapse from Lancaster led to goalkeeper Becca Halliwell deflecting Leyland and Chorley's shot on goal. Olivia Taylor supported the team and found Camille Whitty who drove the ball towards Ellie Harris - who's on target strike towards to goal was secured by deflecting off Emma Moore's stick to make it 3-0 at half time. 

During the second half, Lancaster fought harder as Leyland and Chorley came back fighting with some solid passes and drives towards Lancaster's defence. Meg Tudor and Alex Forbes held off the attack and reversed play back in their possession. Ailsa McKirdy came alive in the 2nd half with some quality runs down the right, but despite successfully entering the D she couldn't slip it past the strengthened defence. Leyland and Chorley's defence continued to stay strong, successfully deflecting Lancaster's penalty short corner. As the end of the second half approached, Katie Adamson-Benz found herself scoring her second goal, scooping her initial shot over the line as it rebounded off the keeper to make it a 4-0 victory.

It was a solid team performance from Lancaster 3s today with Camille Whitty earning herself player of the match. Well done girls! 

Team: K Adamson-Benz (C), H Clegg, Y Cotton, B Davey, L Didsbury, A Forbes, R Halliwell (GK), E Harris, A McKirdy, E Moore, O Taylor, M Tudor and C Whitty

Player of the Match: Camille Whitty

 

Lancaster 4s 2-0 Lancaster and Morecambe 3s

Lancaster Ladies fantastic 4s bounced back to winning ways against local rivals Lancaster & Morecambe 3s on Saturday 21st October, making it four wins from five for the season so far.

A great team performance, which saw Lancaster dominate possession, was topped off by 2 well taken goals from striker Bea Burak. Strike partners Karen Foster and Diana Taylor also came close on occasion, but for a sterling display from the Morecambe goalkeeper and well placed goal posts. 

Morecambe looked confident on the break, however, the Lancaster defence led by Player of the Match, Abby Foster, couldn't be broken down.

Team: G Atherton (GK), B Burak, M Donohue, A Foster, K Foster, A Gardner (C), G Newman, M Powell, L Smith, D Taylor, A Watson and Wilkinson

Player of the Match: Abby Foster

Saturday 14th October 2017

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Formby Ladies 1s 0-2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Liverpool for this lunch time push back in unusually warm weather. 

They started strong and pushed forwards looking to create chances from the off. After 10 minutes they won their 1st penalty corner which Nicola Conway hammered home with a powerful strike.

Lancaster continued to press and were controlling the midfield with Chloe Ranson strong in the tackle. Heather Andrew and Cath Foy were fantastic at the back for Lancaster winning every 50/50 ball and distributing it quickly to start the breaks upfield. 

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster continued to dominate possession with "Player of the Match" Nina Helme working the ball up the left hand side.

Lancaster lost a little of their discipline and cards were shown, but their spirit didn't falter and they worked their socks off. Formby had a 2 player advantage with 10 minutes to go but it didn't show as Lancaster remained focused and were determined to keep the lead. 

Ranson worked the ball high into Formby's half to relieve some pressure and won a penalty corner from which Helme fired home with the last play of the game.

A fantastic result sees Lancaster up to 2nd in the league. 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, C Foy, T Fagan, C Ranson, N Helme, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, N Clark, N Conway and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Nina Helme

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

 

Lancaster 2s 0-2 Garstang 2s

Both team started bright looking for the opening goal. The first 20 minutes was end to end hockey with great defensive tackles from Lottie Horner, Beth Hay and Chloe Shatford. Faye Ledward controlled the midfield transferring the ball releasing Beth Andrews and Lily Armer on great runs down the wings. 

Garstang broke the deadlock first, a great run to the baseline lead to an easy tap it at the back post. Lancaster lost their shape which lead to another goal for Garstang. They went into half time with a 2 goal advantage over Lancaster.

The team talk spurred on Lancaster at the start of the second half with great work between Helen Clegg and Rebecca Cooper passing in triangles up the pitch. Beth Fletcher and Chloe Hilton made great leading runs into space before releasing their shots which were saved by the Garstang Goalkeeper. 

Garstang pressed again forcing Becca Halliwell to make a number of saves. Lancaster pushed for a lifeline with Ella Bookless dominating the midfield. Luck wasn’t with Lancaster today as they saw every shot saved. 

Team: B Andrews, L Armer, J Burrows, E Bookless, H Clegg, R Cooper, B Fletcher, R Halliwell (GK), L Horner, C Hilton, B Hay (C), F Ledward and C Shatford

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Fylde Ladies 4s 2-0 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster 3's played away this week with an early pushback against Fylde 4's. The match stayed fairly even in the first half with some sterling defending from keeper Sarah Hart with Olivia Taylor, Millie Whitty, Meg Tudor and Louise Didsbury denying Fylde a goal on their penalty corner.

Helen Clegg was relentless in her defence, accurately delivering the ball to the attack. During Lancaster's attack, Katie Adamson-Benz narrowly missed her shot on goal, rebounding off the top post and Yaz Cotton later tried to pass through Fylde's defence with no avail with a 0-0 result at half time.

The second half saw Lancaster tire, and despite tireless efforts from Meg Tudor and Olivia Taylor, Fylde broke through the defence and slipped a shot into the goal. Lancaster remained strong displaying some strong passes and great team work, enabling Lancaster to keep possession pushing through Fylde's attack. Eleanor Harris played well on the left, driving the ball towards the D but fell short of scoring past Fylde's seeming stern defence. Fylde fought back with an unexpected shot to make the final score Lancaster 3's 0, Fylde 4's 2.

Team: K Adamson-Benz (C), B Burak, H Clegg, Y Cotton, B Davey, L Didsbury, E Harris, S Hart (GK), K Oliver, O Taylor, D Taylor, M Tudor and C Whitty

Player of the Match: Olivia Taylor

 

Lancaster & Nomad Ladies 2s 5-2 Lancaster 4s

Team: L Allwood, B Burak, S Davey, M Donohue, A Foster, K Foster, A Gardner (C), L McAdam (GK), A McKirdy, L Smith, A Watson and K Wilkinson

Goal Scorers: Bea Burak and Shannon Davey

Player of the Match: Shannon Davey

Sunday 8th October 2017

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Lancaster Development Team 3-0 Lancaster Nomads 2s

     

Lancaster Development had their first Lancaster derby match in the Netherwood league on Sunday and the weather couldn’t have been better.

Both sides started brilliantly and were wanting to get the first goal. The first half was end to end hockey as both teams worked hard in defence and midfield to turn over the ball and counter attack. Louise Didsbury, Beth Davey and Yaz Cotton worked well in the middle passing in triangles up the pitch. Forwards Ailsa McKirdy and debutant Lily Garwood forced the Nomads goalkeeper to make a number of crucial saves. Becca Halliwell in the Lancaster goal was equally as busy and dealt with a number of Nomads chances comfortably.

After an inspiring team talk, Lancaster knew what they needed to do in order to get a goal. With Captain Molly Ayrton leading from the back and encouraging the team, Lancaster worked well together earning a number of short corners. Yaz Cotton broke the deadlock after receiving the ball on the penalty spot and calmly slotting it past the goalkeeper.

Despite the goal the Lancaster defence of Millie Cotton, Olivia Taylor and Abby Foster remained vigilant. Experienced player Toni Fagan controlled the game transferring the ball around the pitch allowing Mille Whitty, Abby Foster and Millie Cotton to drive down the line. Lancaster won another flurry of short corners. The second goal came from a well drilled routine where Louise Didsbury fired the ball far post where Beth Davey sprinted to deflect the ball around the goalkeeper.

The third and final goal came from Garwood whose relentless running up and down the pitch was rewarded after she was able to tap the ball into the goal after a Beth Davey cross into the D.

A great performance all round.

Team: R Halliwell (GK), O Taylor, M Ayrton (C), A Foster, M Cotton, Y Cotton, A McKirdy, L Didsbury, B Davey, C Whitty, L Garwood and T Fagan 

Players of the Match: Louise Didsbury and Lily Garwood

Coach: Leighan Bleasdale

Saturday 7th October 2017

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Lancaster 1s 5-1 Carlisle 1s

Lancaster produced a fantastic display of hockey with a 5-1 win over Carlisle in their 1st home game of the season.

Captain Ali Standeven opened the scoring after only 3 minutes when she pounced on a loose ball and took it round the onrushing keeper before hammering it home. It was just the start Lancaster were looking for and they continued to press forward looking for more goals. After 10 minutes they won a penalty corner and after Nicola Conway's initial shot was saved, the ball rebounded to Nat Clark and she squared it to Conway who swept it home.

   

2-0 up and Lancaster became a little complacent and allowed Carlisle back into the game. They scored from a penalty corner and they had their tails up going into half time.

Lancaster knew they had to up their game in the 2nd half and they did just that. They drove forward time and again with Holly Farquharson and Toni Fagan working hard down both flanks. Julie Walker made it 3 when, after another surging run from Fagan down the right, she crossed it in to the D and Walker finished from close range.

Soon after it was 4 for Lancaster when Clark showed great skill to bring the ball down and fire it past the keeper.

Lancaster were really firing on all cylinders and Carlisle were struggling to keep them out of the D.

Their 5th goal came after the "pass of the game." Jayde Christeansen picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch and played an unbelievable 30 metre pass finding Conway in the D, who calmly slotted it home.

Conway was unlucky not to get her hat-trick when she had a goal ruled out towards the end of the game. 

A fantastic result and the 2nd half performance was the best Lancaster have played this season. A real show of talent, fitness and team spirit! 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, J Christeansen, C Foy, T Fagan, H Farquharson, C Ranson, N Helme, H Johns, H Morris, N Conway, N Clark, J Walker and A Standeven (C) 

Players of the Match: Nat Clark and Holly Farquharson 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents 

 

Southport 1s 1-2 Lancaster 2s

Despite the bleak weather conditions Lancaster started the stronger of the 2 teams. Jo Higgs and Jess Burrows controlled the midfield releasing Amelia Farebrother and Emily Verden on great runs down both wings.

Lancaster struck first with a perfectly worked short corner routine which was fired home by Faye Ledward. Southport were unsettled by this so Lancaster took full advantage with a brilliantly worked team goal which was tapped home by Chloe Hilton. Southport pushed for a goal before half time to give them a way back into the game but their runs and passes were cut out by Zoe Oswald and Beth Andrews on both wings. 

The rain poured down as the second half got underway. Possession changed hands many times as both teams pushed for the win. Goalkeeper Rebecca Halliwell was forced to make save after save as Southport pushed for a goal.

They found a lifeline through a well worked short corner routine into the bottom left corner. This spurred Southport on pushing for the equaliser. Ella Bookless and Rebecca Cooper were able to give Lancaster’s defence a brief break as they worked possession down the right wing making great passes and runs between them.

As the final whistle neared Southport pushed a goal. Lancaster defence remained strong with tackles and perfectly times interceptions by Lottie Horner, Beth Hay and Chloe Shatford. Lancaster were able to survive a number of short corners one after the other soaking up the pressure. The final whistle went and Lancaster earned their first victory with a 2-1 win over Southport Ladies 1s. 

Team: B Andrews, J Burrows, E Bookless, R Cooper, A Farebrother, R Halliwell (GK), L Horner, J Higgs, C Hilton, B Hay (C), F Ledward, Z Oswald, C Shatford and E Verden

Player of the Match: Ella Bookless

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 3s 5-0 Southport 2s

Southport conceded. Lancaster received a 5-0 walkover.

 

Garstang 4s 0-3 Lancaster 4s

Goal Scorers: Georgie Newman, Susannah Steel and Lauren Allwood

Player of the Match: Georgie Newman

Sunday 1st October 2017

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Windermere Ladies 3s  2-0 Development Team

Lancaster travelled to Windermere on a very cold and wet afternoon. The conditions meant that the pitch was very slow, which played to Windermere’s advantage.

The Lancaster team started brightly with some good passing between Molly Ayrton, Sophie Fowler and Yaz Cotton in the middle of the pitch. Claudia Fowler and Lauren Allwood made some good leading runs towards the oppositions D but were unable to break the experienced Windermere defence.

Rebecca Halliwell made a number of crucial saves to keep the scores level. As the rain lashed down hard Lancaster conceded 2 goals in quick succession.

When the rain finally subsided in the second half Lancaster switched the ball around the pitch quickly and were able to penetrate the Windermere defence. Debutant Caitlin Currie had her shot saved by the goalkeeper and the undeterred Lancaster side continued to press and won a flurry of shot corners.

In the dying minutes Lancaster had a number of shots cleared off the line and the score finished 2-0.

Team: L Allwood, M Ayrton (C), Y Cotton, M Cotton, C Currie, B Davey, L Didsbury, A Foster, K Foster, S Fowler, C Fowler and R Halliwell (GK)

Players of the Match: Beth Davey and Yaz Cotton

Coach: L Bleasdale

Saturday 30th September 2017

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Fylde Ladies 2s 2–2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Fylde and had to settle for a share of the spoils in this fast paced, end to end game.

After a defensive start from both sides Fylde scored on their first break upfield when they caught Lancaster out with the long ball. But Lancaster didn't let their heads go down and pushed forward with "players of the match" Cath Foy and Chloe Ranson driving Lancaster forward through the middle.

Some excellent interchange and quick passing down the left from Hayley Johns and Holly Farquharson caused Fylde real problems all afternoon. After another great break down the left Lancaster won a penalty corner from which Ranson scored with the help of a slight deflection.

Straight from the restart Lancaster won possession back with Nicola Conway who found Ali Standeven in the D who in turn flicked it past the keeper for Nat Clark to get the final touch at the back post. Lancaster had turned the game around in 2 minutes and continued to press until half time but couldn't increase their lead. 

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster defended strong but Fylde pushed forward looking for an equaliser. They managed to win a succession of penalty corners and from one fired the ball into the back of the net.

As the game wore on tempers began to flair with both sides giving their all looking for a winner. Fylde's keeper made a fantastic double save in the dying minutes to keep out strikes from Conway and Ranson and at the final whistle a draw was probably a fair result. A good point gained away from home for Lancaster against a strong side.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, J Christeansen, T Fagan, C Foy, H Farquharson, C Ranson, N Helme, H Morris, H Johns, N Clark, N Conway, J Walker and A Standeven (C)

Players of the Match: Cath Foy and Chloe Ranson 

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate and Letting Agents

 

Lancaster 2s 2-3 Pendle Forest 2s

Lancaster started strong with attacks down both sides from Katy Lindsay and Amelia Farebrother. Bethany Fletcher and Emily Verden made some leading runs, opening up Pendle defence. Lancaster broke first with a great shot into the corner by Chloe Hilton.

Lancaster’s defence remained strong with Beth Hay and Chloe Shatford cutting out any attack and Becca Halliwell making some key saves. However, Pendle pushed for the equaliser, scoring a scrappy goal.

Lancaster pressed as half time neared earning a short corner which was turned in by a great deflection by Zoe Oswald. 

Lancaster started the second half the strongest with runs down the wings by Lily Armer and Beth Andrews before Pendle converted a penalty corner making the score 2-2. Lancaster pressed for the win with Jess Burrows and Jo Higgs controlling the midfield.  

Pendle overloaded the defence with 5 minutes to go and found the winner. 

Team: B Andrews, L Armer, J Burrows, A Farebrother, B Fletcher, R Halliwell (GK), J Higgs, C Hilton, B Hay (C), K Lindsay, Z Oswald, C Shatford and E Verden

Player of the Match: Chloe Hilton

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 4s 8-0 -Leyland & Chorley Ladies 4s

Goal Scorers: Bea Burak x4, Ailsa McKirdy x2 and Karen Foster x2

Saturday 23rd September 2017

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Longridge 1s 0-6 Lancaster 1s

The first game of the new season and Lancaster got off to a flyer with a comfortable 6-0 win against Longridge.

After only 8 minutes debutant Nicola Conway smashed the ball home after some neat play down the right hand side. Lancaster dominated possession from start to finish and Conway grabbed her second just before half time.

Into the second half and Julie Walker made it 3 with a fine finish on the turn. Walker then grabbed her second with a carbon copy goal to make it 4-0.

Lancaster were solid through the middle limiting Longridge into playing the long ball which Lancaster easily dealt with.

Another burst through the middle and Ali Standeven found the back of the net, before "Player of the Match" Conway grabbed her well-deserved hat-trick in the final minute of the game.

A fantastic display of hockey from Lancaster, who were rarely troubled at the back and ruthless in front of goal. A superb start to the new season.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, J Christeansen, T Fagan, C Foy, H Farquharson, N Swarbrick, H Morris, H Johns, J Walker, N Clark, N Conway and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Nicola Conway

Sponsor: Sue Bridges Estate & Letting Agents

 

Longridge 2s 1-1 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster started the brighter of the 2 teams; dominating possession down the left through Becca Airey and Faye Ledward. Eve Dodd and Beth Fletcher both had shots on target which were saved by the home goalkeeper.

Longridge soon got back into the game with Lancaster keeper Becca Halliwell being forced to make crucial saves to keep Lancaster in the game. The defence composed themselves and Beth Hay, Beth Andrews, Nat Clark and Chloe Shatford prevented any further attacks reaching the D.

It remained at deadlock until the start of the second half when Jayne Roper reverse-stick-shot placed the ball past the Longridge goalkeeper. Lancaster maintained the pressure with runs by Jess Burrows, Mille Whitty and Beth Andrews down the wings.

Longridge composed themselves and were able to find an equaliser from a penalty corner. The last 10 minutes were intense; both teams pushed for the win with Longridge having a goal disallowed in the last 5 minutes. The game ended 1-1, a great team performance.

Team: R Airey, B Andrews, J Burrows, N Clark, E Dodd, B Fletcher, R Halliwell (GK), B Hay (C), F Ledward, J Roper, C Shatford and C Whitty

Player of the Match: Faye Ledward

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 3s 4-1 Longridge 3s

This weekend saw the Lancaster 3s taking on a freshly-promoted Longridge 3s at home. The team was led by newly-appointed Captain Katie Adamson-Benz in their first game together.

Lancaster’s motivation and enthusiasm shone throughout the whole game, staying strong, keeping possession and making full use of the pitch. Longridge tried to keep their defence steady as play was mainly in Lancaster’s attack during the first half, leaving keeper Sarah Hart with plenty of time on her hands.

Lancaster maintained position with some great from between powerhouse Meg Tudor and Louise Didsbury before a solid solo run through the defence by Captain Katie Adamson-Benz saw their first goal from the edge of the D. Coupled with the cheers from Lancaster’s home supporters, their confidence soared as they continued to prove their worth - some outstanding defending from Mollie Freeman prevented a goal from Longridge with the Lancaster keeper, Sarah Hart successfully deflecting a short corner.

Helen Clegg powered the ball down midfield finding Louise Didsbury in the D who shot towards goal, finding Emma Moore who successfully tapped the ball over the goal line gaining a 2-0 result at half time.

Throughout the second half Olivia Taylor consistently played strong passes to midfielder Helen Clegg, working tirelessly with Izzy Marshall along the right to keep the attack strong with Yaz Cotton repeatedly driving the ball towards goal. Diana Taylor earned her shared Player of the Match award with Meg Tudor when she single-handedly tackled a defender and drove the ball down the 23, straight into the D with a successful shot on goal – 3-0 to Lancaster. And the cheers kept on coming!

Longridge came back with a stronger defence throughout the second half, tiring out Lancaster’s attack, despite long runs ahead by Beth Davey. Some effort was made on short corners awarded to Lancaster but striker Katie Adamson-Benz couldn’t get through the toughened defence. Longridge quickly took Lancaster by surprise and broke through their defence with a deserved goal to make the score 3-1. Lancaster quickly fought back with a strong run by newcomer Emma Moore to score her second goal for Lancaster 3s triumphing with a 4-1 result at full time.

A great start to the new season and the smiles on their faces at the end of the game said it all! Well done team!

Team: K Adamson-Benz (C), H Clegg, Y Cotton, B Davey, L Didsbury, M Freeman, S Hart (GK), I Marshall, E Moore, D Taylor, O Taylor and M Tudor

Player of the Match: Meg Tudor and Diana Taylor

 

Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 4s 1-2 Lancaster 4s

Goal Scorers: Emma Broadbent x2

Player of the Match: Ailsa McKirdy

Saturday 25th March 2017

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Pendle Forest 1s 4-0 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Pendle in their last league game of the season to take on the already-crowned League Champions.

In unusually warm weather and following a recent heavy schedule of games, Lancaster found it tough going against a strong Pendle side. Lancaster worked hard and had chances to go ahead through Anya Briggs and Ali Standeven but Pendle's goalkeeper made good saves. 

Pendle then turned the screw and attacked quickly down both flanks and found their break from a rebound after a great initial save from Leighan Bleasdale. Pendle kept on the pressure and made it 2 with an unstoppable shot.

At half time Lancaster knew they had to press hard to get back into the game and in the second half "Player of the match" Hannahlise Morris didn't stop running. She pressed and pressed to thwart Pendle's attack before driving the ball forwards. 

Unfortunately Pendle grabbed a 3rd which dented Lancaster's hopes of a comeback. Then not long before the end they scored their 4th.

Lancaster shouldn't dwell on this final result of the season as they were up against the league champions who haven't dropped a point all season.

Lancaster finished 3rd in NW Div 2 which is a fantastic achievement and one which all the players should be proud of. They have worked so hard all season and played fantastic hockey, during which they went on a run of 8 clean sheets!  

Team: L Bleasdale, C Ranson, E Park, T Fagan, N Swarbrick, H Johns, H Morris, H Farquharson, J Walker, R Airey, A Briggs, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Hannahlise Morris

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Preston Ladies 1s 0-4 Lancaster 2s

 

Lytham St Annes Ladies 3s 6-0 Lancaster 4s

 

Lancaster Hockey Club would like to thank all of its players and oppositions for a great season and wishes all of its members off to university this summer the best of luck.

Sunday 19th March 2017

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England Hockey Women’s Trophy

Alderley Edge Ladies 1s 3-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Alderley Edge in the semi-final of the England Hockey Trophy looking to knock out the current holders.

Alderley started brighter overloading their left hand side which Lancaster struggled to deal with and they carved out a good opportunity, but Player of the Match Leighan Bleasdale stood firm in goal to deny them. Alderley kept pressing and after 10 minutes took the lead from a well worked corner. 

Lancaster dug deep and responded well to going behind. Annie Park, Becca Airey and Julie Walker worked hard on front line and their press made it difficult for Alderley to find a way out. Nina Swarbrick and Chloe Ranson were winning the midfield battle and Alderley began to get frustrated. Ali Standeven drove forward with the ball winning a penalty corner and after a great strike from Katie Benter, Hayley Johns just couldn't get enough of a touch on the ball and it drifted the wrong side of the post. 

Hannahlise Morris was up and down the pitch all game working hard to carve openings for the forward's. 

Still trailing going into the 2nd half Lancaster gave it all they had, and their hard work paid off. Walker robbed the centre back of the ball and she squared it to Standeven who stayed calm and slotted it home.

With the scores level it was all to play for going into the final 20 minutes. Heather Andrew, Katie Benter and Eve Park were putting their bodies on the line to keep Alderley out but they managed to win a penalty corner which found the net thanks to a lucky deflection.

Lancaster threw everything forward with Toni Fagan and Holly Farquharson flying down the wings looking to get Lancaster back in the game. But Alderley got a break away and scored their 3rd from another corner.

Lancaster kept pressing forwards which left them open at the back and Bleasdale made some point blank saves to deny Alderley a 4th.

At the final whistle Lancaster were disappointed not to get to the final but have to be so proud of themselves to get to the last 4 in the country for the 1st time ever in this competition. Everyone worked their socks off and couldn't have given any more on the day. Coach Chris Simcock was immensely proud of every one of his players who showed such drive and determination. 

A big thank you to all of Lancaster's supporters for making the journey to Alderley Edge to cheer the team on.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, N Swarbrick, E Park, H Farquharson, C Ranson, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, A Park, R Airey and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Leighan Bleasdale

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Alliance Care & Education

Saturday 18th March 2017

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Lancaster 2s 8-0- Preston Ladies 2s

Lancaster 2s penultimate match of the season was a great success, winning 8-0 in a match dominated by the Lancaster side. Abi Symons' goalkeeping excellence was hardly required, as most of the game was featured in the other half of the pitch.

Fantastic runs were made by Alex Bush, Nat Clark, Amelia Farebrother and Helen Gates and a brilliant defence with Zoe Oswald and Beth Hay. Emily Verden running down the wing with the ball was very effective and as speedy as ever and Beth Andrews was very skilful and her accurate passing had a massive impact on the game.

Great passing from the defence through to midfield to the forwards was just too formidable for Preston team. The final score was 8-0 with goals scored by Jo Higgs (1), Beth Fletcher (2), Chloe Hilton (2), Jess Burrows (2) and Eve Dodd (1).

Team: A Symons, B Hay, Z Oswald, A Bush, H Gates (C), B Andrews, N Clark, J Higgs, J Burrows, A Farebrother, C Hilton, E Dodd, B Fletcher and E Verden

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 4s 0-4  Lytham St Anne's Ladies 3s

Sunday 12th March 2017

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England Hockey Women’s Trophy

Lymm 1s 0-2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Lymm in the quarter final of the England Hockey Trophy looking to progress to the semis where a trip to Alderley Edge would await them.

It was Lymm who started the brighter pressing Lancaster deep into their own half and they struggled to find an outlet. Lymm had a few half chances but goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale was alert to the danger. Lymm kept pressing but "Player of the Match" Katie Benter and her defensive partner Heather Andrew were solid, tackling hard and putting their bodies on the line to keep Lymm out.

      

Lymm couldn't make their pressure count and after 13 minutes they were punished. Holly Farquharson played a fantastic ball to Ali Standeven on the left whose driving run resulted in a penalty corner which Benter rifled into the bottom corner.

Lancaster kept the pressure on and two minutes later they doubled their lead. Hayley Johns won a free hit just outside the 23m line and fired the ball into the D where Becca Airey took a deft touch to lift it over the oncoming keeper and into the back of the net.

Lancaster didnt stop there and they kept pressing looking for a 3rd with Julie Walker and Annie Park working tirelessly upfront but just couldn't find that decisive finish.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster remained in control. They kept possession with Toni Fagan and Hannahlise Morris linking up well finding the forwards at every opportunity. Lancaster worked hard and their fitness showed going into the final 15 minutes. They kept running and pressing not allowing Lymm any time on the ball; forcing them into mistakes. Nina Swarbrick and Eve Park worked solidly through the middle winning tackle after tackle and Chloe Ranson made fantastic leading runs all game creating space high up the pitch.

Going into the final 5 minutes and Lymm threw everything at Lancaster and even resorted to a kicking back to look for a goal. But Lancaster remained calm and composed keeping their structure not allowing Lymm a way through.

At the final whistle Lancaster were ecstatic! They now progress to the semi finals of the England Hockey Trophy for the first time in the club's history. The dream is still alive for a trip to Lee Valley Stadium in April. But first they need to overcome Alderley Edge which will be a tough test. But confidence is high in the Lancaster camp; belief is everything!

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, N Swarbrick, H Farquharson, E Park, H Johns, H Morris, C Ranson, J Walker, A Park, R Airey and  A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Katie Benter

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Alliance Care & Education

Saturday 11th March 2017

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Lancaster 1s 7-2 Preston Ladies 1s

Lancaster were in a confident mood going into their final home game of the season and proved too strong for a struggling Preston side. 

Lancaster were a little slow to start and struggled to find connections in the first 10 minutes. But Hannalise Morris soon changed this. After a fantastic solo run into the D she picked out Chloe Ranson who fired the ball past the keeper with a great reverse stick strike. This sparked Lancaster into action and they soon made it 2 when Ali Standeven slotted the ball home after a quick burst into the D.

Julie Walker got in on the action with Morris again the provider; another penetrating run into the D she found Walker who swept the ball home. "Player of the Match" Eve Park and Hayley Johns were bursting forwards at every opportunity causing real problems for Preston's defence. Just before half time Walker grabbed Lancaster's 4th from close range.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster's concentration slipped slightly and they conceded their 1st goal in 7 matches.

Toni Fagan and Holly Farquharson were finding room down the wings and looked to feed Annie Park high upfield. She won a penalty corner with a great piece of skill which Becca Airey fired into the roof of the net.

Lancaster kept the pressure on winning another corner which Katie Benter smashed home from the top of the D.

Heather Andrew and Leighan Bleasdale were solid at the back and Nina Swarbrick was composed in the middle controlling the play. But all credit to Preston they kept pushing and grabbed a 2nd goal.

Lancaster kept attacking and moving the ball quickly which Preston couldn't deal with. They scored their 7th when Standeven found Walker in the D who swept it home for her hat-trick.

Tempers were flaring as Preston became frustrated and cards were shown. But Lancaster remained composed and kept in control.

At the final whistle Lancaster were ecstatic with a fantastic win which sees them stay 2nd in the league. 

Team: L Bleasdale, T Fagan, H Andrew, K Benter, H Farquharson, N Swarbrick, H Johns, E Park, H Morris, C Ranson, J Walker, A Park, R Airey and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Eve Park

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster University Women’s 1s 3-1 Lancaster 2s

Goal Scorer: Chloe Hilton

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 3s 0-2 Fylde 4s

Player of the Match: Meg Tudor

 

Southport Ladies 2s 7-0 Lancaster 4s

Saturday 4th March 2017

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Liverpool Sefton 2s 0-2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster continued on their fantastic run of form with an 8th straight win in all competitions whist also maintaining their 7th clean sheet in a row to stay 2nd in the league.

High in confidence, Lancaster began the game with high intensity putting pressure on Sefton and attacking at every opportunity. They were getting a lot of joy down the left hand side with "player of the match" Holly Farquharson running at their right back time after time. They just couldn't find a way through into the D to make the pressure count. Lancaster won a couple of penalty corners thanks to the relentless pressure but unfortunately they couldn't convert. 

The deadlock was finally broken after 25 minutes and it was nothing more than Lancaster deserved. After winning the ball back in the middle Nina Swarbrick then fired an inch perfect pass into Ali Standeven who spun and fired her shot past the keeper. Lancaster kept pressing with Standeven driving down the left but she couldn't find Julie Walker in the D who was crowded out by Sefton's defence.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster knew their lead was a slender one and this came all the more apparent very quickly. Sefton pressured Lancaster and created some clear cut chances which Lancaster have goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale to thank once again for making crucial saves. This sprung Lancaster into life and they soon doubled their lead. Hayley Johns drove down the left and checked back before finding Standeven in the D. She turned and faced the goal and somehow saw her weak effort dribble over the line. But they all count and it gave Lancaster a little breathing space.

After this they remained in control and Eve Park had a great shot from the top of the D but Sefton's keeper just got a toe on it to send it wide. Both Becca Airey and Chloe Ranson had chances towards the end but Sefton managed to clear the ball away to safety.

At the final whistle Lancaster were ecstatic after notching up their 8th straight win, from the last 7 games the team have scored 20 goals and not conceded any!

Lancaster now have a massive weekend of fixtures coming up with their final home game of the season on Saturday against Preston and the quarter final of the England Hockey Trophy on Sunday away against Lymm. They need to keep this momentum going and if they continue playing fantastic free flowing hockey like they have been doing then they will get what they deserve after working so hard all season.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, N Swarbrick, H Farquharson, E Park, C Ranson, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, A Briggs, R Airey and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Holly Farquharson 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 1-0 Lancaster Nomads 1s

From the starting whistle Lancaster Ladies started strong against the Nomads. Lots of great passing and defending meant that Lancaster were able to hold of the Nomads attack throughout the first half.

       

Nomads made some good balls and had some great shots on goal but defensively Lancaster were able to keep them from scoring. It was clear in the second half that Lancaster had found their niche and were able to work around the visitor’s well.

It was Beth Hay that had a perfect shot on goal from a short corner that put Lancaster in the lead. Both teams fought well with some fantastic play and teamwork but the Nomads were unable to equal the score board. Always a competitive match and the hockey displayed today was brilliant from both teams.

Team: A Symons, H Gates (C), N Clark, J Burrows, J Higgs, A Bush, B Hay, B Fletcher, E Verden, A Hill, Z Oswald and B Burak

Player of the Match: Zoe Oswald

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Blackpool 2s 1-2 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster started strong having the majority of possession in the first 15 minutes; taking the lead 1-0 through a well-earned team goal by Katie Adamson-Benz.

This spurred Lancaster on, attacking down the left with great runs from Meg Tudor and Louise Didsbury. Ellie Harris, Diana Taylor and Katie Adamson-Benz controlled the midfield which led to an influx of Lancaster shots on goal. Blackpool counter attacked and an error in defence led to an equaliser.

The second half Lancaster pushed for the win. Lancaster pressed down the right with runs down the wing from Amanda Bamforth and Beth Davey. Lancaster continued to exert pressure before Chloe Hilton scored making the score 2-1. Lancaster were unlucky not to be awarded a flick when Katie Adamson-Benz was wiped out by the Blackpool goalkeeper (queue dramatic roll).

Blackpool pushed trying to find the equaliser. The defence held strong with last minute ditch tackles from Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite and Olivia Taylor.

In the last minute Blackpool attacked and Goalkeeper Rebecca Halliwell had to make a number of continued saves to ensure the victory.

Team: E Harris, R Halliwell, B Davey, D Taylor, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Adamson-Benz, L Didsbury, M Tudor, O Taylor, A Bamforth (C) and C Hilton

Player of the Match: Meg Tudor

 

Lancaster 4s 0-1 Longridge Ladies 3s

Sunday 26th February 2017

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Southport 1s 2-0 Lancaster 2s

The second fixture of the weekend for Lancaster 2s away to Southport. In spite of 4 players joining the team that morning, Lancaster made a very positive, organised start. They attacked at pace with Dodd, Burak, Harris and McKirdy.

Southport matched the positive start and counter attacked through the centre. Ledward bravely intercepted but took a deflection to the elbow, ending her game. Southport continued to press forward with Boothman, Clark and Farebrother working hard to put tackles in to disrupt their attack. Clark was soon added to the injury list after taking a hit on the ankle. Lancaster worked incredibly hard playing the last 10 minutes of the first half and 20 minutes of the second half with 10 players.

As players tired Southport pressed harder and harder. Lindsay, Hay and Gates defended bravely, but it was keeper Hart who kept Lancaster in the game with some amazing saves. Until the last 10 minutes Southport could not break through, but as weary legs took over two goals went in.

It was a fantastic effort from every player to keep working throughout a tough game.

Team: S Hart, H Gates (C), B Hay, A Farebrother, E Harris, E Dodd, N Clark, L Boothman, A McKirdy, B Burak, K Lindsay and F Ledward

Player of the Match: Sarah Hart

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

Saturday 25th February 2017

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Lancaster 1s 3-0 University of Liverpool 1s

Lancaster welcomed the University of Liverpool on Saturday knowing a win would take them into 2nd place in the league. High in confidence Lancaster were looking for a 7th win on the bounce.

But it was Liverpool who started the brighter winning a penalty corner on their first attack but Lancaster defended well keeping them out. Liverpool kept pressing but "Player of the Match" Katie Benter and Heather Andrew stood firm defending strongly to keep them out.

After 10 minutes Lancaster managed to grab a goal with their first real attack of the game. Hannahlise Morris drove down the left and rolled round the defender before firing the ball into the D where Annie Park was perfectly placed at the far post to tap the ball home.

This goal shifted the balance of play and it was Lancaster who went on the attack with Julie Walker almost finding a way through but Liverpool's goalkeeper smothered her shot. Lancaster continued to press and won a penalty corner which Chloe Ranson hammered home into the bottom corner.

Liverpool continued to cause problems on the break and Lancaster have their goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale to thank as she made 2 point blank saves to keep their 2 goal cushion going into the break.

Into the 2nd half and Liverpool pressed Lancaster high up the pitch keeping possession but not really troubling Bleasdale in goal. Holly Farquharson and Nina Swarbrick combined well with Eve Park to work the ball up the pitch and relieve some pressure on Lancaster's defence.

With 10 minutes to go the game was won when Lancaster scored their 3rd. The ever tenacious Hayley Johns won the ball back on the half way line and drove forward before finding Annie Park on the right. She then knocked the ball into space for Ali Standeven to run onto who found Walker in the D who in turn swept the ball past the keeper. 

At the final whistle Lancaster were jubilant to win this top of the table clash which saw them leapfrog Liverpool up to 2nd in the table and maintain a 6th clean sheet in a row.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, A Briggs, N Swarbrick, H Farquharson, E Park, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, A Park, C Ranson and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Katie Benter

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall 

 

Pendle 2s 3-1 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster battled hard against a well organised and attacking Pendle side. In the first half there were periods of sustained attacks in both Ds. Pendle struck first, converting a penalty corner. Lancaster took the game back to them attacking through Dodd, Verden and Fletcher. Hay converted a Lancaster corner to equal the scores.

Farebrother and Bush drove down the right wing linking with Bookless and Clark in the centre, getting plenty of balls in to the D. After a period of Lancaster attacks, Gates, Oswald and keeper Symons were left open to counter attacks and Pendle quickly scored two before the end of the first half.

Lancaster showed no signs of fading in the second half and pushed hard in to the Pendle half. Bamber-Dowthwaite and Harris were intercepting passes and driving forward. The deadlock couldn't be broken and the second half finished goalless. It was a fantastic overall team performance from Lancaster.

Team: A Symons, H Gates (C), Z Oswald, B Hay, A Bush, A Farebrother, E Harris, E Bookless, E Verden, E Dodd, B Fletcher, N Clark and E Bamber-Dowthwaite

Player of the Match: Beth Hay

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 3s 1-2 Brookfields

Goal Scorer: Bea Burak

Sunday 19th February 2017

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Development Team 1-0 Kirkby Lonsdale Development 

Lancaster Development welcomed Kirkby Lonsdale on Sunday, where a win for the home side would take them to top of the division.

Kirkby Lonsdale started the brightest forcing Lancaster to defend strong in the early stages. The back four of Abby Foster, Abi Watson, Sarah Nottingham and Alison Gardner worked hard to keep Kirkby Lonsdale at bay.

‘Player of the Match’ Molly Ayrton put the visitors under pressure with some fantastic runs down the wing, linking up nicely with Laura Smith, Yaz Cotton and Gabby Batty. Karen Foster found herself with a couple of shots on the back post but the goalkeeper dived to save wide. The first half was evenly match and it was a well fought contest.

Lancaster goalkeeper Becca Halliwell made some fantastic saves to keep her team in the game. Kirkby Lonsdale’s best chance came from a powerful shot that took a wicked deflection off Gardner’s stick, Halliwell was alert to parry the ball away with her left glove.

Lancaster kept the belief and continued to press; winning a number of short corners. The deadlock was finally broken in the latter stages on a short corner. A straight strike from Ayrton found its way into the net of the goal after taking a deflection off a defenders stick.

The game finished 1-0 and Lancaster leapfrog Kirkby Lonsdale to go top of the table.

Team: R Halliwell (GK), A Gardner (C), S Nottingham, A Foster, A Watson, S Kakkar, Y Cotton, G Batty, Z Oswald, M Ayrton, K Foster and L Smith

Player of the Match: Molly Ayrton

Saturday 18th February 2017

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Lancaster 1s 1-0- Longridge Ladies 1s

Lancaster continued their fantastic run with a 1-0 victory over Longridge in this North Div 2 fixture. That's 6 wins out of 6 for Lancaster; scoring 19 goals in the process and conceding just 3.

The game started at a furious pace with players of the match Anya Briggs and Holly Farquharson flying down the wings at every opportunity. Longridge just couldn't cope with Lancaster's speed on the attack with Julie Walker and Chloe Ranson finding space in the D but seeing their shots saved by Longridge's keeper. Lancaster kept pressing forward looking for a goal but Ali Standeven was crowed out by the in form keeper. Nina Swarbrick was controlling the middle of the field breaking down play and releasing the ball forwards. But Lancaster couldn't find the final killer instinct in front of goal. 

The deadlock was finally broken on the half hour mark when Standeven hammered the ball home from a penalty corner. 

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster didn't have it all their own way. Longridge upped the ante and pressed Lancaster back but Heather Andrew and Katie Benter remained strong in defence to keep them out of the D.

Lancaster kept pressing high to try and find a 2nd goal with Nat Clark and Becca Airey working hard to try and find a way through but Longridge's defence stood firm.

Hayley Johns and Hannahlise Morris were up and down the pitch all game providing support to the strikers as well as carrying out their defensive duties with aplomb.

A nervy final few minutes ensued as Longridge looked for the equaliser but Leighan Bleasdale made 2 point blank saves to maintain Lancaster's lead.

At the final whistle Lancaster were relieved that they weren't made to rue their missed chances in the 1st half. But a strong defensive display in the 2nd half ensured Lancaster took all 3 points.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, H Farquharson, N Swarbrick, A Briggs, C Ranson, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, R Airey, N Clark and  A Standeven (C)

Players of the Match: Holly Farquharson and Anya Briggs 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall 

Sunday 11th February 2017

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Didsbury Greys Ladies 1s 0-4 -Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Didsbury in the 3rd Round of the England Hockey Trophy looking to progress into the quarter finals.

It was Didsbury who started brighter gaining a number of penalty corners early on but Hayley Johns and Toni Fagan were perfectly placed to block the shots and the rebounds were cleared to safety.

After 10 minutes Lancaster scored on the break. Fagan found Ali Standeven on the half way line and she drove the ball into the D. Her reverse shot went past the keeper and Annie Park was on hand to slot in at the far post. This spurred Lancaster on and they upped their tempo and Didsbury couldn't cope with their speed going forward. Holly Farquharson and Fagan were flying down the wings causing Didsbury issues with their skill and speed. Fagan again found Standeven whose cross cum shot was deflected into the path of Julie Walker who made no mistake hammering the ball past the onrushing keeper.

Into the second half and Lancaster kept up the high tempo with Hannahlise Morris and Amelia Farebrother driving the ball forward at every opportunity.

Lancaster's 3rd came from Annie Park driving the ball down the right before firing a fantastic ball into the D where Walker saw her 1st time strike saved but Standeven fired in the rebound.

Nina Swarbrick and Eve Park kept it solid at the back all game and forced Didsbury into making mistakes. 

The tie was over when Lancaster grabbed their 4th. Player of the match Toni Fagan drove the ball from inside her own half to the top of the D where she found Annie Park who hammered home her 2nd goal of the game.

Lancaster kept possession in the final 10 minutes and Didsbury's frustration got the better of them and cards were shown.

Into the final few minutes and Lancaster have GK Leighan Bleasdale to thank for another clean sheet when she snuffed out 3 back to back shots from close range.

At the final whistle Lancaster were jubilant. They are through to the quarter finals of the England Hockey Trophy with the next round in 2 weeks time.

Team: L Bleasdale, N Swarbrick, E Park, T Fagan, H Farquharson, H Johns, H Morris, A Park, J Walker, A Farebrother and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Toni Fagan 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall 

Saturday 10th February 2017

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Formby Ladies 1s 0-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Formby high in confidence after a recent spell of good results in the league. They started well by pressing Formby high up the pitch and creating chances but it was the final ball let them down. Hayley Johns and Hannahlise Morris worked hard through the middle breaking down play and forcing Formby wide. The deadlock was broken after 15 minutes when Ali Standeven intercepted a loose pass and drove at Formby's defence before finding Annie Park in the D who found the far corner with an early strike. 

Into the 2nd half and Formby came out looking for an early goal but Eve Park and Heather Andrew kept composed at the back keeping Formby's strikers out of the D. The game descended into a scrappy affair with both teams giving away possession but Lancaster worked hard and their press was superb leaving Formby with no options going forward. Chloe Ranson worked hard through the middle creating more chances but was kept out of the D and in the end 1 goal was enough to see Lancaster home.

Another massive 3 points and another clean sheet to boot sees Lancaster sitting 3rd in the table.

Team: L Bleasdale, H Andrew, E Park, T Fagan, A Briggs, H Farquharson, N Swarbrick, C Ranson, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Players of the Match: Heather Andrew, Eve Park and Chloe Ranson

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall 

 

Caley Trophy Semi Final

Lancaster 2s 0-5 Garstang 2s

With 10 second team squad members unavailable for the cup semi-final it was going to be challenging to put a newly formed team up against in-form Garstang.

Lancaster won the toss and started positively, linking passing moves together. Garstang were quick to intercept and put the Lancaster defence under pressure. Lancaster fought bravely putting in tackle after tackle, but under a sustained attack, Garstang were awarded a penalty corner which they converted.

Lancaster worked tirelessly to recover possession and kept Garstang at bay for the rest of the half.

Under repeated attacks Lancaster struggled to hold formation with a number of players playing out of their normal Position. Garstang capitalised on this, breaking through the middle skilfully to score a second.

Lancaster threw everything at Garstang to try and get back in the game. Garstang scored a further 3 goals on the counter attack leaving the final score at 5-0.

It was a very brave fight from an inexperience Lancaster side, who should be proud of their work rate. 

Team: Abi Symons, Beth Hay, Helen Gates (C), Kate Ayrton, Lily Maher, Olivia Taylor, Katie Adamson-Benz, Eve Dodd, Beth Fletcher, Louise Taylor, Emily Verden, Chloe Hilton and Amelia Farebrother

Player of the Match: Beth Hay

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

Sunday 5th February 2017

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Development Team 6-2- Ulverston Development 

Lancaster Development Team were inspired by the performances of Lancaster Hockey Club’s big wins on Saturday and wanted to score lots of goals. The team weren’t disappointed as Karen Foster scored her hat-trick within 15 minutes. All were scored from her following the rebounded shots and tapping into the side of the goal.

There was some fantastic play and passing around midfield from Kate and Molly Ayrton who were able to feed the ball through to forwards Ailsa McKirdy and Julie Ashworth. McKirdy and Ashworth worked hard to win a flurry of short corners and credit to the Ulverston goalkeeper who made save after save.

A formation change saw Shreya Kakkar and Abby Foster moved up front. Foster’s pace unsettled the Ulverston defence and she was able to run the ball down the baseline and create a number of chances. Molly and Kate Ayrton’s hard work was rewarded by a goal for each of them.

In the second half Ulverston’s young players never gave up and despite Abi Watson’s strong tackles were able to break the Lancaster defence and score an early goal. Lancaster responded well with Abby Foster scoring Lancaster’s final goal.

Ulverston made it 6-2 after converting a short corner in the final seconds of the game.

Team: R Halliwell (GK), K Adamson-Benz, J Ashworth, L Bleasdale (C), K Foster, A Foster, A Watson, S Kakkar, M Ayrton, K Ayrton and A McKirdy

Player of the Match: Kate Ayrton

Saturday 4th February 2017

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Lancaster 1s 2-0 Garstang 1s

Lancaster secured a fantastic 3 points in a top of the table clash against Garstang thanks to a first half brace from in-form striker Annie Park.

From the 1st whistle Lancaster pressed Garstang high up the pitch creating overloads and forcing mistakes. The deadlock was broken after only 5 minutes when an early ball from Toni Fagan found Chloe Ranson high up the pitch; her pin point cross evaded the keeper and Annie Park slotted the ball home with a perfect first time strike. Lancaster kept pressing and Hayley Johns and Hannahlise Morris worked well together to move the ball forward. 

Lancaster made it two after 15 minutes when Holly Farquharson found Ali Standeven on the left who charged forward with the ball before checking back and crossing the ball into the D where once again, Park was in the perfect position to flick the ball past the keeper with a deft touch.

Into the 2nd half and Coach Chris Simcock reminded Lancaster to keep it tight and keep possession and Lancaster did just that. Nina Swarbrick and Eve Park held the ball up well in the middle and Julie Walker worked hard upfront to keep the pressure on Garstang's defence. 

Lancaster worked hard and kept their structure well to frustration of Garstang. All credit to them, Garstang kept pressing forward looking for a breakthrough but Katie Benter and Heather Andrew were organised and solid at the back to deny them. Abi Symons was strong in goal making a great save from a corner.

Into the last 10 minutes and Lancaster were putting their bodies on the line to keep their lead. Swarbrick and Eve Park needed head injuries patching up and Johns and Andrew played on with hand injuries; but with grit and determination Lancaster saw the game out.

Team: A Symons, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, N Swarbrick, C Ranson, H Farquharson, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, E Park, A Park and A Standeven  (C)

Player of the Match: Hayley Johns 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall 

 

Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern 2s 0-10 Lancaster 2s

Goal Scorers: Eve Dodd x2, Faye Ledward, Jo Higgs, Bethany Fletcher, Ella Bookless x2, Amelia Farebrother, Zoe Oswald and Helen Gates

Player of the Match: Eve Dodd

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 3s 2-2 Leyland & Chorley 2s

Goal Scorers: Amanda Bamforth and Beth Hay

Player of the Match: Olivia Taylor

 

Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern 4s 0-8 Lancaster 4s

Goal Scorers: Bea Burak x3, Yaz Cotton x2, Karen Foster, Charlotte Rawes and Mel Woods

Player of the Match: Yaz Cotton

Saturday 28th January 2017

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Leyland & Chorley 1s 0-7 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster recorded their biggest away win of the season putting 7 past a struggling Leyland.

Straight from the first whistle Lancaster dominated possession with Chloe Ranson, Nina Swarbrick and Hayley Johns working the ball well through the midfield. An early sin bin for captain Ali Standeven left Lancaster short but Katie Benter and Heather Andrew kept it solid at the back to snuff out any danger.

The deadlock was broken after 10 minutes when Standeven, back on, picked up the ball and drove into the D before slotting the ball past the on rushing keeper. Lancaster kept up the pressure and soon made it 2 with Annie Park slotting home at the back post. 

An early injury set back saw Johns limp off the pitch but Lancaster reshuffled and continued to attack with speed and power. Park soon grabbed her 2nd and Lancaster's 3rd with another great shot at the far post after great build up play.

It was soon 4 when Holly Farquharson's shot deflected into the path of Standeven who smashed it home with a fierce shot. Annie Park grabbed her hat-trick just before half time when Toni Fagan made a great run down the right and Park was on hand to convert her cross. 

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster's tempo faltered slightly and Leyland managed to create a couple of chances early on but Leighan Bleasdale saved everything they threw at her.

Julie Walker and Becca Airey worked tirelessly upfront causing Leyland's defence problems all game, never giving up and kept going looking for goals. Lancaster created a number of chances with Eve Park who was fantastic all game, intercepting everything and driving forward. But Lancaster just couldn't find the back of the net.

With only 10 minutes to go Standeven managed to bag her hat-trick when Swarbrick picked her out in the D, she turned and swept the ball past the keeper.

Lancaster won a penalty corner which "player of the match" Annie Park converted at the far post with the last touch of the game.

At the final whistle Lancaster were jubilant with their fantastic team performance, one that they hope to replicate next week in a top of the table clash against Garstang. 

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, N Swarbrick, C Ranson, H Farquharson, E Park, H Johns, J Walker, R Airey, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Annie Park

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall 

 

Lancaster 2s 1-2 Fylde 2s

Goal Scorer: Jess Burrows

Player of the Match: Jess Burrows

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Clitheroe and Blackburn Northern 3s 0-2 Lancaster 3s

After a strong start, there were some good passes made between Lily Armer and Lily Maher in the defence and fantastic breaks down the wing from Ella Bookless.

The first goal came from Bookless’ lead run down the line and into the D, the cross found its way to Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite who slotted the ball into the goal making it 1-0 at half time.

In the middle some fantastic runs were being made by Katie Oliver and Beth Davey who repeatedly drove the ball towards the goal, along with Amanda Bamforth and Diana Taylor who were working together to support the defence.

When the opposition won a flurry of short corners the defence stayed strong with Olivia Taylor holding off the attack and Meg Tudor providing powerful clearances. Goalkeeper Becca Halliwell made some excellent saves and managed to keep the ball away from the goal line.

Lancaster’s persistent pressure on the opposition allowed for a final attacking short corner towards the end of the game whereby Bamber-Dowthwaite scored her second by placing the ball in the back of the net. Final score was 2-0 to Lancaster.

Team: L Armer, L Maher, A Bamforth (C), M Tudor, D Taylor, O Taylor, R Halliwell (GK), B Davey, K Adamson-Benz, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Oliver and E Bookless

Player of the Match: Meg Tudor and Ella Bookless

 

Lancaster 4s 0-2 Leyland & Chorley 3s

Player of the Match: Gabby Batty

Saturday 21st January 2017

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Lancaster 1s 4-3 Lytham St Anne's 1s 

After going down 2-1 to Lytham earlier in the season, Lancaster wanted to grab all 3 points at home; and they did just that.

Instructions from coach Chris Simcock was to go at them straight from the off and Lancaster didn't disappoint. The half backs of Toni Fagan and Holly Farquharson were driving upfield at every opportunity creating overloads which Lytham couldn't cope with. Corners were won but Lancaster couldn't find the finish. The deadlock was broken after 15 minutes when Nina Swarbrick found Hayley Johns in the D. With her back to goal she spun and managed to whip the ball into the bottom corner for her 4th goal in as many games. Lancaster kept the pressure on and Becca Airey found Ali Standeven in space on the right. Her cross was smashed into the roof of the net by "player of the match" Julie Walker. 

Lytham then upped their game and piled forward winning a corner which they converted making the score 2-1 at the break.

Into the second half and Lancaster knew the next goal was crucial. Chloe Ranson and Eve Park worked hard to regain possession through the middle and frustrated Lytham. Johns then found Hannahlise Morris in space who drove through the middle of the pitch past 3 defenders before finding Walker in the D who slotted home to make it 3-1. 

Again Lytham didn't give up and scored a break-away goal to get them back into the game. Not long after green cards were shown with Walker getting her first ever card!

With only 10 minutes to go Annie Park used her sublime skill to get past the Lytham back line but was snuffed out just as she was about to strike. But Lytham's defence then presented the ball straight to Walker who flicked the ball to Standeven who smashed the ball into the far corner. But again Lancaster couldn't hold onto their 2 goal cushion and Lytham brought it back to 4-3. Into the final minutes and Lytham were pressing for an equaliser but Heather Andrew, Katie Benter and Leighan Bleasdale remained strong in defence to deny them.

Lancaster were pleased to grab all 3 points in this tough game, in which they used all their grit and determination to grind out the result.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, N Swarbrick, C Ranson, H Farquharson, E Park, H Morris, H Johns, A Park, J Walker, R Airey and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Julie Walker

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Southport Ladies 1s P-P Lancaster 2s

 

Garstang 3s 4-2 Lancaster 3s

Goal Scorers: Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite and Beth Hay

Player of the Match: Meg Tudor

 

Garstang 4s 0-0 Lancaster 4s

Player of the Match: Ailsa McKirdy

Saturday 14th January 2017

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Clitheroe and Blackburn Northern Ladies 1s 1-1 Lancaster 1s

In the 1st game back after the Christmas break Lancaster had to settle for a point away at Clitheroe. 

Lancaster created chances from the off and put Clitheroe under immediate pressure. Ali Standeven saw her fierce shot saved onto the cross bar and Julie Walker also saw her shot saved. Lancaster won a flurry of penalty corners but couldn't find the decisive finish.

After 20 minutes Lancaster were made to rue their missed chances as Clitheroe fired a hopeful ball upfield which their striker latched onto and found the back of the net.

Credit to Lancaster they came back almost immediately winning another corner which again Clitheroe's keeper managed to keep out. Tempers began to flare and the intensity of the game grew with cards being shown.

Trialing at the break Lancaster pushed hard in the 2nd half looking for the decisive goal. Clitheroe tried to catch Lancaster on the counter but Leighan Bleasdale made a great save to stop Clitheroe doubling their lead.

With 15 minutes to go Lancaster finally got their deserved goal. Toni Fagan won the ball on the left and found Walker. Her defence splitting pass found Standeven in the D who passed it past the oncoming keeper to Hayley Johns, who calmly swept the ball into an empty net.

This spurred Lancaster on and Clitheroe put 11 players behind the ball to try and stop Lancaster. Holly Farquharson and Nina Swarbrick battled in the middle and tried to find a way through, but it wasn't to be.

Lancaster had to make do with a point in a tough game. Lancaster will be looking to their next game at home against Lytham to try and take all 3 points.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, E Park, N Swarbrick, H Farquharson, C Ranson, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, R Airey, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Players of the Match:  Hayley Johns and Holly Farquharson 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 2-1 Longridge Ladies 2s

Lancaster 2s were hoping to take their cup form in to the league as they faced Longridge 2s. Lancaster started the game very positively, attacking down the right wing through Briggs and Verden. The Longridge defence held firm against strikes from Burrows and Dodd. Lancaster switched the ball to the left to bring in-form striker Fletcher in to the game and put further pressure on the opposition. The deadlock was broken after a penalty corner was awarded and Dodd hammered a low shot home.

In the second half the defence was under pressure with Symons, Oswald, Bush and Gates having to put plenty of blocks in. Ledward, Clark and Andrews worked tirelessly to keep sustained Longridge attacks out of the D, but an equaliser eventually came. With the team’s new-found energy, heads did not go down and Lancaster quickly attacked. Higgs, Burrows and Lindsay controlled the middle and Lancaster were soon battling in the D. A flurry of shots was defended well by Longridge but Fletcher’s was deflected into the goal giving Lancaster the win.

Lancaster travel to Southport next week looking to maintain their 2017 undefeated record intact.

Team: A Symons, A Briggs, H Gates, Z Oswald, B Andrews, A Bush, N Clark, F Ledward, K Lindsay, J Burrows, J Higgs, E Verden, E Dodd, and B Fletcher

Player of the Match: Eve Dodd

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Fulwood 3-1 Lancaster 3s

Goal Scorer: Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite

 

Lancaster 4s 2-2 Lancaster Nomads 2s

Goal Scorer: Bea Burak and own goal

Saturday 7th January 2017

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Caley Trophy

Fylde Ladies 3s 0-2 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster 2s’ first game back from the Christmas break brought a cup match against Fylde Ladies 3s.

The first half started with an equal possession from both teams, with our defence clearing any shots Fylde had on goal. Helen Gates, Zoe Oswald, Nat Clark, Beth Andrews and Faye Ledward worked closely together communicating to clear the ball out of our D and pass up the pitch. Sarah Hart made some awesome saves throughout.

Unfortunately at this point Lancaster were yet to score even after some speedy runs from Katy Lindsay and Eve Dodd with the help of Alex Bush and Jess Burrows.

After half time both teams came back fighting, however Lancaster took control of the game and turned this motivation into 2 goals. The first goal scored by Emily Verden came from a cross in from Beth Fletcher: Fletcher's attacked the left side of the pitch and with great stick work made it to the D and crossed the ball for Verden to slip into the back of the goal.

Shortly after Amelia Farebrother crossed the ball to Chloe Hilton who had tactically positioned herself within the D, to the right side of the goal and slipped the ball into the back of the goal therefore pushing Lancaster to a 2-0 lead.

Lancaster were delighted with the 2-0 win and go into the semi-finals of the trophy competition.

Team: H Gates (C), N Clark, E Dodd, B Andrews, K Lindsay, E Verden, B Fletcher, Z Oswald, C Hilton, S Hart, A Bush, A Farebrother, J Burrows and F Ledward

Player of the Match: Beth Fletcher

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lishman Cup

Southport Ladies 2s 3-3 Lancaster 3s

Southport won on penalties

Goal Scorers: Amanda Bamforth and Bea Burak x2

Penalty Flick Scorers: Amanda Bamforth and Lily Maher

 

Lishman Cup

Lancaster 4s 0-1 Garstang Ladies 3s

Sunday 18th December 2016

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Ulverston Ladies 2s 0-3 Development Team

Goal Scorers: Leighan Bleasdale, Ella Bookless and Katie Adamson-Benz

Player of the Match: Louise Didsbury

Saturday 17th December 2016

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Lancaster 1s 4-2 Formby 1s

Lancaster won their final game before the Christmas break but were pushed all the way by a young and skilful Formby side.

It was Formby who started the brighter; moving the ball quickly and Lancaster just couldn't get into the game. Formby deservedly took the lead after 10 minutes with a fierce shot leaving goalkeeper Abi Symons with no chance. 

This goal spurred Lancaster into action and they upped the tempo winning the 50/50 tackles and pushing forwards. Lancaster drew level with Annie Park's deft touch taking the ball past the onrushing keeper.

'Player of the Match' Park soon grabbed her second; Toni Fagan made a great run down the right cutting inside to the top of the D. She then found Park at the far post who had time to take a touch and calmly slot it past the keeper.

Into the 2nd half and the next goal would be crucial. Lancaster kept the tempo up and won a flurry of penalty corners. From one, Chloe Ranson played a pinpoint ball back to Hayley Johns who spun and fired the ball into the far corner.

Becca Airey scored Lancaster's 4th goal with only 10 minutes to go; she picked up the ball and took it past two defenders before flicking the ball on her reverse over the onrushing keeper and into the far corner; a fantastic finish.

Formby scored a late consolation from a penalty corner but it was Lancaster who held on for all 3 points.

This win sees Lancaster go up to 2nd in the league heading into the Christmas break.

Team: A Symons, H Andrew, K Benter, T Fagan, E Park, N Swarbrick, C Ranson, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, B Airey, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Annie Park

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

Saturday 10th December 2016

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Lancaster 1s 10-0 South Lakes 1s

Lancaster were in rampant mood as they secured their biggest win of the season over struggling a South Lakes.

Looking to improve on their performance last week Lancaster came flying out of the blocks and put South Lakes under immediate pressure. It wasn't long before Lancaster broke the deadlock; after 10 minutes Becca Airey found Ali Standeven in the middle of the pitch and after a driving run she unleashed a fierce shot from the top of the D which flew past the keeper.

Lancaster kept the pressure on with Hayley Johns driving into the D where she threaded the ball through to Annie Park who calmly slotted the ball home.

Lancaster won a flurry of penalty corners from which Standeven scored the 3rd for Lancaster with the help of a slight deflection. Only 2 minutes later Standeven bagged her hattrick slotting home another corner on the rebound.

4-0 up and Lancaster weren't slowing down. Hannahlise Morris and Toni Fagan were driving the team forward at every opportunity and after a slick passing move the ball fell to Eve Park who fired it into the bottom corner. Nina Swarbrick was finding all sorts of room through the middle dictating play and after a fast flowing move Chloe Ranson found herself with space on the right picking out Julie Walker who made it 6.

Into the second half and there was no let up for South Lakes. Lancaster continued to fly forward and won numerous penalty corners. Ranson found Johns at the near post and she slotted home for Lancaster's 7th. Another penalty corner and another goal, this time it was Katie Benter who found the net for her 1st of the season.

Heather Andrew and Angie Evans-Hill kept it tight at the back and mopped up any loose balls and Leighan Bleasdale remained alert in goal despite being a virtual spectator.

Into the last 5 minutes and Ranson saw her fantastic reverse shot cleared off the line but Standeven was there to smash home the rebound. Then in the last minute Standeven made it 10 after another corner.

It was a fantastic team display and one to be proud of. Everyone worked so hard and stuck to the game plan and all the training and preparation paid off today.

One more game before the Christmas break and Lancaster will be hoping for more of the same against Formby.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, N Swarbrick, A Evans-Hill, E Park, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, A Park, C Ranson, R Airey and A Standeven (C) 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall 

 

Caley Trophy

Lancaster 2s 4-1 Lytham St Anne's 2s

Lancaster 2s faced Lytham 2s in the Lancashire Central Caley Trophy first round tie.

Lancaster dominated possession from the first whistle, and were nearly awarded with an early goal in the first 5 minutes with Jess Burrows striking inches wide from a promising attacking play. Eve Dodd also came close early on and was a constant threat through her pace and positive attacking play.

The deadlock was broken towards the end of the first half by Jess Burrows; a thoroughly deserved goal after a period of intense pressure and nice build-up play from Lancaster. The second goal came soon after from Beth Fletcher, who converted a loose ball in the opponents D to make it 2-0. Some great saves from debutant keeper Sarah Hart ensured that Lancaster made it to half time with a clean sheet.

The second half was much the same as the first with Lancaster dominating play and showing some great short passing play. Lytham however fought back well and after a string of short corners, converted to make it 2-1.

Any nerves from Lancaster were quickly put to bed when Jo Higgs made it 3-1 just minutes after Lytham’s short corner goal. Lauren Case finished the job with a clinical finish in the dying minutes of the game. Lancaster were only denied a 5-1 win by a fantastic save from the Lytham keeper in the final moments of the game.

Lancaster 2s now face Fylde 3s in the Quarter finals early next year.

Team: N Clark, H Gates, J Burrows, B Andrews, J Higgs, E Bookless, B Fletcher, E Dodd, E Verden, A Farebrother, S Hart , K Lindsay, L Case and A Briggs

Player of Match: Ella Bookless

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lishman Cup

Lancaster 3s 3-0 Morecambe 3s

Goal Scorers: Katie Oliver, Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite and Katie Adamson-Benz

Player of the Match: Lily Maher and Katie Oliver

Saturday 3rd December 2016

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University of Liverpool Women’s 1s 4-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster slipped to their 3rd defeat of the season away to Liverpool University.

Lancaster didn't seem to get going in the 1st half; they were second to every 50/50 ball and just looked off the pace of the game. Lancaster were struggling to find connections going forward and found themselves 1-0 down after only 10 minutes. Lancaster continued to struggle with Liverpool’s pressure; they were getting caught in possession and turned the ball over too often. Liverpool soon got a 2nd and then a 3rd leaving Lancaster with it all to do in the 2nd half.

After a stern half time discussion Lancaster went into the 2nd half a different side. They started winning the midfield battles with Chloe Ranson and Hayley Johns tackling hard. Hannahlise Morris went driving forwards and won a penalty corner which Ali Standeven scored after a neat one two with Julie Walker. This goal lifted Lancaster and they continued to work hard and look for more goals.

Joint players of the match Heather Andrew and Angie Evans-Hill stood strong at the back putting their bodies on the line. 

With Lancaster looking for more goals Liverpool scored a 4th on the break to seal the win.

A difficult day at the office for Lancaster who were undone by an uncharacteristically sloppy 1st half. There are two more games before the Christmas break in which Lancaster will be looking to get 6 points.

Team: L Bleasdale, A Evans-Hill, H Andrew, A Briggs, T Fagan, C Ranson, A Park, H Johns, H Morris, J Evans-Hill, J Walker, R Airey and A Standeven (C) 

Players of the Match: Heather Andrew and Angie Evans-Hill 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall 

 

Morecambe 1s 3-1 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster had a strong start, pushing forward and applying pressure from the first whistle. With some lovely one-two play, Lancaster managed to drive forward and drive the ball into their attacking D. A lovely strike from outside of the D, into Beth Fletcher to the side of the goal enabled Lancaster to apply more pressure and Beth managed to reverse strike and put the away team 1-0 up.

Morecambe came back fighting, hard and aggressive with the will to pull it back. This mind set allowed them to push forward into their own attacking half and although it was a lucky goal, they managed to equalised with a reverse strike dipping in behind the defences heads. Morecambe continued to push in the first half and managed to put themselves ahead to 2-1.

Lancaster continued to work hard in the second half, playing around the back and nice simple hockey however Morecambe pressured with a full press and overloaded the Lancaster defence. Morecambe managed to score another goal taking the final score to the 3-1. 

Player of the Match: Helen Gates

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Morecambe 3s 1-1 Lancaster 4s

Goal Scorer: Bea Burak

Player of the Match: Hannah Vaughan-Jones

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

Sunday 20th November 2016

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England Hockey Women's Trophy 

Sale Ladies 1s 3-3 Lancaster 1s 

Lancaster won 4-3 on penalties

Coach Chris Simcock asked the team to start aggressively to put Sale on the back foot and Lancaster did just that winning a number of penalty corners in the first 5 minutes but they just couldn't convert them.

Sale responded and put Lancaster's defence under pressure and soon converted two well worked goals.

Credit to Lancaster as they didn't roll over when they were 2-0 down. They fought back and immediately pulled a goal back when Ali Standeven played a neat one-two with Julie Walker and slotted the ball home. Now Lancaster had the wind in their sails and piled forward with "Player of the Match" Chloe Ranson setting the forwards on their way. She found Nat Clark who in turn played a great ball into Walker and when her shot was saved, Standeven smashed the ball home on the rebound.

All square at half time and Lancaster knew they had to move the ball early past Sale's static defence which Hayley Johns did time and again playing in Toni Fagan down the right who caused Sale problems all game.

    

But it was Sale who scored from a penalty corner against the run of play. So Lancaster were up against it once again and debutants Amelia Farebrother and Zoe Oswald worked their socks off down the left hand side to win back possession.

Lancaster found their equaliser when Standeven found Johns on the right who quickly found Walker in the D who pushed it past the onrushing keeper.

Lancaster defended well all game with Katie Benter, Heather Andrew and Beth Hay keeping strong in the tackle.

So all square after 70 minutes and penalties loomed. Lancaster kept their nerve and won 4-3 on penalties with goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale making 3 great saves and Ranson x2, Johns and Benter converting to give Lancaster the win!

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, Z Oswald, C Ranson, N Clark, H Johns, A Standeven (C), J Walker, A Farebrother and B Hay

Player of the Match: Chloe Ranson

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster Development 2-1 Kirkby Lonsdale Development                               

Goal Scorers: Bea Burak x2

 

Lancaster U15s 2-1 Morecambe U15s

Goal Scorers: Ailsa McKirdy and Lauren Allwood

 

Lancaster U15s 8-0 Longridge U15s

Goal Scorers: Ella Bookless x5 and Lauren Allwood x3

Saturday 19th November 2016

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Preston Ladies 1s 2-4 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster kept up the pressure at the top of the table with a convincing win away at Preston.

Becca Airey opened the scoring after only 5 minutes with a smart reverse stick flick over the onrushing keeper.

Lancaster soon made it 2-0 when "Player of the Match" Chloe Ranson received the ball at the top of the D and fired it into the roof of the net giving the keeper no chance. Lancaster kept pushing forward looking for more with Ranson and Hayley Johns combining well through the middle.

After a fantastic 1st half performance Lancaster took their foot of the pedal slightly and in the 2nd half Preston won a penalty corner which they converted.

Lancaster fired back into action and made it three when Ali Standeven took the ball round the keeper and finished into the far corner. Credit to Preston they dug deep and converted another corner to keep them in the game. But Lancaster kept piling forward at every opportunity and when Preston's keeper was sin binned Lancaster made the advantage count. The ball was played into the D and Jen Evans-Hill converted at the far post.

Lancaster could have had more in the 2nd half as they missed a flick and an open goal. But a great team performance won them a vital 3 points to keep them in sight with the top of the league.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, A Briggs, C Ranson, A Evans-Hill, H Johns, E Park, J Walker, J Evans-Hill, R Airey and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Chloe Ranson

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 1-3 Lancaster University 1s

Lancaster 2s had their second derby game in two weekends, taking on top of the league Lancaster University. The game was played at a high intensity with Lancaster putting early pressure on the University defence through quick passing hockey and playing a high pressing game.

Emily Verden and Amelia Farebrother pushed hard down the right wing sending searching passes in to the D. In the centre Jo Higgs, Annie Park and Katy Lindsay used their close control skill to move the ball through the University midfield.

Playing a high press provided the Uni with fast break opportunities putting the defence of Beth Hay, Zoe Oswald and goalkeeper Abi Symons to the test. The deadlock was broken by the University with a quick break and early strike from the top of the D. Lancaster fought back hard with switches to the left through Helen Gates and Beth Fletcher, and continuing to press high. Lancaster efforts were rewarded when Emily Verden picked up a cross the right wing and placed it round the goalkeeper.

Into the second half Sam Taylor brought a boost of energy to the left side linking up with Beth Fletcher. However tiredness crept in to the Lancaster legs and the University side used their subs advantage to pile pressure on Lancaster. Symons, Oswald and Andrews were immense against relentless attacks from the opposition. After a goal line battle the University were awarded and scored a penalty flick. They followed this up with a penalty corner strike to the left corner to take the final score to 3-1.

Team: A Symons, Z Oswald, B Hay, H Gates, A Farebrother, J Higgs, S Taylor, E Verden, B Fletcher, E Dodd, A Park and K Lindsay

Player of the Match: Beth Hay

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: Scribe Northern 

 

Fylde Ladies 4s 3-5 Lancaster 3s

Goal Scorers: Beth Davey, Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite, Louise Didsbury, Katie Adamson-Benz and Ellie Harris

Player of the Match: Louise Didsbury

 

Southport Ladies 2 0-5 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster received a 5-0 walkover.

Saturday 12th November 2016

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Lancaster 1s 0-5 Pendle Forest 1s

Lancaster's unbeaten home record came to an end this weekend as they were beaten 5-0 by top of the table Pendle Forest.

Lancaster dominated possession in the first 10 minutes, attacking Pendle's D but they just couldn't find that decisive finish.

Then a quick turnover by Pendle led to their opening goal totally against the run of play. Lancaster were rocked by this and tried to settle back into the game but Pendle kept pushing forward. They won numerous corners of which they scored 3 in quick succession, comfortably taking them into the break 4-0 up.

Lancaster regrouped and pushed forward as a team and their spirit and intensity in the 2nd half couldn't be faulted. They fought for every ball, pressed hard and worked their socks off to try and find a goal.

Lancaster played some fantastic hockey and their never say die attitude was firmly on display. But they couldn't find a goal despite all their best efforts. In the dying stages they were unlucky to concede a penalty stroke.

The final score line of 5-0 was flattering to Pendle as over the majority of the game Lancaster had the better play and more possession but they just didn't take their chances and little mistakes proved costly.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, T Fagan, H Johns, N Swarbrick, A Evans-Hill, E Park, C Ranson, A Briggs, B Airey, J Walker and A Standeven (C)

Players of the Match: Anya Briggs and Angie Evans-Hill 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 0-1 Lancaster Nomads 1s

It was a chilly November afternoon that welcomed Lancaster Ladies and their opponents for the day, Lancaster Nomads. Lancaster began well, weaving together neat passing moves early on, but struggled to break into the final third. Higgs and Burrows kept the ball moving in the centre, giving great passes wide. Defensively Gates, Oswald and Clark kept the Nomads from scoring. It was an unfortunate reverse stick shot from the Nomads that secured their lead late in the first half. Dodd and Hilton made some great leads, giving the Nomads goalkeeper plenty to do!

The two teams played well with great leads and lots of goal scoring opportunities. Lancaster Ladies fought well to defend and prevent the Nomads scoring again. It was another strong performance from Lancaster Ladies, showing their improvement and strength as a team.

Team: H Gates (C), J Higgs, L Case, A Symons, C Hilton,  Z Oswald, J Burrows, B Andrews, N Clark,  A Bush, E Dodd, A Park and  E Verden

Player of the Match: Nat Clark

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Lancaster 3s 5-0 Blackpool 2s

Lancaster received a 5-0 walkover.

 

Longridge Ladies 3s 2-0 Lancaster 4s

Player of the Match: Olivia Taylor

Saturday 5th November 2016

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South Lakes Ladies 1s 1-2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to struggling South Lakes and came across a determined team who nearly caused Lancaster an upset.

Lancaster started brightly and carved out a number of chances in the first 10 minutes but two superb goal line clearances from South Lakes denied them the opening goal. It seemed like it was to be a frustrating afternoon for the visitors who started to become sloppy in possession and needed to keep their composure.

The deadlock was finally broken just before half time when "Player of the Match" Jen Evans-Hill burst down the right and fired the ball across the D where Becca Airey hammered it home at the back post.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster hadn't learnt their lesson as they seemed slightly off the pace and kept turning the ball over to South Lakes who made them pay. They won a penalty corner which they neatly dispatched to bring them level.

This seemed to be the catalyst that fired Lancaster into motion and the half-backs of Toni Fagan, Anya Briggs and Angie Evans-Hill began surging forward which South Lakes struggled with.

With not long to go Lancaster found the winning goal. Ali Standeven drove down the right and got past the last defender before squaring it to Julie Walker who swept it home first time. Lancaster knew they couldn't afford to draw and kept it tight until the final whistle.

A well fought 3 points which keeps Lancaster in 2nd and next up is a top of the table clash at home against Pendle.

Team: L Bleasdale, C Ranson, H Andrew, T Fagan, A Briggs, N Swarbrick, E Park, A Evans-Hill, H Johns, H Morris, A Standeven (C), J Evans-Hill, J Walker and R Airey

Player of the Match: Jen Evans-Hill

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 3-3 Pendle Forest 2s

After Lancaster saw their first win of the season in their last game they were eager to build on this and secure another 3 points. Pendle who are currently one above the home side in the league were equally ready to keep their place above Lancaster.

From the off Lancaster hit hard and put pressure on Pendle with some quick passing up the pitch opening up a number of goal scoring opportunities for the forwards. With Annie Park driving the ball down the wing it was only a matter of time before midfielders Jess Burrows and Jo Higgs managed to get the ball into the D for Chloe Hilton to sneak the ball under the keeper for the first goal.

Pendle came back fighting after this however with some amazing blocks from the defence Helen Gates and Zoe Oswald, Pendle could not break through.

However Pendle continued to push the defence and managed to squeeze in an equalizer just before half time.

After half time Pendle continued to push to go above the home side and quickly scored another goal. After this the Lancaster side hassled the away team and put in some brilliant linked pieces across the pitch between Nat Clark and Amelia Farebrother. Lancaster's second goal came from Katie Benter finding Chloe Hilton up the righthand side, where Chloe drove the ball into the D taking a shot and was rewarded with an excellent goal.

Lancaster’s Goalkeeper Abi Symons made some top class saves throughout with high shots, rebounds and hard hits not getting past her. Pendle Forest were persistent and won a short corner and managed to slip in a goal from this making the score 2-2.

Both teams still fighting to seal the 3 points; Lancaster’s Eve Dodd and Alex Bush pushed forward with help from right half Beth Andrews. The Lancaster side were then awarded a penalty corner and with a beautiful set piece to Eve Dodd saw her slot the ball into the back of the net.

Pendle put the pressure on quickly and within minutes saw the game drawing once again. Both teams worked effortlessly to the end and was a well fought game from both sides with some brilliant skill and determination throughout.

Team: H Gates (C), A Symons (GK), Z Oswald, K Benter, B Andrews, A Farebrother, J Burrows, J Higgs, N Clark, A Park, A Bush, E Dodd and C Hilton

Player of the Match: Abi Symons 

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: Scribe Northern

 

Brookfields 3-0 Lancaster 3s

Player of the Match: Gael Atherton

Saturday 29th October 2016

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Garstang 1s 1-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Garstang in this top of the table clash and came away with a well fought point.

Lancaster started quickly with a high press putting pressure on Garstang's defence. Ali Standeven made a burst into the D and won a penalty corner which Garstang couldn't deal with fully. From the resulting free hit Nina Swarbrick found Hayley Johns who neatly turned her defender and fired the ball into the corner leaving the keeper stranded.

Credit to Garstang they came straight back at Lancaster and immediately broke into their half but Heather Andrew and Chloe Ranson were solid in Lancaster's defence. After one break Garstang fired a quick shot in and found the equaliser.

Into the second half and the game was all about the midfield battle. Strong tackles were going in and cards were shown but neither team could find the break they were looking for.

Going into the final quarter and Leighan Bleasdale made 2 superb saves to keep Garstang out with players of the match Ranson and Hayley Johns mopping up the loose balls.

Hannahlise Morris and Becca Airey made great bursts down the left looking for the strikers but just couldn't find the last connection.

At the final whistle Lancaster were accepting of a point knowing they had worked hard and played a great game against a strong, well drilled team.

Team: L Bleasdale, C Ranson, H Andrew, T Fagan, A Briggs, N Swarbrick, E Park, A Evans-Hill, H Johns, H Morris, J Walker, B Airey, J Evans-Hill and A Standeven (C)

Players of the Match: Hayley Johns and Chloe Ranson

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

Saturday 22nd October 2016

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Lancaster 1s 5–0 Liverpool Sefton 2s

Lancaster were in confident mood against Sefton and kept their home win run intact with a 5 star display.

From the off Lancaster were confident in possession and played the ball around the pitch swiftly which left Sefton chasing the ball. "Player of the Match" Hayley Johns was fantastic in the heart of midfield and time after time set up Lancaster on the attack. She dispossessed Sefton and found Nina Swarbrick who threaded a pinpoint ball through to Ali Standeven who pushed it past the keeper on the second attempt. 

Lancaster pushed forward looking for more and they won a penalty corner which Standeven dispatched with a drag flick.

At half time coach Chris Simcock reminded his players not to get complacent and they did not disappoint in the 2nd half.

Lancaster's intensity didn't drop and the half backs of Anya Briggs, Toni Fagan, Eve Park and Angie Evans-Hill caused Sefton problems all afternoon. 

Hannahlise Morris made several bursts through the middle and after one lung busting run she found Standeven, who in turn found Jen Evans-Hill who smashed the ball past the onrushing keeper. The defence of Katie Benter and Chloe Ranson didn't miss a tackle all afternoon and Leighan Bleasdale remained alert and in control in goal.

Julie Walker grabbed the 4th with a fantastic solo effort. After robbing Sefton of the ball she skipped past two defenders before wrong footing the keeper.

Rebecca Airey worked tirelessly upfront creating space and pressing Sefton's back line. She nipped in front of the Sefton player and found Walker in the D who grabbed her 2nd and Lancaster's 5th.

Sefton missed the chance to grab a consolation from the penalty spot in the dying moments.

So Lancaster make it 3 wins out of 3 and travel to Garstang next week in a top of the table clash.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), K Benter, C Ranson, A Briggs, T Fagan, E Park, A Evans-Hill, N Swarbrick, H Morris, H Johns, J Walker, J Evans-Hill, R Airey AND  A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Hayley Johns

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 4–1 Clitheroe and Blackburn Northern Ladies 2s

It was a glorious afternoon at Lancaster University, where Lancaster second team took on Clitheroe and Blackburn Northern Ladies second team. The game began full of energy and passion, both teams had some strong players who showed great determination and team spirit.

Despite the determination from the opposition, both Helen Gates and Zoe Oswald made some superb tackles, gaining repossession and blocking them from getting close to the goal, with Oswald even taking an almighty hit to the stomach. Beth Andrews made some striking runs from defence up the line, allowing the rest of the team to move up the pitch, with some incredible attempts on goal from Jess Burrows and Nat Clark.

Blocking the opposition out of play, both Jo Higgs and Lauren Case were staying low to make some fantastic tackles and took the opportunity to drive into the D, resulting in Higgs scoring a cracking first goal.

With the opposition working hard, Abi Symons was forced to make some unbelievable saves, allowing Faye Ledward to play the ball back up the pitch. With Lancaster making some quick passes in and around the D, a challenging and scrappy second goal was scored by Chloe Hilton, making it 2-0 at half time.

Kate Ayrton continued to hassle Clitheroe and Blackburn throughout the second half, making some great runs and passes to the rest of the team. This allowed Katy Lindsay and Emily Verden to use their speed and drive into the space, creating plenty of shots on target and opportunities for some penalty corners. Lancaster took a straight strike from a penalty corner, with a great save from Clitheroe and Blackburn’s goalkeeper, where Katy picked up the rebound and smashed the ball into the back of the goal.

With Lancaster making some speedy passes around the pitch, demonstrating great teamwork. The ball was sent out wide to Amelia Farebrother  who used her pace to drive forwards, with a great sweep from the edge of the D Amelia scored the final goal with minutes to spare.

Lancaster were delighted with the final score of 4-1, they showed great willpower and strength throughout the entire game displaying an impressive team performance.

Team: H Gates (C), J Higgs, A Farebrother, K Ayrton, K Lindsay, E Verden, L Case, A Symons (GK), C Hilton, Z Oswald, J Burrows, B Andrews, N Clark and F Ledward

Player of the Match: Jo Higgs

 

Leyland & Chorley Ladies 2s 2–0 Lancaster 3s

Player of the Match: Ella Bookless

 

Lancaster 4s 1–0 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 4s

Goal Scorer: Gabby Batty

Player of the Match: Gabby Batty

Sponsor: Glowrooms

Sunday 16th October 2016

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Fylde U15 5-0 Lancaster U15

Garstang U15 7-2 Lancaster U15

Goal Scorer: Ella Bookless x2

 

Huddersfield Dragons U18 1-1 Lancaster U18

(Lancaster U18 win 3-2 on Penalty Flicks)

Lancaster U18 Team travelled to Huddersfield Dragons U18 to embark on this season's England Hockey U18 Cup. Huddersfield started the stronger team as it took Lancaster a while to settle into the game. The Lancaster defence of Eve Park, Zoe Oswald, Lily Armer and Lily Maher soaked up the pressure well and kept the home team at bay. Toni Fagan provided much needed cover in the centre and made Huddersfield work to break into the D.

It was 0-0 going into the second half and again Huddersfield started the brightest. Lancaster defended a number of short corners and quick breaks but eventually succumbed to conceding a goal.

Lancaster never gave up and a formation change allowed the team to press Huddersfield high up the pitch. Excellent skills from Ellie Harris won Lancaster a free hit in their attacking 25. The ball was worked into the D where Anya Briggs was there to calmly slot home, equalising in the last 5 minutes.

Lancaster settled for the draw defending strongly in the final minutes to take the game to penalty flicks.

Toni Fagan, Anya Briggs and Eve Park all successfully converted their penalty flicks. Lancaster GK Megan Nolan's presence in goal made Huddersfield miss the target once, whilst also making a fine save to take Lancaster through to the next round. Lancaster won 3-2 on penalty flicks.

Team: R Airey (C), L Armer, A Briggs, J Brindle, T Fagan, B Fletcher, E Harris, L Maher, M Nolan (GK), Z Oswald, E Park and E Verden

Player of the Match: Toni Fagan

Coach: Leighan Bleasdale

 

Didsbury Northern Vets 3-6 Lancaster Vets 

Lancaster Vets travelled to Didsbury Northern on Sunday to take part in the first round of the England Hockey over 35's Trophy, and came away with a well deserved 6-3 win.

Lancaster were quick out of the blocks taking a 2 goal lead in the first 10 minutes through some pin point finishing by Louise Taylor. Karen Foster making her debut for the Vets was unlucky not to score, the keeper making a number of good saves. Didsbury came back into it, scoring 2 quick goals and all was square at the break.

Lancaster came out for the second half like an express train, with the midfield of Janet Graham, Amanda Bamforth, Sharon Routledge, and Diana Taylor turning on the style to create some great scoring opportunity. The forwards didn't disappoint  with Julie Walker and Ali Standeven adding to the score sheet.

Julie Ashworth in goal made some super saves when called upon and was supported by a well drilled defence of Gill Briggs, Jackie Thompson, Jenny Burrow and Katie Benter. Lancaster were soon back on the score sheet with Louise Taylor bagging her Hat-trick and then her 4th. With minutes remaining Didsbury added a consolation 3rd goal. A well deserved away win for Lancaster Vets which sets up an away trip to Morpeth on the 6th November. 

Big thanks go to Leeanne Grayston-Aldren for umpiring and Hayley Johns for the support.

Team: J Ashworth, A Bamforth, K Benter, G Briggs, J Burrow, K Foster, J Graham, S Routledge, A Standeven, D Taylor, L Taylor, J Thompson and J Walker

Saturday 15th October 2016

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Longridge Ladies 1s 1–2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster gained their 1st away win of the season at Longridge.

The home side started the brighter of the two teams winning most 50/50 challenges across the pitch. They then made a quick break winning a penalty corner which they fired home.

But Lancaster clicked into gear after going behind and began using the ball well. Player of the match Anya Briggs made surging runs down the right time and again and picked out Becca Airey in the D who found the back of the net; but she was unlucky to have it chalked off for an earlier infringement.

So Lancaster trailed at half time but came out fired up in the second half hungry for the win. Hannahlise Morris drove at the heart of Longridge's defence and after a smart turn in the D she found the corner of the net bagging her first goal for Lancaster. This spurred Lancaster on and Ali Standeven made space on the right but her cross wasn't dealt with by the defence and Airey pounced on the loose ball smashing it home. After more strong play from Hayley Johns through the middle she found Toni Fagan who had her shot saved by a foot on the line. But unfortunately Lancaster couldn't put away the resulting penalty flick.

Spurred on by this Longridge piled players forwards looking for the equaliser but Leighan Bleasdale made a string of fine saves to deny them. Katie Benter made an heroic save off the line in the latter stages and Lancaster faught to the end to come away with all 3 points.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), K Benter, H Andrew, N Swarbrick, E Park, T Fagan, A Briggs, C Ranson, H Morris, H Johns, A Standeven (C), J Walker and R Airey

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 0–2 Fylde Ladies 2s

From the off, Lancaster played as a strong unit making a break towards the goal but unfortunately we were unable to convert it. As the match continued it was very evenly balanced as there were many attacking plays from both sides with both defensive units applying a lot of pressure to the attack.

Unfortunately Fylde scored 1 goal before half time from one of many short-corners, leaving them ahead going into the second half.

The second half was much like the first in terms of the fast pace of the match and the score line, meaning despite many attacking plays and short corners we were unable to score, leaving us 2-0 down at the final whistle.

Team: J Burrows, J Higgs, B Andrews, E Verden, J Evans-Hill, A Evans-Hill, Z Oswald, K Lindsay, E Dodd, A Symons (GK), H Gates (C) and A Bush

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews

 

Lancaster 3s 1-2 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 3s

Goal Scorer: Katie Adamson-Benz

Player of the Match: Olivia Taylor

 

Leyland & Chorley Ladies 3s 6–0 Lancaster 4s

Both teams started brightly with the early possession split relatively evenly. Good runs from Lancaster midfielders Laura Boothman and Debs Perry put pressure on the Leyland defence, but it was the home side who eventually broke through with a quick through-ball and a timely flick which diverted the ball past advancing Lancaster goalkeeper Becca Halliwell.

Leyland monopolised on their lead shortly after when attacking pressure on the Lancaster defence caused a mistake leading to dispossession of the ball just outside the Lancaster D, and a clear shot on goal. 

Lancaster fought off an onslaught of Leyland attacks, but were able to hold on until the half time whistle. 

The second half was much like the first, with Leyland growing from strength to strength, scoring from open play within minutes of the re-start; before adding a fourth shortly after. 

Lancaster kept on fighting; the solid pairing of Perry and Boothman in the middle setting up determined attacking runs down the wings from Gabby Batty and Jade Brindle, with excellent supporting play from full backs Laraine Sullivan and player of the match, Abby Foster. Centre forward, Karen Foster came close from a short corner, but it slim pickings for her and just not Lancaster's day. 

Leyland added goals 5 and 6 to their tally from penalty corners; the first a mid-air 'bat' off a re-bound save from Halliwell and the second an impressive reverse flick from the top of the D, leaving the plucky keeper and defence helpless. 

A bad day at the office for Lancaster 4s in terms of result, but a hard working team performance full of determination and spirit. 

Team: G Batty, L Boothman, J Brindle, K Foster, A Foster, A Gardner (C), M Green, R Halliwell (GK), S Nottingham (C), D Perry, B Richards, L Sullivan and A Watson

Player of the Match: Abby Foster

Sponsor: Glowrooms

Saturday 8th October 2016

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Lancaster 1s 2–1 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 1s

Lancaster continued with their winning ways at home with a 2-1 win over Clitheroe.

Lancaster started defensively; holding their shape well which left Clitheroe with little options going forward. Katie Benter and Heather Andrew were constructing the play from the back finding outlets through the middle with Hannahlise Morris driving at Clitheroe's defence. However neither side had any real clear cut chances in the first half and the score was 0-0 at the break.

The second half was a feistier affair with both sides attacking, looking for the first goal. It was Clitheroe who broke the deadlock when a cross took a wicked deflection off a Lancaster stick leaving goal keeper Leighan Bleasdale with no chance.

Lancaster did not let their heads go down and with 15 minutes to go won a penalty corner which Ali Standeven fired into the corner. It was game on and both sides went in search of the winner. When Clitheroe were awarded a penalty flick Lancaster's hearts were in their mouths but Clitheroe couldn't find the target. 

This gave Lancaster the impetus and with only 5 minutes to go "Player of the Match" Toni Fagan drove the ball down the right hand side and found Julie Walker in the D who smashed the ball home. Lancaster then played the possession game high up the pitch with Hayley Johns using all her experience frustrating Clitheroe who just couldn't get hold of the ball.

At the final whistle Lancaster were jubilant to grab all 3 points in a difficult but rewarding game.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), K Benter, H Andrew, N Swarbrick, A Briggs, T Fagan, C Ranson, E Park, H Johns, H Morris, R Airey, J Walker and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Toni Fagan

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 1–3 Southport Ladies 1s

Lancaster started well, showing both skillful attacking and defensive work. Despite this, Southport fought hard and scored with a strong shot on goal, gaining themselves an initial 1-0 lead.

Lancaster held their heads high and pushed back with a strong attack, passing the ball around Southport’s defence and leading to an equalising goal from Alex Bush which ended the 1st half 1-1.

Lancaster started the 2nd half determined. Abi Symons made some brilliant saves, and Katy Lindsay made some successful runs down the right wing, however Lancaster were very unlucky to concede 2 more goals.

Lancaster fought back, showing some great hockey in the final 15 minutes, with strong defensive work from Helen Gates. Lancaster gained 3 consecutive short corners, however Southport defended them well and Lancaster were unfortunate not to score, ending the match with a win for Southport.

Team: B Andrews, J Burrows, A Bush, L Case, E Dodd, A Farebrother, B Fletcher, H Gates (C), K Lindsay, Z Oswald, A Symons (GK) and E Verden

Player of the Match: Alex Bush

 

Garstang Ladies 3s 0–0 Lancaster 3s

Player of the Match: Rebecca Halliwell

 

Lancaster 4s 5–0 Garstang Ladies 4s

Lancaster 4s went into their match against Garstang 4s on the back of a fine bout of form, after a successful pre-season campaign and so far unbeaten in the league. 

The 4s started brightly against a newly formed Garstang team, dominating the early possession and creating chances in the opposition D. Garstang fought back into the game, with some experienced passing in the middle of the park releasing a triple-threat attack full of pace. The sturdy Lancaster defence, however, extinguished the danger successfully, playing out from the back into yet another Lancaster attack. 

A breakthrough was achieved after 25 minutes when right winger Abi Olde slotted home at the back post. Lancaster's lead was extended a few moments later when forward Gabby Batty found the back of the net after a well worked move from the left, leaving the home side at an advantage going into the second half. 

The second half was much the same as the first, with Garstang continuing a spirited display on the attack with some well worked moves and lots of pace, however they were unable to break down a solid Lancaster defence.  

Lancaster extended their lead with 2 superbly taken goals from youngster Emma Broadbent, on just her second appearance for the team; and seasoned goalscorer Karen Foster added a 5th from a well worked penalty corner, putting the game beyond Garstang's reach. 

An excellent team performance from back to front from Lancaster 4s saw them finish the afternoon top of the table in Division 3. 

Team: A Gardner (C), S Nottingham (C), R Halliwell (GK), M Anderson, K Foster, A Foster, L Smith, D Taylor, O Taylor, M Green, A Olde, G Batty, E Broadbent and B Richards

Player of the Match: Olivia Taylor

Sponsor: Glowrooms

Sunday 2nd October 2016

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Lancaster U15 2–1 Preston U15

Goal Scorers: Emma Broadbent and Gabby Batty

 

Lancaster U15 6–4 Garstang U15

Goal Scorers: Beth Davey, Emma Broadbent and Ella Bookless x4

Saturday 1st October 2016

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Lytham 1s 2–1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Lytham in confident mood after their home win last week. They started well and pressed Lytham high up the pitch but didn't make their possession count. Lytham then caught Lancaster on the break to take the lead.

Lancaster quickly regrouped and won a penalty corner which Julie Walker coolly converted on the rebound. But Lancaster couldn't take advantage and their play became too slow and they were sloppy in possession. Another break down the pitch and Lytham again took the lead which they held until half time.

A quick reshuffle at the break gave Lancaster a little more structure in midfield and they were camped in Lytham's half but just couldn't find that elusive goal. Credit to Lytham they defended solidly but Lancaster didn't give up and kept pressing until the final whistle. It was a much better performance in the second half and Lancaster probably deserved a point from the game but it wasn't to be.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), K Benter, H Andrew, A Briggs, T Fagan, E Park, A Evans-Hill, N Swarbrick, H Morris, H Johns, C Ranson, A Standeven (C), J Evans-Hill, J Walker and R Airey

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Longridge Ladies 2s 5–0 Lancaster 2s

Player of the Match: Alex Bush

 

Lancaster 3s 5–0 Fulwood Ladies

Fulwood conceded and Lancaster were awarded a walk-over.

 

Lancaster Nomads 2s 2–2 Lancaster 4s

For the second week in succession Lancaster 4s faced local rivals; this week being the Lancaster Nomads 2s. A bright start from Lancaster saw them apply early pressure to the Nomads goal, and they were unlucky not to take an early lead. The pressure eventually told, however, with Karen Foster meeting a cross to score the first goal for Lancaster and put them into a 1-0 lead. 

After conceding the goal Nomads came back stronger from the restart and Lancaster's defence had to stay strong to keep them at bay. Some well-timed tackles from the defence kept Lancaster in the lead. After a couple of well defended penalty corners there was nothing Lancaster could do about the final one of the first half; a fantastic strike seeing the Nomads draw level before the break. 

At the start of the second half Nomads applied some early pressure and Lancaster gave away a penalty stroke, but a great save from Becca Halliwell kept the scores level. The game ebbed and flowed with some great crosses being made into the Nomads D by Bea Burak, Ella Bookless and Emma Broadbent, but unfortunately the Nomads goal could not be breached. At the other end there was great defending by Lily Maher, Abby Foster, Laura Boothman and Laura Smith, but unfortunately some added pressure from Nomads plus a powerful strike gave them a second goal to take them into the lead.

With the final minutes ticking down Lancaster went to three at the back, putting another forward into the attack to try and seek the equaliser. The pressure paid off with Karen Foster scoring her second goal of the game, diverting a strike from Bea Burak, with the final whistle blowing just minutes later. 

Overall, this was a great team performance, with every player making a great contribution to the game. The whole team should be proud of themselves and look forward to the challenge next weekend.

Team: R Halliwell (GK), G Batty, E Bookless, L Boothman, E Broadbent, B Burak, A Foster, K Foster, M Green, L Maher, S Nottingham (C), A Olde, L Smith and  D Taylor

Player of the Match: Karen Foster

Sponsor: Glowrooms

Saturday 24th September 2016

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Lancaster 1s 6-0 -Leyland & Chorley 1s

Lancaster first team, sponsored by Fisher Wrathall, couldn't have asked for a better start to the new season with a 6-0 win over Leyland & Chorley.

Instructions from coach Chris Simcock before the game was to attack from the first whistle and Lancaster didn't disappoint. Katie Benter, on her return to the side, drove the ball to the edge of the D and her great strike took a slight deflection to find its way into the net.

Lancaster soon doubled their lead with a penalty corner strike from Captain Ali Standeven. The ball hardly found its way out of Leyland's half for the first 20 minutes with Lancaster looking for more goals.

A third soon came when Heather Andrew drove the ball down the back line and pulled it back to where Hayley Johns was on hand to smash it home.

Into the 2nd half and understandably Leyland tried to push more players forward as they had to find a goal. But player of the match Benter along with Nina Swarbrick didn't miss a tackle all game. Lancaster drove forward on the counter attack with Hannahlise Morris causing all sorts of problems with her speed on the ball. Standeven scored a further 2 goals from well worked corner routines. 

Leyland began to look tired and dejected but Lancaster didn't give them any rest bite and after another burst forward Jen Evans-Hill neatly finished on her reverse making it 6.

A fantastic start to the season and a great display of team work and fitness gave Lancaster the perfect start.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, H Andrew, N Swarbrick, T Fagan, A Evans-Hill, H Johns, H Morris, A Standeven (C), J Evans-Hill, J Walker and R Airey

Player of the Match: Katie Benter

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sponsor: Fisher Wrathall

 

Lancaster 2s 0-2 Lancaster & Morecambe 1s

Player of the Match: Helen Gates

 

Lancaster 4s 2-0 Lancaster & Morecambe 3s

A bright Autumnal afternoon saw Lancaster Ladies 4s open their season at home to local rivals, Lancaster & Morecambe Ladies 3s, in the Lancaster Central Women’s League Division 3.

Lancaster 4s started brightly, dominating the first 20 minutes of the game and creating numerous chances in front of goal; Karen Foster coming close on a couple of occasions but being denied by either the goalposts or Morecambe goalkeeper.

A breakthrough for the 4s was finally achieved after a goalmouth scramble resulted in a sweeping chip from the top of the D by once defender, now attacking midfielder, Laura Boothman. 1–0 Lancaster.

Morecambe reacted positively to going a goal behind and ended the half the stronger team, with some good runs down the wings. However, sturdy performances from full backs Abby Foster and Lily Maher, and new goal keeper Rebecca Halliwell, saw the home team retain their lead until the half time whistle.

Morecambe again started the better team in the second half, narrowly missing out on an equaliser from a well worked penalty corner, but for a fantastic low dive from Halliwell to push the ball around the post.

Lancaster began to find the momentum from the first half and relentless runs from both Katie Oliver and Ella Bookless down the wings saw Morecambe stretched at the back trying to deal with an onslaught of crosses into the D.

Lancaster were eventually rewarded for their persistence 15 minutes from the end with another well worked sweeping chip from the top of the D, this time from the left hand side and midfielder Ella Bookless. 2-0 Lancaster.

Morecambe fought to the end but it was too late to make an impact on the final result. A bright start for Lancaster 4s which bodes well for the rest of the season.

Team: R Halliwell (GK), A Gardner (C),  S Nottingham, L Sullivan, L Maher, A Foster, K Oliver, E Bookless, L Smith, L Boothman, K Foster, M Green and D Taylor

Player of the Match:  Rebecca Halliwell

Sponsor: Glowrooms

September 2016 Pre-Season and HockeyFest

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Last weekend Lancaster Hockey Club held their annual junior HockeyFest at Lancaster University.

It was a good turn out from some fresh new faces who have decided to take up the sport after TeamGB women’s hockey took home gold in Rio.

Those that had never played before took to hockey brilliantly and are well on their way to becoming stars of the future.

Lancaster Hockey Club has created a Gators and Junior Development Award this season to help players progress through hockey in a fun way but also giving them every opportunity to reach their full potential.

It is not just the juniors that have been inspired but adults too! Lancaster Hockey Club ran Back to Hockey sessions over the summer months. Many of them not just training but playing in the Preston summer league, in which Lancaster were victorious winning 9 games and only losing 1.

Due to its success and more people wanting to start playing again, Lancaster have decided to create a new Back to Hockey membership that offers training each and every week from now until March. The Club could field its very own Back to Hockey team should it want to as they have welcomed nearly 20 new Back to Hockey members in less than a month. Training is Tuesday 18:30-20:00 at Lancaster University if anyone else wants to come along.

Lancaster Hockey Club has a real buzz about it at the moment; the success in Rio hasn’t just inspired new junior and adult players but has also helped the Club’s senior teams refocus.

The 1st Team have had a success pre-season campaign beating Northern 4-0, Southport 8-0 and local rivals Lancaster and Morecambe 3-0.

The 2nd Team have beaten Fylde 2-0, drawn 1-1 with Lancaster Nomads but lost 4-2 to Garstang. Fair results with the team rotation and everyone being given an opportunity to play.

The 4th Team have slowly built up their performances with 0-0 draws against Fylde and Lancaster Nomads. However they romped to victory with a 4-0 win over Garstang, all goals from the junior and Back to Hockey players.

Even the Vets Team are in preparation for their up and coming England Hockey cup competition match in October.

Lancaster Hockey Club truly does provide hockey for all ages, all abilities and at all standards.

#TeamLancaster #StickTogether

Sunday 13th March 2016

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Longridge Ladies 3s 2-0 Lancaster 4s

A busy weekend for Lancaster's 4th team saw them take on Clitheroe and Longridge in a quest to finish as high in the league as possible! Resilience is the word of the moment and Lancaster displayed buckets of this across their two games. 

Saturday's fixture saw them take on Clitheroe in a fixture that has always been hard fought and very close. The game was very evenly matched with both teams creating chances and defending very well. Despite only having 11 players Lancaster did themselves very proud and were unlucky to concede a deflected goal shortly before half time. 

The second half saw clitheroe apply the pressure and Lancaster respond well, very resolute defending across the team saw Lancaster keep their goal clear and deny Cliterhoe any more glory. A nasty injury saw the game finish early. Lancaster left feeling frustrated at another great performance not reflected by the points distribution. Clitheroe 1 - Lancaster 0 

Sunday's game saw a change in weather to beautiful spring sunshine. Lancaster playing their second team in a weekend were a little slow out of the gates and initially struggled to get a hold of the game. Longridge forced Lancaster to play a very deep defensive game and limiting Lancaster's ability to break out of their own half. 

Lancaster were relived to take 0.0 into half time and reflected on what they needed to do to regain some control. Lancaster started the second half a lot brighter, building play from the back and making some probing runs into Longridges half. 

Solid defending from Lancaster frustrated Longridge, however two good goals from well worked short corners gave Longridge the points and left Lancaster ruing their missed chances. 

Whilst it's easy to feel frustrated at the weekends results it's important to reflect on two fantastic performances and superb commitment from the players. 

Saturday 12th March 2016

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Wakefield Ladies 2s 2-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Wakefield looking for a point to ensure their position in North Div 1, but it was Wakefield who grabbed all 3 points in a thrilling game.

Lancaster nearly found the breakthrough in the first 2 minutes when Ali Standeven found Julie Walker in the D but her shot went agonisingly wide of the post. Lancaster continued to press with Nat Clarke out wide causing problems for Wakefield as their defence looked nervous. With Hayley Johns and Annie Park joining the attack at every opportunity Lancaster looked dangerous, but just couldn't find the decisive finish.

The young defensive pairing of Mollie Harrison and "Player of the Match" Laura Hayton were outstanding in their last game for Lancaster before University beckons. They were solid in the tackle and their distribution was fantastic. With Leighan Bleasdale behind them in goal they were a force to be reckoned with. But unfortunately Wakefield found the back of the net from a penalty corner taking them into the lead at the break.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster's midfield of Chloe Ranson, Anya Briggs, Toni Fagan and Eve Park did not stop running and pressed Wakefield all the way giving them little space to create openings. But a cross cum shot found its way into the far corner doubling Wakefield's lead. As ever this season Lancaster did not give up and threw everything forward in search of a goal. 

They were rewarded when after a well worked penalty corner routine Hayton found the back of the net.

Wakefield now looked rattled and it was Lancaster who looked likely to score. With only 2 minutes to play Lancaster won another penalty corner but Hayton saw her shot saved off the line.

At the final whistle Lancaster were deflated but they need to hold their heads high and be proud of how they played. All season they gave everything each week and their drive and determination has been second to none. 

Coach Chris Simcock and Captain Ali Standeven could not be prouder of this young squad and how they have approached each game with such maturity and their attitude has been outstanding.

Team: L Bleasdale, M Harrison, L Hayton, C Ranson, A Briggs, H Johns, E Park, T Fagan, A Park, A Standeven (C), J Walker and N Clark

Coach: Chris Simcock

 

Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 2s 5-2 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster 2 travelled to Blackburn and Clitheroe for their final game of the season. It was a tough ask with only 11 players and the majority of them playing out of position. The team worked very hard against a strong opposition. Jess and Elle drove the right wing getting plenty of passes in.

New centre forward Jayne took up some great positions and was unlucky not to get a hattrick. On the left Eve, Alex and Helen worked tirelessly jumping back to interrupt the attacking opposition. Faye and Mille distributed the ball from the centre and closed down Clitheroe's skilful mids. At the back Heather put in her usual high standard of tackles and Abi made fantastic athletic saves, often one on one. It was Amy who shone in the defence, picking up the man of the match for her efforts.

Lancaster scored 2 but could not keep an impressive Clitheroe and Blackburn forward line out, who scored 5.

Team: A Symons (GK), H Andrew, A Nicholls, H Gates (C), F Ledward, J Burrows, A Bush, C Whitty, E Dorrington, J Roper and E Dodd

 

Lancaster 3s 1-0 Lancaster & Morecambe Ladies 2s

 

Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 4s 1-0 Lancaster 4s

Saturday 5th March 2016

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Harrogate 1s 1-0 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Harrogate in the penultimate game of the season searching for 3 points to hopefully ensure their survival in North Division 1.

Lancaster began at a fast pace and attacked with gusto down both flanks earning a number of penalty corners. Hayley Johns saw her close range effort saved by the Harrogate goalkeeper and Anya Briggs also saw her rebound saved.

Lancaster defended expertly and Harrogate did not manage one shot on target in the 1st half. It was Lancaster who kept surging forward and Harrogate have their keeper to thank for the score being level at half time.

Into the second half and Lancaster continued to press and won more penalty corners. Ali Standeven saw her shot saved and then she pulled the rebound shot wide of the post. Unfortunately it was the same story for Lancaster; playing fantastic build up hockey but then falling short in the D. Lancaster were made to rue their missed chances as Harrogate began to turn the screw and create their own chances. Lancaster's defence stood firm and kept them out. However, with only 2 minutes on the clock Harrogate won a penalty corner. Their first shot was blocked, but the ball fell kindly to Harrogate and their shot somehow squirmed over the line.

At the final whistle Lancaster were deflated. But they have to pick themselves up and travel to Wakefield next week where 3 points will mean league survival.

Team: L Bleasdale, L Hayton, C Ranson, A Briggs, H Johns, E Park, H Morris, R Airey, T Fagan, A Park, A Standeven (C) and J Walker

Players of the Match: Hannahlise Morris and Chloe Ranson

Coach: Chris Simcock

 

Lancaster 2s 1-5 Pendle Forest 2s

 

Lancaster 3s 1-3 Garstang 2s

Sunday 28th February 2016

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Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 2s 3-0 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster 1st Team travelled to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth on Sunday, a fixture that has been called off a number of times due to the bad weather.

Lancaster only had 11 players due to it being a Sunday fixture and other games going ahead. Despite the lack of substitutes, Lancaster looked the better team, keeping possession well and pushing for an early goal.

Lancaster suffered an early set back when Julie Walker left the pitch injured and Whitley Bay capitalised scoring off a short corner when the away team was trying to regroup.

Undeterred Lancaster wanted a goal! Ali Standeven and Rebecca Airey had a couple of chances but the Whitley Bay goalkeeper pulled off some fantastic saves. Debutant Nat Clark constantly ran up and down the pitch attacking and defending as needed. Not a single Lancaster player gave up the fight.

Hayley Johns had the best chance to score, the keeper was beaten and the ball was placed into the corner but a Whitley Bay defender somehow managed to stop the ball on the line.

Whitley Bay scored another two goals in quick succession when the Lancaster team remained high up the pitch pushing for an equaliser.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, C Ranson, H Johns, E Park, R Airey, J Walker, A Park, F Ledward, N Clark and A Standeven (C)

 

Lancaster University 1s 2-4 Lancaster 2s

After a couple of tough games Lancaster 2s were determined to get a win from today's game, Lancaster University came out equally fast after sealing their first win of the season in yesterday's game. Lancaster 2s went into the lead first when Lancaster University gave away a penalty flick, celebrating her birthday in style Eve Dodd scored a birthday flick, skilfully slotting the ball into the back of the net. Lancaster University quickly scored one equalising.

Liz Coleclough scored Lancaster 2s 2nd with an accurate hit from the top of the D. Lancaster 2s defence were working tirelessly with some great blocks throughout. Beth was strong the right driving down the wing to support that attackers and Sam Taylor doing an excellent slide tackle to prevent the University from scoring again. In the second half, Eve Dodd scored another for Lancaster. With Lancaster University hot on Lancaster's case, they won a number of short corners which Lancaster defending well.

In the dying minutes, Jo Higgs scored a final goal slotting it round the keeper to secure the win of 4-2 for the Lancaster side.

Team: H Gates (C), B Andrews, Z Oswald, H Clegg, E Dodd, E Dodd, L Coleclough, A Bush, C Hilton, J Higgs, H Mills (GK) and S Taylor

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews

 

Lancaster Development 0-2 Kirkby Stephen Juniors

Saturday 27th February 2016

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Lancaster 1s 1-0 Ben Rhydding 2s

Saturday was Lancaster 1s last home game of the season and the team were up for the win. Lancaster started the brightest playing excellent hockey all around the pitch. Hayley Johns and Toni Fagan worked well together down the right crossing balls into the D but the Ben Rhydding defence were able to clear away the danger.

Ben Rhydding pressed the home team, but the home players kept possession well under pressure, Mollie Harrison and Laura Hayton switched the ball around the back waiting for an opening. Captain Ali Standeven used her skill to beat the midfield and defensive line a number of times but was unable to get a shot off.

Ben Rhydding had a couple of chances in the first half, where goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale had to come off her line to smother the ball away from danger.

The Lancaster goal came early into the second half where Chloe Ranson slapped the ball towards the target. The ball gained height on the way to the goal hitting the inside post before entering the back of the net.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, C Ranson, A Briggs, H Morris, K Fairhurst, H Johns, E Park, R Airey, T Fagan, J Walker, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Coach: Chris Simcock

 

Leyland and Chorley 2s 3-0 Lancaster 2s

 

Rossall 1s 0-0 Lancaster 3s

On what seemed to be the first Saturday without rain or frost an upbeat Lancaster 3rd team set off to a flying start with the wizardry skills from Leeanne Grayston-Aldren and some great runs from Amy Nicholls.

Lancaster's defence of Sam Taylor, Gill Briggs, Lily Armer and Zoe Oswald supported the debutant goalkeeper Gael Atherton, who despite never playing in a hockey goal before made some fantastic saves including a superbly timed dive pushing the ball away from the inside post and out of play.

Lancaster created some chances but were unable to capitalise by converting the chances. Overall, it was a great team performance, with the Lancaster juniors raising their game and showing how much they have progressed throughout the season.

Team: G Atherton, G Briggs, S Taylor, Z Oswald, L Armer, K Lindsay, L Grayston-Aldren, C Whitty, H Clegg, B Fletcher, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Nicholls, B Myerscough and C Rawes (C)

 

Leyland and Chorley 3s 1-0 Lancaster 4s

Sunday 21st February 2016

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Morpeth Ladies 1s 1-1 Lancaster 1s

 

Ambleside Ladies 2s 1-1 Lancaster Development Team

Saturday 20th February 2016

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Lancaster 1s 0-3 Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Ladies 2s

 

Pendle Forest 2s 3-1 Lancaster 2s

The game started intense from the beginning, with Pendle scoring within a few minutes of the starting whistle. Pendle managed to gain another goal shortly after, however Lancaster did not let their heads go down.

Lancaster were unlucky not to gain a goal from a number of short corners they received however Pendle's defence managed to clear all shots on goal. Toni Fagan fired a brilliant shot from a short corner however this did not hit the back board and was disallowed.

After continued efforts from Lancaster, captain Helen Gates managed to get a brilliant touch from a beautiful pass into the D to bring the score back up to 2-1. Possession and play by the 2s was fantastic and with only 11 players compared to Pendle's 15 the entire team worked tirelessly in an attempt to match the score.

Unfortunately Pendle managed to gain another goal with around 10 minutes to go to bring the score to 3-1 and Lancaster failed to deliver the last drive needed to match the scores so late in the game.   

Saturday 13th February 2016

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Lymm Ladies 1s 0-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster were the victors in this North West clash gaining their first away win of the season.

Lancaster started brightly playing with composure and passing the ball swiftly from side to side.

After only 10 minutes Ali Standeven latched onto a poor back pass and took it round the keeper before cooly slotting home. Lancaster continued to press on Lymm's defence but Lymm defended well to keep them out. 

Lymm turned on the pressure and it was Lancaster's turn to defend and Laura Hayton and Mollie Harrison stood firm to keep Lancaster's lead. When Lymm looked odds on to score Chloe Ranson made a baseball style goal line clearance to take the lead into the break.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster were disciplined in their structure and "player of the match" Leighan Bleasdale was outstanding in goal making a number of fantastic saves. Lymm piled on the pressure and won a number of penalty corners which Lancaster were equal to. Lancaster worked hard and soaked up the pressure and were delighted at the final whistle to get the 3 points and their 1st away win of the season.

Team: L Bleasdale, M Harrison, L Hayton, C Ranson, A Briggs, E Park, K Fairhurst, H Johns, H Morris, K Kane, R Airey, J Walker, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Coach: Chris Simcock

 

Lancaster 2s 4-1 Blackpool 1s

Saturday 6th February 2016

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Lancaster 1s 0-2 University of Leeds 1s

Lancaster were looking for their first win of 2016 but it wasn't to be as they found themselves up against a strong Leeds team.

Leeds caused difficulties for Lancaster's defence from the off with slick movement and passing which led to their opening goal after 9 minutes.

But Lancaster responded well with Anya Briggs and Becca Airey working together well down the right. Airey found Ali Standeven in behind Leeds' defence but her shot was straight at the keeper.

Briggs again burst down the right and fired the ball across where Annie Park found the net. But the umpire judged there to be an infringement and chalked the goal off; much to Lancaster's bemusement.

Into the 2nd half and again Lancaster had the better nces with Standeven and Chloe Ranson both going inches wide. Lancaster continued to press for the equaliser and played some fantastic interchange moves bursting into the D. But a quick break from Leeds saw them doubling their lead.

To their credit Lancaster didn't give up and they continued to push forward but couldn't find the finish they were looking for.

Lancaster travel to Lymm next week looking to get the 3 points their recent performances have deserved.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, C Ranson, A Briggs, H Morris, K Fairhurst, H Johns, E Park, R Airey, K Kane, J Walker, A Park and A Standeven (C) 

Coach: Chris Simcock

Sunday 31st January 2016

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Development Team 5-0 Kirkby Lonsdale Development Team

Saturday 30th January 2016

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Lancaster 1s 0-1 Newcastle University 1s

Lancaster came up against a strong Newcastle Uni side and they went down 1-0 at home.

The away team started brightly and got in behind Lancaster's defence but goal keeper Leighan Bleasdale kept Lancaster in the game. 

Lancaster surged forward on the counter attack on a number of occasions but couldn't find the decisive finish they were looking for.

Lancaster were guilty of squandering possession in the first half and allowing Newcastle through and after a good save from Bleasdale the ball fell kindly to a Newcastle forward who slotted the ball home.

Into the 2nd half and the game was fairly evenly matched with both sides defending well. At the final whistle Lancaster looked dejected. But they have to give themselves credit as they worked hard and gave it their all against a strong side.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, C Ranson, A Briggs, E Park, K Fairhurst, H Johns, H Morris, R Airey, J Walker, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Coach: Chris Simcock

 

Springfield Ladies 3s 0-2 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster dominated the game throughout not even allowing Springs a shot on goal. The score did not reflect the amount of chances Lancaster had. Eve Dodd and Elle Dorrington scored the Lancaster goals.

Team: A Symons (GK), H Andrew, T Fagan, S Taylor, B Fletcher, N Clark, J Higgs, F Ledward, K Lindsay, E Dodd, L Coleclough, E Dorrington and C Whitty

Player of the Match: Elle Dorrington

 

Lancaster Nomads 1s 4-0 Lancaster 3s

Despite a run of defeats since the Christmas break Lancaster 3s turned out on yet another cold and rainy Saturday with confidence for the local derby against the Nomads 1s.

Lancaster 3s switched off for a 10 minute period, allowing the Nomads 1s to score a quick three goals. The Lancaster 3s, undeterred, continued to pressure the Nomads 1s.

Unfortunately it was a another loss by the 3s, but here was further signs of another great performance by some of Lancaster’s up and coming juniors which makes the 65 year old Lancaster Hockey Club look set for a prosperous future.

Team: M Nolan (GK), G Briggs, L Armer, Z Oswald, H Clegg, A Nichols, B Fletcher, E Verden, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, I Christopherson, E Harris, S Winder and L Grayston-Aldren

 

Lancaster Nomads 2s 4-0 Lancaster 4s

Despite passion and persistence Lancaster 4s could not break down a very well-oiled Nomads team. Lancaster started well with lots of possession and runs down the wings to break into the Nomads D, however a combination of resilient Nomads defending and Lancaster not making the most of the chances a goal didn't come! 

Nomads organised play had Lancaster's back line chasing shadows and despite some strong and determined challenges, the experience of Nomads prevailed and Lancaster found themselves 3-0 down at half time.

The second half saw both teams battle for a firmer hold in the game with a derby-esque grit coming to the forefront. Strong tackles, determined marking and heated exchanges could easily overshadow a much better performance from Lancaster in the second half. Midfield stepped up to take a grip of the game and there were many probing passes by Lancaster! 

The game has left Lancaster with hard work to do in their league but taught many valuable lessons. Player of the match was rightly awarded to Ella Bookless who did not stop running.

Saturday 9th January 2016

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Lancaster 2s 2-0 Preston 2s

Lancaster 2nd Team had a great start to 2016 winning 2-0 against Preston 2nds. Lancaster's first goal came from Jo Higgs who neatly slotted in a rebound off the Preston keeper. Both sides pressed with some good team play from Lancaster but the score line remained 1-0 at half time.

In the second half came Lancaster's second goal, a penalty flick being converted by Toni Fagan. Preston had a couple of breaks but could not get past the Lancaster defence. Both teams earned penalty corners but with no goals scored the final result was a 2-0 victory for Lancaster.

Team: A Symons, H Andrew, T Fagan, E Tankard, J Burrows, B Andrews, F Ledward, H Gates, J Higgs, A Bush, L Coleclough and E Dodd

Player of the Match: Liz Coleclough

Saturday 5th December 2015

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Morpeth Ladies 1s P-P Lancaster 1s

 

Southport Ladies 1s P-P Lancaster 2s

 

Blackpool Ladies 2s 2-6 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster travelled to Stanley Park to face bottom-of-the-league Blackpool amidst the full force of Storm Desmond.

Lancaster were keen for the win as points were much-needed to remove them from the relegation zone. Lancaster looked strong and determined from the off; clearing the ball well at the back and making some great passes and running play though the midfield.

Lancaster’s first came from a free hit inside the 25; taken quickly by Emma Wood she dribbled it into the D and fired it passed the ‘keeper from the top of the D.

A further two goals came in quick succession, with the ball passed well through the midfield. Both goals were scored from a deflection from the Blackpool keeper and the goalpost to put Beth Fletcher and Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite on the scoresheet.

Blackpool pulled back from the re-start and made Lancaster really work in defence; they continued to press and managed to bring the score to 3-2 within 10 minutes, panicking the Lancaster side.

The away side rallied again and worked again on their passing play despite the ever-worsening weather dampening everyone’s spirits. Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite managed to place the ball in the back of the net after a series of strikes on target. Lancaster’s fifth was almost a carbon copy of goal one with Nat Clark making a sweet strike at the top of the D and into the net.

Further pressure from Lancaster saw their sixth and final goal come off a Blackpool player from a strong strike from Player of the Match Amy Nicholls.

Team: E Bamber-Dowthwaite, G Briggs, N Clark, H Clegg, B Fletcher, M Nolan (GK), K Lindsay, B Myerscough, Z Oswald, S Taylor, E Wood and A Nicholls.

Player of the Match: Amy Nicholls

 

Longridge Ladies 3s P-P Lancaster 4s

Saturday 28th November 2015

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Lancaster 1s 1-0 Lymm Ladies 1s

Lancaster continued their unbeaten home form in the league this season with a 1-0 win over Lymm.

Lancaster opened the scoring after only 3 minutes when after great pressure from Annie Park on the right, she dis-possessed a Lymm defender and Ali Standeven pounced on the loose ball, firing it across the D where Julie Walker was perfectly positioned to rifle the ball home. Lancaster and their supporters were ecstatic and continued to pile forward looking for a second.

Lancaster carved out a few chances but were unable to extend their lead, this gave Lymm the impetus and they sprang into action winning a number of penalty corners. However, Lancaster's defence remained strong to take the lead into the break.

Lancaster contained Lymm for the most part and limited their shots on goal, but Leighan Bleasdale made her saves count with a Player of the Match performance. 

Hayley Johns back from injury was throwing herself into tackles and it was a fantastic, disciplined display from the entire team to keep Lymm at bay.

Into the last 10 minutes and tensions were high which resulted in a few suspensions. But with tired legs, Lancaster gave it all they got and they worked tirelessly defending a flurry of penalty corners. Lancaster put their bodies (and mouths) on the line to keep their clean sheet and at the final whistle Lancaster were jubilant to have won a massive 3 points.

Team: L Bleasdale, L Hayton, M Harrison, C Ranson, A Briggs, H Johns, E Park, H Morris, K Fairhurst, B Airey, K Kane, J Walker, A Park and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Leighan Bleasdale

 

Lancaster 2s 3-4 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 2s

Lancaster battled against the conditions on Saturday to play one of their best matches so far this season. Taking an early lead through an Eve Dodd strike they surprised 2nd placed Clitheroe & Blackburn 2s with their attacking pace, lead from the defence down the left by Ellie Tankard.

The game was evenly matched throughout with both teams enjoying periods of possession and pressure in the D, and the scoreline reflected that with the goals going in tit for tat.

Faye Ledward scored Lancaster's 2nd with a well-placed penalty flick and Alex Bush scored the 3rd with a strong strike round the keeper from the left. It came down to the last 5 minutes of the game where Lancaster failed to clear their 23 and Clitheroe & Blackburn scored twice in quick succession to take the win 4-3. It was another strong performance for Lancaster as this new team continues to bond.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), H Andrew, T Fagan, E Tankard, J Burrows, B Andrews, F Ledward, N Clark, A Bush, E Dodd and H Gates (C)

Player of the Match: Ellie Tankard

 

Lancaster 3s 2-2 Lancaster & Morecambe 2s 

Despite a previous 5 defeats on the bounce, Lancaster started the local derby oozing in confidence and started strongly with some superb play from Bethany Fletcher and Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite putting the Morecambe defence under pressure from the start.

After 10 minutes Lancaster got their deserved breakthrough from a great drive from Leeanne Grayston-Aldren leading to a short corner, the ball came out to Bethany Fletcher who struck the ball sweetly to the back of the net.

Lancaster continued to press across the pitch, some fabulous passing from the midfield of Lily Armer, Emily Verdon, Katie Lindsey and Grayston-Aldren saw the ball be crossed in to Emma Wood who slotted the ball in at the far post past the Morecambe keeper. At half time and the Lancaster had the advantage of a 2 nil lead.

Morecambe came our stronger in the 2nd half, but the defence of Zoe Oswald, Lily Armer, Cairine Scullion and Sam Taylor, remained strong fending off some good moves from the opposition.

Morecambe were rewarded with a well-executed short corner routine.  This seems to unsettle the Lancaster team and changed the pace the game, Morecambe eventually scored the equaliser.

It was a great derby match that was played in good spirits by both teams.  Lancaster were unlucky not to take the 3 points, but were happy with the 1 point.

Team: C Scullion, H Mills, S Taylor, L Armer, Z Oswald, I Christopherson, K Lindsey, L Grayston-Aldren, E Verdon, E Bamber Bridge, B Fletcher, E Harris and E Wood

Player of the Match: Zoe Oswald

 

Lancaster 4s 0-0 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 4s

With wind and rain of biblical proportions Lancaster 4th team knew only smart and considered hockey was going to get them a result against a very resilient and consistent Clitheroe team. 

Lancaster did not disappoint and despite losing the toss enjoyed the lion share of possession for large parts of the game. Amanda Bamforth and Laura Smith linked together superbly in the middle of the park to restrict any chance of a Clitheroe attack, allowing Ella Bookless and Katie Oliver countless runs down the wing with some stunning crosses into the box.

Sophie Christopherson and Abi Olde were able to make many dangerous runs in and around the visitors D but found themselves unable to break down a very organised Clitheroe defence. 

Lancaster were by far the better team with long periods of possession, sustained attacking runs and some very positive hockey on display. The defence team of Marion Anderson, Mel Woods, Laraine Sullivan, Alex Forbes and Sarah Nottingham worked quickly and swiftly to break down Clitheroe attacks with ease leaving goalkeeper Hayley Mills with very little to do. 

It's frustrating knowing that the 1 point gained should have been 3 but this is outweighed by the clean sheet and clear progression of the performance. 

Team: H Mills, L Sullivan, A Forbes, M Anderson, M Woods, S Nottingham, E Bookless, L Smith, A Bamforth, K Oliver, A Olde and S Christopherson 

Sunday 22nd November 2015

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Brooklands Poynton U18s 1–0 Lancaster U18s

Lancaster U18 travelled to Brooklands in Manchester to play in the England Hockey Trophy.

Captain Faye Ledward rallied her team and from the start Lancaster dominated possession and worked the ball well. Each and every player worked their socks off and played some fantastic hockey; working hard for each other and creating some great chances.

Eve Park came closest to breaking the dead lock when, after a great strike from Laura Hayton, she got a deflection on the ball which struck the outside of the post. 

Unfortunately for Lancaster, Brooklands found the back of the net with only 2 minutes to play. The result did not reflect the game in which Lancaster dominated the game and deserved to win.

Team: A Symons (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, E Park, K Fairhurst, T Fagan, F Ledward (C), A Park, E Dorrington, E Dodd and A Olde

Saturday 21st November 2015

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Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Ladies 2s P-P Lancaster 1s

 

Pendle Forest 2s P-P Lancaster 2s

 

Garstang Ladies 2s 2-1 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster travelled to Preston in desperate need of a point. Garstang pushed hard from the off and dominated possession for the first 10 minutes, pressing the Lancaster defence to almost breaking point. Lancaster rallied and began to play their own game, breaking possession and making some of their own attacking runs.

Garstang were first to mark the scorecard getting a goal from open play. Lancaster, in return, won a succession of penalty corners but were unable to convert the chances.

Lancaster headed into the second half with determination. A long ball from Emma Wood on the wing to the attacking D was picked up by Beth Fletcher and coolly placed past the goalkeeper.

Lancaster continued to push for points, unwittingly leaving a chance open for Garstang where they were able to take the lead. Despite further efforts, Lancaster were unable to equalise and left with no points. Lancaster must get points in their next fixtures to have a serious chance of staying in the league.

Team: H Mills, S Taylor, G Briggs, N Clarke, E Wood, C Whitty, E Verden, E Harris, I Christopherson, L Grayston-Aldren, K Lindsey, E Bamber-Dowthwaite and B Fletcher

Player of the Match: Beth Fletcher

Saturday 14th November 2015

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Ben Rhydding Ladies 2s 1-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Ben Rhydding in wet and windy conditions looking to pick up their first away win of the season.

Lancaster coach Chris Simcock's game plan was simple; keep it tight for the first 10 minutes with solid defending through the middle and look to counter attack. This worked perfectly and Lancaster carved out the best chance of the opening quarter. After a great interception from Anya Briggs she found Kelly Kane in space who then drove down the right flank before drilling a fantastic cross into the D. Ali Standeven was just a whisker away from connecting as the ball sailed agonisingly past the far post.

The midfield of Nina Swarbrick, Chloe Ranson, Becca Airey Kirsty Fairhurst and Hannahlise Morris worked tirelessly intercepting the ball and pressing on turning defence into attack. However Ben Rhydding defended well limiting Lancaster's attempts on goal. 

Ben Rhydding managed to work the ball towards Lancaster's D and won a number of penalty corners, one of which they converted with the last touch of the half.

Lancaster came flying out of the blocks in the 2nd half and attacked straight from the off. Laura Hayton and Mollie Harrison set the pace by breaking from the back at every opportunity and setting up the play. Standeven picked up the ball in the middle and drove down the right flank before crossing into the D where Annie Park expertly trapped the ball before calmly slotting the ball under the keeper. Game on. The half backs of Briggs and "Player of the Match" Eve Park were fantastic making tackle after tackle and pushing forward at every opportunity. Julie Walker worked hard up front, finding space and working the ball well.

Ben Rhydding managed to get back into the game and won another flurry of penalty corners, but Lancaster were up to the task and Leighan Bleasdale made some great saves to keep the scores level.

With the game tight, tempers began to flare and a number of cards were shown. But the game played out and the points were shared.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, A Briggs, E Park, N Swarbrick, C Ranson, K Fairhurst, H Morris, B Airey, J Walker, A Park, K Kane and A Standeven (C)

Player of the Match: Eve Park

 

Lancaster 2s 0-3 Leyland & Chorley Ladies 1s

Lancaster faced their previous biggest defeat of the season so far; Leyland & Chorley. Play commenced and Leyland & Chorley proceeded to make use of winning first push back, claiming three goals in the first 10minutes.

Lancaster came back with true grit and energy with the defence putting up a great performance. After a half time pep talk, we came back onto the pitch storming, some great skills between Sharon Routledge and Captain Helen Gates helped deliver the ball up to the attacking end more. Lancaster had a greater percentage of the game in their possession and were unlucky not to score.

Team: A Symons, H Andrew, T Fagan, L Horner, E Tankard, H Gates, F Ledward, L Coleclough, J Burrows, E Dodd, S Routledge, C Hicks and E Dorrington

 

Rossall 1s 5-1 Lancaster 3s

Another wet Saturday morning, Lancaster, with a renewed confidence, went out hard and fast from the first whistle; stunning the opposition by taking the lead within the first minute with a fabulous passing move from defence of Sam Taylor through to mid field Nat Clark and a great strike from Emma Wood.  

Lancaster continued to press the Rossall midfield and defence throughout the first half with some great play from Leeanne Grayston-Aldren, Mille Whitty, Emily Verdon, Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite, Katie Lindsey and Issy Christopherson.   By half time Rossall re-gained the lead making the score line 1-2.

Rossall the current league leaders obviously had a stern team talk at half time.  The second half saw Rossall come out stronger and despite some amazing defending from Sam Taylor, Zoe Oswald, Gill Briggs, Cairine Scullion and some incredible saves from keeper Hayley Mills, Rossall were just too strong this time.

Team: H Mills, G Briggs, L Grayston-Aldren, E Verden, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Lindsay, I Christopherson Z Oswald, G Briggs, C Scullion, S Taylor, C Whitty and N Clark

Player of the Match: Zoe Oswald and Nat Clark

 

Lancaster 4s 5-2 Leyland & Chorley Ladies 3s

The wet and windy weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of a team determined to right the wrong of a 1.0 loss last weekend. Starting brightly, Lancaster 4s maintained some good pressure and built up some probing runs into the Leyland penalty D. Lancaster's midfield were resolute in setting the pace of the game, Bamforth holding firm in the middle and there were some lightening runs on the wings from Oliver and Bookless.

This soon paid off with a nice sweeping Nicholls goal for Lancaster, however the excitement was short-lived and a superb short corner left the Lancaster defence picking the ball out of their own goal. With the scored tied 1-1 at half time Lancaster knew they had to step up a gear if they wanted what they deserved from the game. With some quick thinking from Taylor a long corner was converted into a quick goal to see Lancaster taking the lead. 

A second Leyland short corner was converted far too easily and left Lancaster asking themselves what we needed to do to hold a lead. It would have been easy for Lancaster to let their disappointment overtake their passion but resilient defending from Gardner, Forbes and Boothman kept Leyland's opportunities to a minimum. This allowed our attacking players to start pushing the Leyland defence and it paid off with two well worked goals in quick succession doubling Lancaster's lead. 

As the rain got heavier Lancaster could sense victory and Taylor grabbed a goal in the last few minutes to complete her hat trick. A well-deserved victory and valuable three points. 

Team: H Mills (C), L Boothman, S Nottingham, A Gardner, A Forbes, K Oliver, E Bookless, S Taylor, A Bamforth, A Olde, A Nicholls, N Clark and C Whitty

Saturday 7th November 2015

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Lancaster 1s P-P Harrogate Ladies 1s

 

Blackpool Ladies 1s 1-5 Lancaster 2s

Elle Dorrington hattrick and Eve Dodd with 2 goals. 

Team: H Andrew, J Burrows, A Bush, L Coleclough, E Dodd, E Dorrington, T Fagan, C Hicks, L Horner, F Ledward, A Symons (GK) and E Tankard

Player of the Match: Elle Dorrington

 

Longridge Ladies 2s 8-1 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster, with a relatively new and junior team travelled the Longridge with at least a point in sight. After a good start and holding Longridge at bay for at least 15 minutes, Longridge found their stride and showed their skills off to great effect. Longridge were by far the better team and much deserved the win.

Team: E Bamber-Dowthwaite, G Briggs, I Christopherson, H Clegg, B Fletcher, E Harris, K Lindsay, B Myerscough, M Nolan (GK), C Scullion, E Verden and E Wood

Player of the Match: Katy Lindsay

 

Southport Ladies 2s 1-0 Lancaster 4s

Sunday 1st November 2015

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England Hockey Women's Trophy

Lancaster 1s 2-3 Alderley Edge 1s

Saturday 31st October 2015

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University of Leeds Women’s 1s 3-1 Lancaster 1s

 

Lancaster 2s 6-0 Springfield Ladies 3s 

From the outset Lancaster 2nds ambition was obvious; they were out to secure a win against Springfield. From the push back Lancaster charged forward with some sweet set plays down both wings and strong balls into the ‘D’ that were converted to penalty corners.

It wasn't long before the first ball struck the backboard with a strike from Kelly Kane leaving the opposition with no doubt about intention. Lancaster continued to dominate with some well-worked passes through Jess Burrows and Katie Benter, firing passes into the goal zone that eventually resulted in Shannon Davey getting her name on the score card.

With Springs on the back foot, some careless tackles meant Lancaster were awarded a flick which was confidently slotted in by Alex Bush to take the score to 3-0. Lancaster continued with their relentless attacks, controlling all the play and with great skills from Beth Andrews and Elle Dorrington who created the channels for Jess Burrows to capitalize next for Lancaster.

Play was really opened up with Lancaster passing the ball around the back and driving it in for Alex Bush to make the half-time score line 5-0.

Springfield came back in the second half with a fighting spirit, holding Lancaster at bay for quite some time. With an impressive mid-air strike, Jess smashed the ball to the back of the net for it only to be disallowed.

The half continued goal-less until Kelly Kane dribbled in through the defense and past the keeper leaving Eve with an open goal to bring the scoreline to 6-0. A fantastic team effort and a well-deserved win.

Team: B Andrews, K Benter, J Burrows, A Bush, S Davey, E Dodd, T Fagan, H Gates (C), J Higgs, K Kane, A Symons (GK) and E Tankard

 

Lancaster 3s 0-5 Lancaster Nomads Ladies 1s

 

Lancaster 4s 2-1 Lancaster Nomads Ladies 2s

Saturday 24th October 2015

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Lancaster 1s 1-0 Wakefield Ladies 2s

Lancaster continued their unbeaten home form this season with a fantastic 1-0 win over top of the table Wakefield.

Lancaster felt confident going into the game and came out of the blocks quickly putting Wakefield on the back foot. An early injury to Hayley Johns was a blow for Lancaster as she has been in impressive form so far this season but a quick reshuffle and Lancaster continued to dominate possession but lacked that cutting edge in the D they were looking for.

The home side won a couple of penalty corners in quick succession and captain Ali Standeven saw her shot saved on the line; and that was as close as Lancaster came in the 1st half and the score remained 0-0 at the break.

Into the second half and Lancaster again pushed forward looking for that decisive goal with the midfield working tirelessly all game. Wakefield began to come to life and pushed players forward so Coach Chris Simcock changed the press which worked well for Lancaster, not allowing Wakefield any room and they squandered possession too many times. 

Lancaster finally broke the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining when after great build up play from Anya Briggs and Annie Park down the right, Julie Walker found herself with room in the D and coolly slotted the ball past the on rushing keeper.

Lancaster knew they had to keep it tight and they did themselves proud, holding their lines and keeping their structure which continued to frustrate Wakefield. Time and time again Lancaster won back possession after solid defence from the back 4 and Lancaster looked to nick a goal on the counter attack but it wasn't to be.

Wakefield won a penalty corner in the dying seconds but Lancaster put their bodies on the line and snuffed out the danger.

Lancaster were ecstatic at the final whistle. They truly deserved the win after a fantastic team display against a strong Wakefield side.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, A Briggs, H Morris, N Swarbrick, H Johns, A Standeven (C), R Airey, K Fairhurst, J Walker, A Park, E Park and E Dorrington

Players of the Match: Anya Briggs and Laura Hayton

Coach: Chris Simcock

 

Lancaster & Morecambe Ladies 1s 3-2 Lancaster 2s

A frustrating game for Lancaster today; literally pipped at the post in a final short corner. Two amazing reverse goals from Kelly Kane and Liz Colclough and a real team effort in the last 15 minutes. An unlucky scoreline of 3-2 to Morecambe but nonetheless a brilliant effort for Lancaster. 

Team: A Symons (GK), H Andrew, H Gates (C), M Bedford, E Tankard, J Burrows, S Taylor, S Routledge, K Kane, C Whitty, L Coleclough, A Bush and E Dorrington

Player of the Match: Liz Coleclough

 

Lytham St Annes Ladies 2s 6-3 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster travelled to Lytham looking for three points. Both teams started strong and the match was real end-to-end play. Lytham were first to break the deadlock with a goal from open play. Lancaster were quick to react and won a short corner which was coolly converted with a fantastic strike from the top of the D by Leeanne Grayston-Aldren.

Lytham also fought back strongly and themselves were awarded a short corner, which was put past the Lancaster ‘keeper.

Lancaster again gained possession and a great run through the midfield from Grayston-Aldren saw a fantastic ball to the back post which was swept into the goal by Emma Wood. The score was 2-2 into half time and Lancaster felt they stood a great chance of winning.

The second half started equal again with chances for both teams. Lytham were first to score. Lancaster again reacted well and a strong ball down the line from Grayston-Aldren was picked up by Wood and driven into the D where it was shot past the ‘keeper.

Unfortunately Lancaster tired into the final minutes and a strong Lytham side took advantage of this scoring a further 3 goals to win the game.

Team: A Bamforth (GK), S Taylor, G Briggs, A Gardner, A Forbes, K Lindsay, B Myerscough, E Verden, L Armer, L Grayston-Aldren, E Wood, I Christopherson and S Winn

Player of the Match: Leeanne Grayston-Aldren

 

Lancaster & Morecambe Ladies 3s 0-4 Lancaster 4s

(Match conceded by Lancaster 4s) 

Sunday 18th October 2015

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England Hockey U16s Championships – North League 1

Lancaster U16 0-8 Whitley Bay & Tynemouth U16

Lancaster U16 1-6 Lytham St Annes U16

 

England Hockey U18s National Cup

Lancaster U18 1-1 Timperley U18*

*Timperley won 2-0 on penalties

Saturday 17th October 2015

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Newcastle University Womens 1s 2-2 Lancaster 1s

An early start saw Lancaster travel to the North East and battle hard for a deserved point.

Despite coach Chris Simcock's instructions to keep it tight early on, Lancaster let Newcastle into their D on numerous occasions and Newcastle scored from a penalty corner.

Defender Anya Briggs unfortunately limped off after only 5 minutes to be replaced by Eve Park who was fantastic on her return to the team after a month out injured. Lancaster regrouped and steadied the ship and came so close to an equaliser: Great work down the right from Annie Park and Julie Walker fired the ball across the goal where Becca Airey was inches away from connecting. 

Lancaster continued to press and from a penalty corner Ali Standeven converted a drag flick and the score remained 1-1 going into half time.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster continued to work the ball well down the right and Annie Park was finding pockets of space causing Newcastle problems. From another penalty corner Standeven again converted a drag flick to put Lancaster into the lead.

Lancaster tried to keep possession of the ball but Newcastle pressed hard and won a flurry of penalty corners which Lancaster's defence dealt with. Some dubious decisions from the umpires led to a number of green cards for both teams and both teams tried to remain calm and concentrate on just playing hockey.

Newcastle managed to grab a second goal and Lancaster again had a number of penalty corners to defend which they managed well. Full backs Mollie Harrison and Chloe Ranson worked well together and Ranson was calm and collected on her debut.

Towards the end of the game tensions again were running high and Lancaster rallied together to keep players on the pitch. They showed excellent team spirit and worked tirelessly to gain a great point.

Team: L Bleasdale, M Harrison, C Ranson, A Briggs, H Morris, N Swarbrick, H Johns, A Standeven (C), B Airey, K Fairhurst, J Walker, A Park and E Park

 

Lancaster 2s 3-3 Lancaster University Womens 1s

An end-to-end match saw both Lancaster side’s earning a point.  Both teams took an attacking approach from the off. Lancaster 2s struck first with Liz Colclough sweeping in a Kelly Kane penalty corner strike.

From the restart Uni were pressing and soon equalised. Lancaster then dominated possession and scored again with an Eve Dodd strike. However similar to the first goal Lancaster were soon pegged back by another efficient Uni counter attack.

Lancaster's defence absorbed further pressure with Beth Andrews driving balls wide to release Ellie Tankard into attack. 

Kelly Kane scored Lancaster's third with some individual skill and a powerful strike in the D. But yet again the Uni equalised. Neither side could break the deadlock, leaving the final score at 3-3. 

Team: B Andrews, M Bedford, J Burrows, A Bush, L Coleclough, E Dodd, H Gates (C), L Horner, K Kane, F Ledward, A Symons (GK), E Tankard and C Whitty

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews

 

Lancaster 4s 0-1 Garstang 3s

Saturday 10th October 2015

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Lancaster 1s 3-1 Morpeth Ladies 1s

Lancaster recorded their 1st win of the season with a convincing home victory over Morpeth.

New coach Chris Simcock has been working hard with the team on their finishing over the past few weeks and it certainly paid off after only 5 minutes: a fantastic move down the right saw Annie Park drive down the by line and pull the ball back to where Julie Walker was on hand to smash the ball past the keeper with a sweet first time strike.

Lancaster continued to pile forward and could have made it 2 not long after but Morpeth's goalkeeper made a great save to take the pace off Ali Standeven's strike and a Morpeth defender cleared the ball off the line.

Morpeth had a couple of breaks of their own but Lancaster's defensive pairing of Laura Hayton and Player of the match Mollie Harrison remained strong and Lancaster held their lead into half time.

Morpeth started the stronger side in the second half gaining penalty corners but again Lancaster stood firm and defended well. Ali Standeven doubled Lancaster's lead and settled some nerves when after a powerful run through the middle of the pitch she finished calmly into the bottom corner past the onrushing keeper.

The midfield once again worked hard all game lending themselves to both defence and attack. It wasn't long before Lancaster grabbed their third from a penalty corner. A well worked routine saw Ali Standeven convert a drag flick into the bottom corner. This should have been game over but to Morpeth's credit they kept pressing and grabbed a goal back from a penalty corner.

With not long left on the whistle Lancaster tried to keep possession but Morpeth pressed them hard and Lancaster made it difficult for themselves. Tensions were high and Lancaster's goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale received a green card (2 minute suspension) meaning Hayton had to play rushing ‘keeper. However, Lancaster managed to see the game out and earn a well-deserved 3 points.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, M Harrison, A Briggs, N Swarbrick, H Morris, H Johns, R Airey, K Fairhurst, E Dorrington, A Standeven (C), J Walker and Annie Park 

Player of the Match: Mollie Harrison

Coach: Chris Simcock

 

Preston Ladies 2s 2-1 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster 2s travelled to Preston for their second league fixture of the season. It was an evenly matched game with both teams having chances in the first half.

Lancaster pressured the Preston side and finally got a break with a penalty corner being awarded. A great strike from Kelly Kane saw the away side take the lead.

In the second half as Lancaster tired, Preston took advantage with some fast breaks using the width of the pitch. Heather Andrews kept them at bay with well-timed tackles and interceptions. Goalkeeper Abi Symons made some fantastic saves one on one. Under sustained pressure Preston equalised and then in the last 10 mins managed to take the win.

Player of the Match: Abi Symons

 

Witton Warriors Ladies 1s 4-0 Lancaster 3s

 

Leyland & Chorley Ladies 1s 4-0 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster travelled to Leyland and Chorley for their first game of the season, with last week’s being conceded by Longridge.

With a team made up of new and returning players Lancaster worked well as a team. A well-rehearsed Leyland & Chorley pressed hard from the onset. Lancaster defended together and a frustrated Leyland & Chorley had to wait until towards the end of the half to break the deadlock. A second goal was scored by the home team shortly before the half time whistle.

Into the second half Leyland & Chorley took advantage of the less experienced Lancaster side. With lots of runs through the midfield they overloaded the Lancaster D on many occasions. A well-worked short corner routine and a great goal from open play saw Leyland & Chorley finalise the game at 4-0.

Sunday 4th October 2015

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Lancaster Development Team 1-5 Kendal 3s

Goal Scorer: Katie Oliver

Player of the Match: Elle Dorrington

Saturday 3rd October 2015

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Lancaster 2s 3-1 Southport Ladies 1s

Lancaster dominated the match from the beginning and quickly scored a goal, boosting the team’s confidence. The home team continued to have the majority of possession, however a moment of weakness showed as Southport managed to turn the ball over and find a gap in the defence, bringing the score level.

Lancaster went in to the second half strong, maintaining the same intensity as the first half. With a series of short corners and attacking play in the opposing team’s half, Lancaster managed to put away two further goals leaving a final score of 3-1.

Team: H Gates (C), H Andrew, E Dodd, L Coleclough, J Higgs, C Whitty, K Kane, C Hicks, B Andrews, A Symons (GK), J Burrows, S Taylor and M Bedford.

Goal Scorers: Kelly Kane and Eve Dodd

Player of the Match: Liz Coleclough

 

Lancaster 3s 3-1 Blackpool Ladies 2s

With a new look team Lancaster went into their opening game full of confidence. From the first whistle the forward line of Beth Fletcher and Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite pressured the fellow seaside team. Lancaster played some fabulous hockey but at half time the score was still nil-nil.

A firm motivational team talk from Leeanne Grayston-Aldren saw Lancaster come out even stronger. Lancaster were eventually rewarded with a goal from a fabulous run down the right wing from Emily Verden who took the ball to the backline and crossed it into the D, where Brittany Myerscough swept the ball superbly into the back of the net. 

Blackpool soon equalised against the run of play, but this made Lancaster stronger and more determined to win. A great short-corner routine saw Bamber-Dowthwaite put Lancaster ahead again.

The midfield of Katy Lindsay, Issy Christopherson, Emily Verden, Sophie Winn, Camille Whitty and Brittany Myerscough remained strong throughout the game, playing some sublime passes and driving the ball through the Blackpool midfield and defence, creating lots if chances of which Bamber-Dowthwaite slotted another goal home.

The defence maintained an excellent discipline keeping the Blackpool attacks outside the D.

Team: H Mills (GK), S Taylor, C Scullion, G Briggs, E Verden, B Myerscough, B Fletcher, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Lindsay, S Winn, I Christopherson and C Rawes (C).

Goal Scorers: Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite x2 and Brittany Myerscough 

 

Lancaster 4s 4-0 Longridge Ladies 3s

(Match conceded by Longridge 3s)

Saturday 26th September 2015

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Lancaster 1s 1-1 Brooklands 2s

Lancaster earned a well fought draw against tough opposition in Brooklands on their first home fixture of the 2015/16 campaign.

Brooklands started the game a little livelier than Lancaster and instantly put them under pressure earning multiple penalty corners in quick succession. But the defensive unit stood firm and cleared the danger. Lancaster found it a little difficult to keep possession in the opening quarter and invited pressure on their D, but goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale made some fine saves to keep the scores level.

Player of the match Laura Hayton alongside her defensive partner Mollie Harrison were tremendous all game, keeping cool heads and making superb tackles frustrating Brookland's forwards.

On a fantastic break forward Lancaster earned their first penalty corner and after Ali Standeven remained calm at the top of the D, she slipped it left to Hayton who drilled the ball into the bottom corner. Lancaster were jubilant and pressed on looking for a second, with Annie Park and Julie Walker working hard up front. However not long before half time, Brooklands again pressed hard looking for the equaliser. Another flurry of penalty corners ensued, but again Lancaster were up to the task. Hayley Johns put her body on the line (literally) carrying out her defensive duties again and again in order to retain Lancaster's lead.

Unfortunately for all Lancaster's hard work, a lapse in concentration saw a direct ball enter the D and Brooklands scored a fairly soft goal for Lancaster to concede.

Into the second half and Lancaster rallied together and worked extremely hard; their pre-season fitness regimes are clearly paying off and going into the latter stages of the game Lancaster were the fitter and faster of the two teams. Jayde Christeansen found a lot of space down the left hand side and linked well with the forwards and Lancaster had the better of the chances in the second half, but just couldn't quite find the back of the net. Toni Fagan and Kelly Kane both worked hard and showed confidence on their 1st team debuts and Elle Dorrington, Becca Airey and Anya Briggs worked hard and remained strong against quite physical opposition.

At the final whistle Lancaster were happy with the point in such a fast flowing game and tough game.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, M Harrison, A Briggs, J Christeansen, H Johns, R Airey, E Dorrington, T Fagan, K Kane, A Standeven (C), J Walker and A Park

Player of the Match: Laura Hayton

Coach: Chris Simcock

Saturday 22nd August 2015

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Lancaster 1s 2-2 Leeds Ladies 1s

Saturday 22nd August saw Lancaster 1st Team’s first friendly of the 2015-2016 campaign. The team were excited to welcome Chris Simcock to the coaching staff. Over the course of the season, this new addition will help the team bounce back from last season and provide the much-needed guidance on match days.

Lancaster started brightly looking dangerous from the start. Nina Swarbrick worked hard in the middle to release balls to Hayley Johns and Rebecca Airey out wide that used their pace to break the Leeds defence.

Leeds also had their fair share of possession and shots at goal. Mollie Harrison and Jayde Christeansen were solid in their tackles protecting the Lancaster D. Leeds were able to break twice in the first half overloading the Lancaster defence, goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale was quick of her line to smother the shots away.

Captain Ali Standeven broke the deadlock with a bullet of a strike into the bottom left corner of the goal, leaving it 1-0 at half time.

The Lancaster second goal came from a well-worked short corner that Leeds could not fully defend. Standeven struck again with a sweep past the goalkeeper.

The 1s were fortunate as Leeds had a disallowed goal for not bringing the ball fully out the D on a short corner. Their goal eventually came from a pass across the D to the right post where a forward was waiting to hit home.

Kirsty Fairhurst has a fantastic game, her work rate helped the team counter attack down the wing and provide cover for the defence when needed.

Leeds scored their second from a shot through a crowded D, sending Bleasdale the wrong way. Lancaster defended for their lives in the final 3 minutes where Leeds had countless short corners. This resilience sets the team up in good stead for the upcoming season.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), E Park, J Christeansen, H Johns, M Harrison, N Swarbrick, K Fairhurst, R Airey, A Park, A Standeven (C), J Walker and F Ledward

Coach: Chris Simcock

Saturday 14th March 2015

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Witton Warriors Ladies 1s 0-6 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster travelled to Blackburn for their final game of the season against fellow league strugglers Witton Warriors. With Division 1 relegation being decided by at least 5 teams Lancaster knew they must win.

Lancaster instantly took the game to the home side with multiple chances on goal; Jo Higgs finding the back board for Lancaster to take the lead. A flurry of short corners in Lancaster’s advantage found Kelly (Hurri-) Kane converting from the top of the D.

A further goal from Jo Higgs brought the away team to 3-0.

Witton managed to break through the Lancaster mid-field and through to the D gaining a short corner on the way. Some over-eager defending from eldest player on the pitch, Cairine Scullion, (running out too soon on the injected ball) led to her yellow card and 10 minutes in the sin bin to the amusement of her team-mates.    

Another strike from Kane gave Lancaster a 4-0 lead at half time.

Lancaster tackled the second half much like the first and had much of the play. Passing from the defence right through to the forwards was strong and le to a number of chances.

Great running from Anya Briggs on goal led to the ‘keeper being drawn out for a save. Briggs, although losing her feet to the ‘keeper, managed to feed the ball through the Eve Dodd who was able to slot this home whilst the ‘keeper remained on the ground.

Kane earned her well-deserved 2nd hattrick in 2 weeks with a thunderous strike from another short corner.

A great win for Lancaster which leaves them 5th in the table and safe of the relegation zone.

Team: C Rawes (C), G Briggs, C Bicknell (GK), B Andrews, C Scullion, K Benter, L Grayston-Aldren, C Whitty, J Higgs, L Case, A Briggs, K Kane, E Wood and E Dodd

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

 

Lancaster 4s 2-1 Lytham St Annes Ladies 3s

Lancaster were facing top-of –the-league and already promoted Lytham in a match that required all three points and a 3 goal difference in order to guarantee promotion or a 2 goal lead to enter a play-off with Blackpool Ladies 3s.

The game started evenly with chances on target at both ends. Lytham were quick to make their mark however and took an early 1-0 lead. Worryingly, Lancaster lost some shape for a short spell and found Lytham defending well down the centre of the pitch.

Megan Rawes made a fantastic run through the midfield to take on the strong Lytham defence. Rawes unfortunately got her stick caught with a Lytham player and the momentum was lost.  Lancaster regained possession and Jess Burrows achingly hit the post with a strike from the top of the D.

Half time allowed Lancaster to re-group and with some 1-2 passes between Bethany Fletcher and Rawes the ball was brought up to the Lytham defence. Rawes meeting the end of a great Fletcher cross made the home side level.  

Lancaster continued strongly and earned a short corner. Rawes injected the ball Fletcher who stuck the ball across the D. Jess Burrows managed to deflect the ball into the back on the goal taking Lancaster into the lead.

Despite more chances on goal Lancaster finished the match 2-1 and the season in a heart-breaking third position with just one goal difference with 2nd place Blackpool.

Team: H Mills (C), S Taylor, J Burrows, M Rawes, B Fletcher, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Bamforth, H Vaughan-Jones, B Askham, S Berry, A Gardner, H Clegg, L Johnstone and L Smith

Sunday 8th March 2015

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Lancaster Development Team 3-1 Keswick Ladies 2s

Lancaster found themselves up against a young but very skilful and accomplished Keswick team. Lancaster’s defence was tested from the onset with a number of chances being made by Keswick which found Lancaster ‘keeper Clare Bicknell being called upon. Keswick were first to find the net taking the lead early on in the first half.

With end to end play the Lancaster squad were tested in their fitness but with some great communication Lancaster found their stride and managed to put some great passes together. Elle Dorrington made some probing runs through the opposing midfield to bring the ball into the D providing Lancaster with a number of chances. Lily Johnstone met the ball in the D and placed it neatly past the Keswick ‘keeper.

The second half saw Lancaster continue to dominate the majority of the game. Elle Dorrington put her name on the score-sheet with a great strike from the edge of the D.

Fantastic play from the defence right through to the forwards with quick one-two passing and good pitch awareness led to Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle’s goal, finalising the game at 3-1.

Team: S Taylor, H Vaughan-Jones, B Andrews, K Adamson, E Wood, E Dorrington, M Green, A Olde, O Taylor, L Johnstone, H Chetwynd-Diggle and Clare Bicknell (GK)

Saturday 7th March 2015

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Chester Ladies 1s 4-0 Lancaster 1s

 

Lancaster 2s 0-2 Formby Ladies 1s

On Saturday the 7th March Lancaster 2nd team were up against Formby. Both teams were wanting a win and both were ready!

Lancaster started with high intensity and keeping pressure on the opposition. Lancaster kept finding themselves in their attacking twenty five, but the ball, despite everybody's efforts, couldn't find the goal! 

Lancaster were then unfortunate with Formby scoring, this was a quick goal, and it doesn't show how well the defence: Helen Gates, Shannon Davey, Molly Bedford, Catherine Elley and keeper Sian Moreland.

Lancaster kept fighting, as did Formby. The opposition then got awarded with a penalty flick, and scored. Lancaster kept going until the final whistle. 

Team: S Moreland (GK), H Gates (C), S Davey, C Elley, K Fairhurst, F Ledward, K Ayrton, J Higgs, A Briggs, M Bedford, E Dorrington and E Williams

Player of the Match: Molly Bedford

 

Lancaster 3s 6-2 Lytham St Annes Ladies 2s

Lancaster entered the match knowing a win was the only option to keep relegation at bay. However, Lytham, with a similar league position, were equally determined and were first to find the back of the net within 5 minutes.

Lancaster kept their heads up and pressured the Lytham defence. Some fantastic play from the midfield found Eve Dodd in the D who coolly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper with a reverse stick.

Immediately from the re-start Lancaster pressured again. Leeanne Grayston-Aldren made a searching run through the Lytham defence and fired the ball across the D which was met by Emma Wood who found the net with her first touch of the game. 

Excellent passing play from the midfield of Katie Benter, Lauren Case, Jo Higgs and Grayston-Aldren were picked up by the Lancaster attack and led to Lancaster being awarded a flurry of short corners, two of which were expertly converted by Kelly Kane with strikes from the top of the D.

Lytham started the second half strong and forced the Lancaster side to defend their lead. Unfortunately despite Lancaster’s best efforts Lytham managed to secure a second goal.

Not to be beaten Lancaster forced a defensive error from Lytham creating another short corner. Kane’s strike from the top was dealt with by the defence but the rebound strike from Benter meant Lancaster extended their lead.

Lancaster finalised the match with Kane gaining her hattrick and sealing the award for Player of the Match.

Lytham had a number of chances in the final minutes of the game but Lancaster ’keeper Abi  Symons made some amazing saves to keep the final score 6-2 to the home side.

Lancaster must win next week against Wigton Warriors and hope that other fixtures play to their advantage with 5 teams looking to stay clear from relegation.

Team:  B Andrews, K Benter, A Briggs, G Briggs, J Burrows, L Case, E Dodd,  L Grayston-Aldren, J Higgs, K Kane, A Symons (GK), S Taylor and E Wood

Player of the Match: Kelly Kane

 

Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 4s 2-0 Lancaster 4s

Sunday 1st March 2015

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Under 16s

The Under 16 squad were in action at the semi-finals of the National Cup competition.

They narrowly missed out on a place in the National Finals having won 3-0 against Chester (goal scorers were Bethany Fletcher, Rebecca Airey and Annie PArk) and losing 1-0 to Leek and 4-1 to Wakefield (goal scorer was Annie Park.)

Well done to all those involved and for the supporters who travelled to Wakefield to watch. 

Team: A Park, E Park, F Ledward (C), A Symons (GK), B Fletcher, M Ayrton, E Dorrington, K Ayrton, M Bedford, A Briggs and R Airey

Player of the Match: Annie Park

Saturday 28th February 2015

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Lancaster 1s 3-2 University of Durham Women’s 2s

Lancaster won their final home game of the season against fellow strugglers Durham University. Lancaster were determined to end their season on a high and they did just that, battling back from behind to gain all 3 points.

Lancaster started brightly with Fiona Crackles and Hayley Johns working the ball well towards the strikers and winning a number of penalty corners. From one, Laura Hayton had great first time strike and saw the ball fire past the keeper at the near post. Lancaster were jubilant and continued to press forward with the strikers Julie Walker, Annie Park and Becca Airey making it difficult for Durham's defence. Mollie Harrison and Hayton were solid in defence keeping Durham's chances to a minimum and Leighan Bleasdale in goal, made some fantastic point blank saves. Unfortunately from one of Durham's shots, a wicked deflection meant it found the back of the net. Durham were spurred on a scored a second not long after taking them into the lead.

Into the second half and Lancaster were determined not to let this game slip. Holly Farquharson, Nina Swarbrick, Heather Andrew and Eve Park bossed the midfield; winning tackles and driving the team forward. After a bout of pressure Lancaster gained another penalty corner and Crackles had a great strike which was saved by the keeper, but Ali Standeven pounced on the loose ball and found the back of the net. Lancaster did not rest on their laurels and continued to push forward, moving the ball well down the flanks. Once again Crackles made a fantastic run and after driving along the base line, she flicked the ball into the D where Standeven was on hand to smash the ball home to take Lancaster back into the lead.

Nerves started to increase in the final 15 minutes and unfortunately cards were shown, meaning Lancaster had to see out the game with 10 players. Durham pressed and won multiple penalty corners but some amazing last ditch defending kept them out. Johns made an impossible looking diving tackle to deny Durham a clear goal.

At the final whistle Lancaster were ecstatic, all their hard work and relentless running paid off and they finally got the win they hugely deserved.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, H Farquharson, N Swarbrick, H Andrew, E Park, F Crackles, H Johns, A Standeven (C), J Walker, A Park and R Airey

 

Lytham St Annes Ladies 1s 6-1 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster 2s travelled to Lytham for their penultimate game of the 2014/2015 season.

Lytham started very positively putting the defence of Shannon Davey, Catherine Elley and Helen Gates under pressure. A number of penalty corners followed with Emily Williams bravely running out to pressure the Lytham strike. Despite some fantastic saves from goalkeeper Sian Moreland, Lytham put four in.

In the second half Lancaster tried to use the width of the pitch more to spread the game out. Kirsty Fairhurst and Williams drove the ball down the left getting some searching passes in to the D.

Lytham kept the ball out and attacked quickly despite persistent interceptions from Ellie Walton and Faye Ledward. Beth Andrews and Mille Whitty tackled tirelessly in the midfield but Lytham broke in on goal for another two.

Lancaster answered with some individual skill by Elle Dorrington taking on two players to pick Alice Tidswell out, who neatly slotted the ball in the right corner. Final score was 6-1 to Lytham. Kirsty Fairhurst took the player of the match award for her work rate, tackling and one:two passing.

Team: S Moreland (GK), S Davey, C Elley, H Gates (C), E Williams, K Fairhurst, E Walton, F Ledward, B Andrews, C Whitty, E Dorrington and A Tidswell

Player of the Match: Kirsty Fairhurst

 

Lancaster 3s 4 v 0 Fulwood Ladies

Fulwood conceded. Lancaster awarded 3 points and 4 goals. 

 

Blackpool Ladies 3s 0-2 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster 4s travelled to Blackpool for a game which could be the decider in their promotion battle with the home side.

Blackpool started brightly but the Lancaster defence was resilient in soaking up the pressure. Bethany Fletcher opened the scoring for the away team with a strike mid-way through the half and Lancaster were unlucky when a strike from a short corner was disallowed after taking a deflection off the keeper into the roof of the net.

The second half saw Lancaster step up the pressure with many opportunities but they could only add one more goal through current club top goal-scorer Fletcher to seal a 2-0 win taking them above Blackpool in to 2nd place with two games to play.

Saturday 21st February 2015

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Sheffield Hallam Ladies 1s 3-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster made the long trip across to Yorkshire to play Sheffield on the "Smurf Turf" and unfortunately the long drive may have taken its toll as Lancaster started very slowly and Sheffield scored with their first attacking penalty corner. Sheffield passed the ball well and Lancaster really struggled with their movement and tenacity. Sheffield scored a 2nd, then a 3rd and Lancaster found themselves 3-0 down at half time.

A rallying team talk encouraged Lancaster to keep fighting and up their pace and this proved successful as Lancaster became more tenacious and took the game to Sheffield. After a well worked move through the middle, Becca Airey found herself in space in the D and after wrong footing the keeper, saw her shot smash off the post. Lancaster were agonisingly close to getting back into the game.

Lancaster kept pressing and when Annie Park found herself with space in the middle of the pitch she played a delightfully weighted pass to Standeven, who powered into the D and smashed the ball past the keeper. Lancaster continued to press but unfortunately could not find that decisive finish.

Sheffield gained a flurry of penalty corners towards the latter part of the game, but Hayley Johns and Holly Farquharson remained strong to keep them out.

A much improved second half performance once Lancaster found their groove, but they could just not manage to claw back the early goals conceded.

Team: L Bleasdale, H Farquharson, H Andrews, M Harrison, E Park, N Swarbrick, H Johns, E Walton, A Standeven (C), A Park, J Walker and R Airey

 

Lancaster 2s 0-5 Carlisle Ladies 1s

 

Lancaster 4s 6-3 Lancaster Nomads 2s

Lancaster fourth team entered the match with the intention of winning in order to keep their promotion dreams alive.

Nomads started the stronger team with some fast runs through the middle from their centre forward forcing Lancaster to defend from the off. Nomads gained the first goal and forced Lancaster to react. An end to end battle ensued with Lancaster passing quickly up the pitch and finding Megan Rawes who fired a shot on goal which was expertly saved by the Nomads ‘keeper.

Bethany Fletcher made a great run up the pitch and some passing from the midfield back to Bethany in the D allowed her to find the back of the net.  

Nomads retaliated immediately with another shot on target which was just out of the grasped of the Lancaster ‘keeper. A further goal from Nomads took the score to 3-1 to the away team. Lancaster, although a little unnerved, managed to compose themselves and Megan Rawes scored to close the deficit. Emily Verden added another for Lancaster to make the scores level and Rawes adding a second to take Lancaster 4-3 into the lead at half time.

Nomads again started strong from the whistle and pressured Lancaster’s defence keeping them in their own half for a good ten minute stretch.  Lancaster finally managed to switch the ball around the defence and fed it to Emily Verden on the right wing. A great move saw Verden take on all players in her way and run the ball into the D and past the ‘keeper to make a fantastic solo goal. Fletcher added her second of the game to finalise the match. 

Sunday 15th February 2015

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Lancaster U16 7-0 Preston U16

The Lancaster U16’s were in action on Sunday in their final tier 1 game in the National Cup competition. A win would see them through to the next round, only one game away from National Finals.

The young team have been the players to celebrate this season whilst the rest of the Club has struggled finding the form of season’s past.

The game started well against Preston, both teams starting assertively and looking dangerous on the break. There was excellent play from Fiona Crackles down the left hand side of the pitch and she was unlucky not to convert off a reverse stick shot. Eve Dodd broke the deadlock making it 1-0.

Lancaster looked well; switching the ball around the pitch. Annie Park's short corner strike achingly edged wide of the post however super striker Dodd on fire in the D made it 2-0 soon after. 

Crackles made it 3-0 after smashing the ball into the backboard from a well worked short corner routine.

The goals then came flowing Eve Park made it 4-0 from the second phase of a short corner and Crackles gained her brace from another goal from a straight strike off a short corner. The team lead 5-0 into half time.

Preston held Lancaster for the majority of the second half. Elle Dorrington's shot did force a long corner which created the play for Emily Verden to calmly slot the ball past the keeper making it 6-0.

There was excellent turn out of supporters for both teams and specifically for Eve Dodd from the crowd as she scored her hat-trick; tapping the ball home off a rebound shot, finishing the game 7-0.

Team: R Airey (C), F Crackles, E Dorrington, E Park, A Park, B Fletcher, M Bedford, A Symons (GK), M Ayrton, K Ayrton, E Dodd and E Verden

Saturday 14th February 2015

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Lancaster 1s 0-1 Bowdon Ladies 1s

Lancaster produced one of the performances of their season against top of the league Bowdon. They played with such confidence and determination and were by far the better team; you would not have known these sides were at the opposite ends of the league.

Lancaster massively dominated the play in the first ten minutes attacking at every opportunity. Hayley Johns absolutely ran riot through the middle of the pitch, breaking down Bowdon's play with solid tackles before threading pin point balls through to the strikers. Fiona Crackles and Nina Swarbrick completed the midfield trio and Bowdon could not cope with their tenacity both on and off the ball.

Ellie Walton made her debut for the first team against strong opposition but she was not fazed at all, playing with such confidence and enthusiasm she contributed massively to the team and made a huge impact. Annie Park, Ali Standeven and Julie Walker found themselves with space in the D on numerous occasions but unfortunately could not convert the chances created.

The score was 0-0 at half time and Lancaster were confident they could produce the win.

Into the 2nd half, Lancaster's defence remained solid. The young pairing of Laura Hayton and Mollie Harrison at the back produced a performance well beyond their years. Their shape and concentration did not falter and they made countless interceptions to deny Bowdon any clear chances to trouble Leighan Bleasdale in goal. Holly Farquharson, Eve Park and Heather Andrew were all magnificent in their defensive duties, but also ventured forward at every opportunity expertly linking up with the forwards.

Bowdon broke the dead lock through a well worked penalty corner, but Lancaster still had 15 minutes to find an equaliser or more. All credit to them, they kept the pressure on and their work rate did not falter. Lancaster managed to continue to create plenty of opportunities but unfortunately they could not find the back of the net.

At the final whistle the disappointment was evident, but Lancaster shouldn't be too hard on themselves. They played some fantastic hockey and can take the momentum into next week's fixture.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, H Farquharson, N Swarbrick, E Park, H Andrew, H Johns, F Crackles, A Standeven (C), A Park, E Walton and J Walker

 

Wigton Ladies 1s 2-1  Lancaster 2s

 

Springfield Ladies 3s 4-0 Lancaster 3s

After numerous telephone calls and text messages around the area with it being half term, Lancaster 3s finally set off with 12 players to Preston Arena to face Springfields. 

The game commenced with a very strong attack from Springs and then Lancaster taking over the majority of the play.  Kelly Kane, Eve Dodd and Leeanne Grayston-Aldren worked hard to pass the ball around the pitch and created numerous chances for Lancaster. 

An unfortunate lucky goal for Springs following a short corner put Lancaster 1 - 0 down at half time. 

Lancaster started the second half determined and some excellent hockey was played. Bethany Fletcher not giving up any opportunity to put the ball in the D, just luck wasn't on our side.  Springs broke away and scored an impressive 2nd goal, shortly followed by a 3rd putting the Lancaster Defence under pressure.

Following a couple of injuries, Lancaster still continued to play good hockey, passing the ball around to each other’s stick, calling and generally creating chances.  Springs managed to score off a short corner moments before the final whistle. 

Sterling effort from a mixed up Lancaster 3 team who should be proud of their performance and not reflect on the score.

Saturday 7th February 2015

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Didsbury Northern 1s 3-1 Lancaster 1s 

 

Lancaster 2s 1-6 University of Liverpool 1s

On Saturday the 7th of February Lancaster second team played University of Liverpool.

Lancaster came out strong passing it round the team, trying to push forward to Liverpool's D. Their defence was strong but Lancaster kept persisting and wanted to get a goal.

Some great attacking skills were shown by Lancaster's forwards and midfield; Wilson, Fairhurst, Ledward, Bedford and Briggs. This resulted in Lancaster having numerous chances in the D, where Walton and Williams striking some great shots, but Liverpool's defence and keepers were strong.

Liverpool scored, despite Lancaster's fantastic defence from Gates, Elley, Marshall and Davey and amazing saves from keeper Moreland.

Lancaster kept persevering and Dorrington dribbled the ball round the back line pushing it into the D with Briggs sweeping a great finish. 

The game finished 5-1.

Team: M Bedford, A Briggs, G Briggs, S Davey, E Dorrington, C Elley, K Fairhurst, H Gates (C), F Ledward, Il Marshall, S Moreland, E Walton, M Wilson and E Williams

Player of the Match: Helen Gates

 

Longridge 2s 1-0 Lancaster 3s

 

Lancaster 4s 2-0 Garstang 3s        

Saturday 31st January 2015

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Fiona Crackles selected for England U16

Congratulations to Lancaster Hockey Club first team starlet Fiona Crackles who has been selected for the England U16 squad. This is a fantastic achievement for Fiona and is testament and a reward for all the hard work she has put in for Lancaster and NAGS (National Age Group Squads) throughout the season. 

Selection for this squad is the highest honour that junior hockey players can attain and it makes it an even more outstanding achievement that Fiona has in fact been selected in the age group above her! All at Lancaster are immensely proud of Fiona and can't wait to watch her in action for England. Well done Fiona!

 

Lancaster 1s 1-1 City of York 1s

Lancaster began this game in buoyant fashion, putting York's defence under pressure from the start. York could not cope with the speed of Becca Airey and Annie Park running riot up front and latching onto excellent passes through the middle from Hayley Johns and Fiona Crackles.

Captain Ali Standeven made a darting run into the D and earned Lancaster a penalty corner, which Nicola Benson fired home on her return to the side. This lifted Lancaster and their supporters and they pushed on looking for the 2nd goal. Julie Walker put York's defence under pressure which meant York resorted to playing the long ball which Katie Benter and Mollie Harrison coped with well in defence.

Laura Hayton, Nina Swarbrick and Holly Farqherson remained strong in their defensive roles but also provided excellent attacking overlap at every opportunity. Unfortunately one of York's long balls found its way behind Lancaster's defence and York equalised.

Into the 2nd half and Lancaster continued with their attacking play, some fantastic interchange passing saw Lancaster gain a lot of ground and have a lot of possession but unfortunately there was no end product in the D.

With a quarter of the match to go York began piling on the pressure gaining a succession of penalty corners, but Lancaster stood firm and goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale made some fantastic saves to keep the scores level.

Lancaster had some good chances to snatch victory, but it wasn't to be. Lancaster should be proud of the way they played. They stuck at it and worked hard to gain a much valued point.

Team: L Bleasdale, M Harrison, K Benter, L Hayton, N Swarbrick, H Farqherson, H Johns, F Crackles, N Benson, A Standeven (C), J Walker, R Airey and A Park

 

Liverpool Sefton Ladies 2s 5-0 Lancaster 2s

 

Lancaster & Morecambe Ladies 3s 2-7 Lancaster 4s

The biting-cold wind did nothing to stop the enthusiastic start to this local derby against Morecambe. Lancaster 4s were looking to bounce back from their last minute defeat last week; nothing less than a win would do to keep them in the title race. 

Morecambe started the stronger team making probing runs as Lancaster worked hard to steady the nerves and clear the attacks. Lancaster soon took control of the game with swift passing and numerous attacking runs from our midfield. The hard work paid off with Lancaster leading 5-1 at half time. Goal scorers Beth Fletcher, Emily Verden and Sam Taylor gave everything to get the ball over the line. 

Lancaster appeared to take their foot off the gas early in the second half giving Morecambe the early opportunity to get one back. However the nerves were short lived as strong defensive performances from the back four kept Morecambe at bay. 

As the game progressed Morecambe were unable to deal with the twisting and turning of Katie Lindsay who in her Player of the Match performance opened the Morecambe defence allowing Lancaster to add two more to the score sheet and finish the game comfortable 7-2 winners.

With four teams in contention for promotion Lancaster 4s have to work hard to keep this momentum going.

Team: H Mills (C), B Askam, H Vaughan-Jones, S Winn, L Armer, G Noakes, I Christopherson, S Taylor, A Bamforth, E Verden, E Harris, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Lindsay and B Fletcher 

Player of the Match: Katy Lindsay

Sunday 25th January 2015

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Lancaster Development Team 3-4 Ambleside Ladies 2s

A well-prepared Ambleside second team travelled to Lancaster looking to take away all three points. Ambleside started strongly and their expert positioning on the pitch and accurate passing allowed them to attack the Lancaster defence with goalkeeper Clare Bicknell being called upon on a number of occasions to keep Lancaster in the game. Ambleside continued to over-load the Lancaster D and inevitably managed to put two into the goal.

With some re-positioning of players in the second half, Lancaster made for a much more capable opponent. The play was end to end with chances from both teams. Some great play from the whole team feeding the ball from the defence, through to the midfield and to the forwards led to Lancaster being awarded a penalty corner which was neatly put away by Ellé Dorrington with a strike from the top of the D.

Ambleside earned one back from a penalty corner of their own which was saved on the line in the first instance but put past the Lancaster defence from the rebound. Lancaster responded instantly with an attacking play which saw a great pass across the D from Ellé Dorrington which was met by Maddie Green and neatly placed into the back of the net.

Ambleside pushed forwards once more and again were awarded a penalty corner. Despite some initial saves from the Lancaster keeper and some battling from the Lancaster defence Ambleside added to their tally. Lancaster however were not yet done and another penalty corner provided Dorrington with her second of the game. Lancaster continued to pressure the Ambleside defence with chances from Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle and Emily Williams just wide of the target. Had the game lasted another five minutes Lancaster would almost definitely have earned themselves a point.

Many thanks for all of the friends and family that came to support on the sidelines.

Team: C Bicknell, I Christopherson, S Christopherson, S Berry, H Chetwynd-Diggle, E Wood, A Olde, M Green, E Williams, A Bamforth, M Ayrton, E Dorrington and H Vaughan-Jones

 

Lancaster U13s 1-2 Garstang U13s

 

Lancaster U13s 2-1 Springfield U13s

Saturday 24th January 2015

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Brooklands Poynton Ladies 1s 3-2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Brooklands Poynton to try and replay the first game of the season where they collected 3 points and kept a clean sheet.

The game started positively with Lancaster keeping possession well and blocking any attacking play from the home side. Captain Ali Standeven scored the first goal smashing the ball passed the goalkeeper. Brooklands did have a number of short corners, one of which was converted due to the defence not holding their position.

Despite the goal Lancaster were undeterred, Laura Hayton transferred the ball well around the back using Holly Farquharson on the left to work the ball down the wing. Standeven determined to rally her team scored again to make it 2-1. Nina Swarbrick looked to have scored another, that was unjustly  disallowed due to the umpire blowing the whistle as the ball entered the goal. A goal that would have sunk Brooklands and has left the team feeling robbed!

Brooklands then made it 2-2 after an own goal was scored, another mistake that has cost the team. The game was ruined by a number of yellow cards for both teams. Brooklands scored their winner 6 minutes from time from a shot that came through a crowded D into the right hand corner of the goal.

Despite the scoreline this was the most dangerous Lancaster have looked since last season. The team have to use the feeling of hurt to come back fighting against York.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, A Briggs, N Swarbrick, H Johns, A Standeven (C), A Park, R Airey, J Walker, L Hayton, H Andrew and H Farquharson

 

Lancaster 2s 0-13 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 1s

 

Leyland & Chorley Ladies 1s 5-0 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster travelled to Buckshaw Village to take on top of the league Leyland & Chorley with the hope of taking away at least a point.

Lancaster started well and although Leyland were strong in attack, Lancaster held them at bay for the first 15 minutes.

However, Leyland broke through Lancaster’s defence with their intense speed and passing game and managed to end the deadlock, taking the lead with a great goal from open play. A further two goals from open play followed in quick succession giving the home side a three goal advantage at half time.

Lancaster attempted to step up their game in the second half, increasing their passing play and attacking the D with more intent. There were some close chances for Lancaster but all failed to find the back of the goal.

Leyland were awarded a spate of penalty corners which led to the final two goals, although initially saved were then converted by the alert Leyland team who took advantage of any rebound from the Lancaster defence.

Lancaster look forward to their next game against Longridge with the intention of taking all three points.

Team: C Rawes (C), A Symons, G Briggs, S Taylor, C Shatford, B Andrews, L Case, H Clegg, E Wood, M Harris, E Verden, L Grayston-Aldren, K Kane, E Dodd and A Warburton

Players of the Match: Tied with Leeanne Grayston-Aldren and Kelly Kane

 

Lancaster 4s 0-1 Leyland & Chorley Ladies 2s

Saturday 17th January 2015

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Lancaster 1s 2-6 Springfields Ladies 1s 

Lancaster 1st team’s string of defeats continues after a woeful performance against their rivals Springfields.

Unfortunately Lancaster conceded an early and dubious goal from a short corner that was struck too high above the backboard giving Springfields the early advantage. The goal created nerves in the defensive line and Springfields capitalised further.

Despite the 2-0 score line, Lancaster did fight back scoring on the break. Julie Walker doing all the hard work, used her 3D skills to take on the goalkeeper and struck at goal, Rebecca Airey made sure the ball made it into the goal volleying it into the netting.

Springfields scored further goals, most of which stemmed from the lack of experience Lancaster have had this season.

Captain Ali Standeven showed Springfields the team’s fighting spirit smashing the ball from the top left of the D into the bottom corner of the goal. All players need to step up and fight for survival, ensuring they are available for every game until the end of season.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, A Briggs, N Swarbrick, H Johns, A Standeven (C), A Park, E Park, R Airey, I Marshall, J Walker and K Benter

 

Springfields 2s 4-0 Lancaster 2s

On Saturday the 17th of January Lancaster 2nd team played against spring fields. Both teams wanted the win, and both were ready.

Lancaster started with passing the ball around the team and made numerous runs into their attacking end, with Williams, Fairhurst taking the team up, however Springs weren't wanting to let any goals in.

Lancaster were awarded with a short corner and despite a great injection for Bunch, and a powerful strike from Davey, Lancaster just couldn't get the ball to find the back of the goal.

Despite Elley's, Gate's, Wilsons and Davey's great defending and Morelands fantastic saves, the final result was 4-0 to Springfields.

Team: E Dorrington, E Walton, K Fairhurst, K Ayrton, A Bunch, C Elley, H Gates (C), M Bedford, C Shatford, S Davey, M Wilson and E Williams

 

Lancaster 3s 0-4 Lancaster Nomads Ladies 1s

Sunday 11th January 2015

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Preston Ladies 1s 5-1 Lancaster 2s

Saturday 10th January 2015

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Neston South Wirral Ladies 1s 2-0 Lancaster 1s

 

Lancaster 2s 0-2 Northern Ladies 1s

A breezy start to 2015 saw Lancaster 2s take on Northern. Lancaster started with high intensity putting pressure on Northern.

Lancaster defence of Chloe Shatford, Shannon Davey and Catherine Elley kept Lancaster tight at the back leaving goalkeeper Sian Moreland with very little to do.

Northern scored against the run of play but Lancaster kept strong keeping it to 0-1 at half time. 

Katie Benter and Helen Gates were key pivots in the centre of the pitch with precision passes to the outlets of Elle Dorrington, Ailsa Bunch, Kate Aryton and Emily Williams.

Unfortunately Lancaster conceded two more goals whilst pushing high for a goal meaning Lancaster lost the match 0-3.

Lancaster 3s 4-0 Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 1s

A new year and new start for Lancaster 3rd team, the end of 2014 saw Lancaster placed 8th in league and in the relegation zone. 

From the first whistle Lancaster pressurised the Clitheroe defence with some excellent strikes by Kane that narrowly missed.

Eventually Lancaster got their break-through following an excellent short corner routine, with Kane striking the ball sweetly.

This boosted the whole team, who continued to drive forward further goals were added by Dodd, Burrows and Case. A fabulous team performance that will hopefully change the fate of the team for the remaining season.

Team: H Mills (GK), S Taylor, G Briggs, B Andrews, B Fletcher, M Harris, M Rawes, E Dodd, K Kane, J Burrows, F Ledward, L Case, C Whitty and C Rawes (C)

Saturday 13th December 2014

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Lancaster 1s 2 - 2 Timperley 1s

On a frosty morning which looked more suited to ice hockey, Lancaster's final game before the Christmas break was one they knew they could win. Buoyed by the return of some experienced players Lancaster started confidently, transferring the ball well across the pitch. After numerous breaks forward, Lancaster earned a penalty corner which found the back of the net. A well worked routine saw Fiona Crackles receive the ball on the left and she drove a low shot towards the goal which Ali Standeven diverted past a stranded goalkeeper. Lancaster were driven on by this great start and Timperely could not cope with Lancaster's speed on the counter attack. It wasn't long before Lancaster doubled their lead, when after a great run from Nicola Benson she found Rebecca Airey who smashed the ball home with a fantastic first time strike. Timperley's only outlet was the long ball which on a couple of occasions found their high striker but Leighan Bleasdale made some great saves to keep them out.

The second half started with Timperley looking the more dangerous team and Lancaster began relying on counter attack play. Timperely were driving players forward and Lancaster were becoming more and more pressed back, which resulted in a flurry of shots at Lancaster's goal but Bleasdale was outstanding keeping them out.

Lancaster could have made it 3-0 when, on the counter attack, Standeven nicked the ball off the last defender, but she rushed her shot and put it wide. Not soon after Timperely found a way past Bleasdale and this put them on the front foot. Eventually Timperely found their equalizer with 10 minutes to go, but Lancaster did not panic and defended solidly keeping their composure in the final few minutes to earn a well deserved point.

Lancaster can go into the Christmas break knowing they can turn around their current league position, if they continue to play positive attacking hockey like the first half today they will continue to progress in the league.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, A Briggs, N Swarbrick, H Andrew, H Johns, F Crackles, N Benson, A Standeven (C), A Park, C Park, R Airey, I Marshall and H Farquharson

Coach: Nick Davey

Saturday 6th December 2014

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Doncaster 1s 4-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Doncaster where they had a delayed start due to the frosty conditions.

Despite the delay, Lancaster started well putting their last meet with Doncaster behind them showing attacking promise early on.

Doncaster scored first finding an overlap on their right hand side, Leighan Bleasdale stretched to save the initial shot but another attacker followed it in for the rebound, hitting the post before knocking it in the back of the net. Their second came shortly after from a cross into the D where an attacker was able to find the gap and slot home.

Eve Park and Anya Briggs played well on the wing offering support to the midfield. Lancaster had a number of chances but luck was not on their side. The ball achingly travelled beyond the reach of Rebecca Airey when the keeper was out of her goal.

Fiona Crackles had a goal disallowed on a short corner due to the umpire feeling it was lifted and the first strike at goal. The goal would have given Lancaster the momentum as for 10 minutes they kept possession and dominated play.

Lancaster conceded the third from a drag flick that bypassed the defenders and keeper who found it difficult tracking it due to the sun. Making it 3-0 at half time

Laura Hayton scored Lancaster’s only goal from a well-worked short corner routine that the Doncaster defence were unable to clear. Doncaster scored again from a deflected shot near post.

The travelling team found themselves with three players off the pitch due to yellow cards but Lancaster found their true form continuing to attack and remaining solid at the back. Park from the back of the pitch took on a number of players showing her skill and composure but there were not enough players to support her.

The positive team performance is what has been lacking in previous games, everyone is looking to fight back and prove they deserve to remain in the league.

Team: R Airey, L Bleasdale (GK), A Briggs, F Crackles, M Harrison, H Johns, I Marshall, E Park, A Standeven (C), N Swarbrick, L Hayton and J Walker

Saturday 29th November 2014

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University of Durham 2s 3-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Durham with the intention of earning 3 points to edge away from the bottom of the table.

Lancaster started the better of the two teams working the ball down the wing with Fiona Crackles displaying her 3D skills taking on the Durham defence. A number of crosses were fired across the D with no one to find the back of the net.

Against the run of play Durham broke, poor marking saw the opposition drive down the back line and attempt to cross to the penalty spot. Goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale dived to cut out the cross but Lancaster were slow to clear the danger. The University side worked the ball around the D and fired into the right corner of the goal.

Lancaster gave away a number of sloppy short corners, Bleasdale fortunately was able to direct the ball away and react to the rebounded shots. The 2nd goal came from a freak deflection off a Lancaster player trying to protect herself from a dangerous shot. The ball looped in the air and crept into the top of the goal. This goal turned the game on its head.

Annie Park scored the only goal for Lancaster, remaining composed in a one on one situation after Ali Standeven fed a ball through into space.

Durham scored again from Lancaster giving possession to the opposition far too easily! The score finishing 3-1. Every member of the team now have to seriously commit to the cause and find last season’s form over the next half of the season if they wish to survive the league.

Team: R Airey, L Bleasdale (GK), A Briggs, F Crackles, M Harrison, H Johns, A Park, E Park, A Standeven (C), N Swarbrick, E Reid and J Walker

 

Lancaster 2s 1-3 Lytham St Annes Ladies 1s

Lancaster started with good passing round the team and attacking play getting into Lytham's D. After many attempts to score, Lancaster were awarded a short corner. A great injection from Katie Benter and a fantastic strike from Shannon Davey straight into the corner resulted in Lancaster winning 1-0. 

Lytham didn't want to lose and kept persevering to Lancaster's D. However Lancaster's keeper Sian Moreland and defence Helen Gates, Shannon Davey, Chloe Shatford and Kirsty Fairhurst weren't giving up. They kept Lytham at bay until they managed to make a lucky break equalising the game to 1-1.

Lytham gained another goal. Both teams fought until the end but the game ended with a 3-1 win to Lytham. 

Team: S Moreland (GK), H Gates, E Dodd, F Ledward, S Davey, K Benter, M Bedford, E Williams, E Walton, E Dorrington, K Fairhurst, C Elley, K Ayrton, L Case and C Shatford

 

Lancaster 3s 2-0 Witton Warriors 1s

Following the success of last week’s second half Lancaster started the game in high spirits and determined to get further points on the board. 

Lancaster changed the formation to ensure they were more attacking from the whistle, a tactic that seemed to pay off. Lancaster dominated the first half, with some excellent passing across the pitch but was unable to capitalise.    

Another positive team talk from injured captain Charlotte Rawes, gave the team a further drive to push forward. Shortly after half time Eve Dodd picked up the ball from a great delivery from Jo Higgs, Dodd took the ball passed the keeper and sweetly passed the ball reverse stick passed the keeper.

Lancaster continued to dominate the across the whole pitch and battled hard against difficult opposition, eventually scoring their second through a well-played out short corner routine where Faye Ledward, swept the ball towards goal and Jess Burrows tapped the ball passed the defence and the keeper. 

It was a fantastic team performance and a much needed win for Lancaster 3rd team, a win that has been in the making over the last few weeks.   This game marked the end of the first half of the season, hopefully the Lancaster 3rd team will continue to go from strength to strength throughout the 2nd half of the season. 

Team: A Symonds (GK), E Dodd, C Rawes (C), G Briggs, J Higgs, M Harris, C Scullion, J Burrows, B Andrews, K Kane, F Ledward, L Grayston-Aldren and H Clegg

Player of the Match:  Eve Dodd 

 

Lytham St Annes Ladies 3s 1-0 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster 4s travelled to Lytham for a top of the table clash in good spirits. An even start to the game saw good possession from both teams but with little chances in created at either end. Lytham’s goal came after Lancaster expected a whistle for an unseen foot. Lytham took advantage with a shot into the bottom corner out of goalkeeper Mills’ reach. Lancaster stepped up their game in their second half and were unlucky not to draw level after a series of short corners. In a game that could have gone either way Lancaster were unfortunate to come home the losing side.

Team:  H Mills (GK)(C), L Armer, S Taylor, G Noakes, S Winn, E Verden, C Whitty, M Rawes, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, E Harris, B Fletcher and B Askham 

Player of the Match:  Sam Taylor

 

Lancaster 5s 1-1 Morecambe 3s

Lancaster 5s met Morecambe 3s for a local derby clash. Unfortunately due to some poor defending by Lancaster early in the match Morecambe took the first goal leaving the home team 1-0 down at half time. 

Lancaster kept strong and managed to bring the score back to a draw with Issy Christopherson scoring Lancaster 5s much longed for first goal of the season.

Team: C Bicknell (GK), J Dixon, L Smith, A Gardner, S Berry, A Bamforth, L Maher, R Westwood, A Olde, K Lindsay, C Hudson, I Christopherson and S Christopherson

Saturday 22nd November 2014

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Lancaster 1s 2-2 Chester Ladies 1s

Lancaster began this game level on points with Chester so Lancaster knew that, ideally, they needed at least a point from this game and they could not have asked for a better start: inside the first 3 minutes Ali Standeven picked up the ball and drove down the right flank finding Fiona Crackles near the by-line. After some great individual skill to lose her marker, Crackles found Hayley Johns in the D who remained composed and slotted the ball home.

Lancaster were jubilant and enjoyed large amounts of possession in the first half trying to find a second goal, but Chester defended well and kept them out. Unfortunately on a rare break into Lancaster's half, Chester found the back of the net to equalise.

Lancaster did not let this affect their spirit and they immediately went on the attack gaining numerous penalty corners. A well worked corner saw Crackles find the back of the net to take Lancaster back into the lead. Lancaster were unlucky not to grab a third goal when Standeven again drove down the right flank and found Julie Walker in the D, but she saw her first time strike hit the inside of the post, roll across the goal line before going past the other post and out for a hit out to Chester. Walker was inches away from taking Lancaster 3-1 up.

Into the second half Lancaster were still in the lead, however their shape and formation seemed to waiver and their possession was a little sloppy, allowing Chester to gain momentum. After a bout of pressure, Chester found the equalizer they were searching for and this took the wind out of Lancaster's sails. With 10 minutes to go, Lancaster were under the cosh and Chester were the ones flooding forward looking for the winner. Lancaster put their all into defence and held on for a much needed point.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, N Swarbrick, E Park, H Andrew, H Johns, F Crackles, A Standeven (C), J Walker, E Reid, A Park and R Airey

 

Formby Ladies 1s 4-0 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster took on a mid-table side Formby and started brightly. However, Formby managed to score quickly after an injury to Davey inside the Lancaster D.

Lancaster pushed Formby gaining a number of short corners but unfortunately they could not be converted into goals.

A penalty flick was awarded to Formby but goalkeeper Sian Moreland stood strong and saved it. The momentum then swung in Lancaster’s favour with Elle Dorrington narrowly missing out from a straight strike and Ailsa Bunch working the channels well.

Emily Williams, Lauren Case, Ellie Walton and Kate Aryton worked well in the midfield to keep the pressure away from the Lancaster defence made up of Helen Gates, Anya Briggs, Catherine Elley and Chloe Shatford however in the second half Formby upped the intensity and with Lancaster down to 9 players due to injuries Formby scored 3 times in quick succession to take the final result to 4-0.

Team: S Moreland (GK), S Davey, H Gates, C Elley, A Briggs, C Shatford, L Case, K Ayrton, E Williams, E Walton, A Bunch and E Dorrington

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

 

Lytham St Annes Ladies 2s 6-3 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster travelled to Lytham on the back of 4 successive defeats; however the team did not let that deter them from their aim. Lancaster started strongly with some excellent play from the midfield of Camille Whitty, Kirsty Carlyle, Faye Ledward and Kelly Kane leading to Kelly Kane just hitting the post.

Lytham eventually came into their own whilst Lancaster let their early determination drop and allowed Lytham to capitalise and slot home 3 goals.

A rousing half time team talk and a more attacking formation allowed Lancaster to drive forward more, unfortunately Lytham broke on the counter attack and went another goal ahead.

Undeterred the Lancaster team kept driving forwards, and a fabulous run from Jess Burrows, saw Lancaster awarded with a short corner.  A slip left from Kelly Kane saw Faye Ledward sweep the ball into the goal passed the Lytham keeper. 

Lancaster then started to believe in themselves and continued driving forwards – a fabulous run down the pitch from Kane twisting and turning until eventually cracking the ball passed the keeper.

Lancaster continued to pile pressure on the Lytham defence and another great short corner routine saw Kane score her second.

Unfortunately Lytham caught Lancaster on the break and snuck a goal passed keeper Abi Symons who had made some excellent saves.  As Lancaster tried to regain possession Lytham managed to capitalise with one further goal.

Despite another loss Lancaster battled hard and at times played some superb hockey, the team fought well to the end of the game and showed excellent determination to the end.

Team: A Symons (GK), G Briggs C Rawes (C), C Scullion, J Burrows, M Harris, C Whitty, K Carlyle, B Andrews, E Dodd, F Ledward and K Kane

Player of the Match: Kelly Kane

 

Lancaster 4s 1-0 Clitheroe & Blackburn Ladies 4s

After the dramatic blood, sweat and tears defeat for the 4s last week against Blackpool, they were certainly hoping to get back to winning ways quickly. The game started well for Lancaster with firm possession and pushing up the pitch, however finishing the chances proved to be difficult and what should have been clear goal-scoring opportunities went begging.

Clitheroe exploited this apprehension and made several probing attacks requiring the defence and goalkeeper to clear the lines. 

The second half began as frustratingly as the first half ended with Lancaster appearing to be lethargic in their play. An injury break ten minutes from time allowed the team to re-group and allow for a much needed pep talk to inspire the team to push for glory.

Each player took note and something clicked into place prompting the 4s into good passing, strong tackles and assertive possession. A ball cleared from the back found Bethany Fletcher and Megan Rawes in the opponents D with Rawes keeping her composure to slot home past a very strong Clitheroe goalkeeper.

A very determined defence kept the persistent Clitheroe threat at bay to ensure the 4s bagged all 3 points. Lancaster 4s move back to second place in what is looking to be a hotly contested league.

Team: H Mills (GK)(C), L Armer, S Taylor, S Winn, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, E Verden, M Rawes, H Clegg, B Askam, E Harris, B Fletcher and C Pearson

Player of the Match: Sophie Winn

 

Leyland & Chorley Ladies 2s 4-0 Lancaster 5s

Following their first points on the board at last week’s match, Lancaster 5s were in good spirits for their game against Leyland and Chorley 2s. Despite only having 10 players for the match and a change in the line-up the first half started well for Lancaster with some good play and passing. Despite this and some excellent saves from goalkeeper Clare Bicknell Leyland and Chorley worked their way to a 2-0 lead in the first half.

After a shaky start to the second half Lancaster needed some good defending to fight off the opposition. Lancaster found their feet again to challenge the opposition and worked together in order to find their way in to the D. Lancaster were unable to convert their efforts into a goal. Leyland and Chorley’s persistent efforts awarded them with 2 further goals in the second half, leaving the final score at 4-0.

Lancaster 5s played well as a team once again, showing great promise for the second half of the season.  

Team: C Bicknell (GK), L Smith, A Bamforth, J Dixon, I Christopherson, J Brindle, A Olde, R Westworth, K Lyndsey and L Maher

Sunday 16th November 2014

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Penrith Ladies 2s 1-1 Lancaster Development Team

Lancaster Development team played away to Penrith in the Netherwood Development League. After having to turning back to collect our centre back, Georgia Noakes, Lancaster dominated the first half playing well as a unit and using lots of communication, confidence and brilliant teamwork. Lancaster were awarded a number of short corners but unfortunately the team were unable to convert into a goal.

The second half saw Penrith dominate more making for a more even match. After a numerous attacking short corners for Lancaster, Emily Williams was finally able to score off a rebounded Kate Ayrton strike at goal. Shortly after Penrith equalised taking the end result to 1-1.

Lancaster were satisfied with the result after a hard-fought second half. Toni Fagan was awarded player of the match, which was very well deserved, from her outstanding positioning and movement around the pitch. Kate Ayrton and Emily Williams also had matching bloody knees, such was their commitment to win the ball.

Team: C Bicknell (GK), G Noakes, B Andrew, T Fagan, O Taylor, L Smith (C), K Ayrton, M Ayrton, J Brindle, A Olde and E Williams

Player of the Match: T Fagan

Saturday 15th November 2014

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Bowdon 2s 5-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster found themselves up against a well organised Bowdon team and with only the first attack of the game Bowdon found the back of the net. Lancaster were rattled by this and made a few unforced errors giving Bowdon more momentum and licence to attack Lancaster's D. Leighan Bleasdale made a number of great stops but could not keep them all out and Bowdon took a 3-0 lead into the break.

At half time Lancaster knew they needed to give Bowdon less respect and play a more aggressive style of hockey, which they did. A great aerial clearance from Laura Hayton found Ali Standeven and she surged forwards. Her cross was well met by Hayley Johns who saw her initial shot well saved, but Rebecca Airey was on hand to slot home the rebound.

Lancaster were jubilant by this and pressed on looking for more goals, they gained a few penalty corners but unfortunately could not convert them. Bowdon managed to soak up this pressure and replied in turn with a few penalty corners of their own, one of which they managed to convert.

Lancaster battled hard and did not give up, but after a yellow card reduced Lancaster to 10, Bowdon again found the net towards the end of the game.

Lancaster need not to feel too downhearted by this result and need to remain confident and positive going into their game against Chester next week.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, M Harrison, E Park, N Swarbrick, H Andrew, A Briggs, E Reid, H Johns, I Marshall, A Standeven (C), A Park and R Airey

 

Lancaster 2s 0-1 Wigton Warriors

With both teams were looking for their first win of the season this was a hard-fought battle. 

Lancaster started by passing it round the team leading to Emily Williams and Julie Walker taking the ball up into our attacking D, with a great strike. However Wigton’s goalkeeper was strong and didn't let the ball see the back of the goal.

After a lot of hard work from Kate Ayrton, Ailsa Bunch, Kirsty Fairhurst and Claire Davies Lancaster again found themselves in Wigton’s D and won themselves a short corner. Despite a great injection from Ailsa Bunch and a super strike from Shannon Davey, Lancaster just couldn't find the goal.

Wigton made a lucky break and managed to find the back of the net despite Ellie Walton, Chloe Shatford, Molly Bedford and Helen Gates’ great defending and some amazing saves from keeper Sian Moreland.

Lancaster kept fighting until the last whistle and pushed themselves into the attacking D numerous times. The ball just couldn't find the back of the goal. The game finished 1-0 to Wigton. 

Team: Sian Moreland, Shannon Davey, Helen Gates, Chloe Shatford, Molly Bedford, Kate Ayrton, Ellie Walton, Emily Williams, Ailsa Bunch, Elle Dorrington and Claire Davies

Player of the Match: Kate Ayrton

 

Fulwood 1s 3-0 Lancaster 3s

The Lancaster team travelled to Preston Sports Arena to play Fulwood. Lancaster got off to a good start with some good runs from forwards Kelly Kane and Eve Dodd. Unfortunately Fulwood broke and scored on the break. An undeterred Lancaster continued to push forwards.  A short corner in the second half saw the best chance for Lancaster with a great move which was just saved by the goalkeeper.

Another two good short corners from Fulwood left the final score 3 nil to the home team.

Team: A Symons (GK), C Rawes, G Briggs, K Kane, C Shatford, C Scullion, M Harris, B Andrews, E Dodd, F Ledward, E Walton and H Clegg

Player of the Match: Kelly Kane and Ellie Walton

 

Lancaster 4s 0-2 Blackpool Ladies 3s

 

Clitheroe & Blackburn Ladies 4s 0-0 Lancaster 5s

Lancaster started at a disadvantage with only 9 players on the pitch. Both teams played well and Clitheroe had a number of shots on goals but failed to capitalise. The second half saw Lancaster up their game but just like Clitheroe they failed to score despite shots on target. The final score stayed at 0-0 giving Lancaster 5s their first point of the season.

Team: J Dixon, L Duncalf, S Berry, A Gardner, I Christopherson, S Christopherson, J Brindle, C Bicknell (GK), A Olde, R Westworth and L Johnston

Player of the Match: Janet Dixon & Clare Bicknell

Saturday 8th November 2014

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Lancaster 1s 1-2 Sheffield Hallam 1s

It took a last gasp strike from Sheffield to snatch a much needed point from Lancaster's grasp and on the balance of play, Lancaster deserved at least a point from this game but it was just not to be.

Lancaster began the game in a confident mood, buoyed by the return of two experienced stalwarts in Katie Benter and Julie Walker to bolster the squad. It took only 5 minutes for Lancaster to find the back of the net. After some great build up play from Laura Hayton down the right, Nina Swarbrick found herself some space on the edge of the D and smashed the ball into the bottom corner. Lancaster did not sit back on their laurels and caused Sheffield all sorts of problems, with great pressing from Walker and Annie Park, forcing Sheffield into mistakes. A great layoff from Walker to Ali Standeven at the top of the D was hammered goal wards but it was well saved by Sheffield's keeper. Lancaster were the much better team in the first half and were unlucky not to have more than one goal to their name.

The 2nd half started a little brighter for Sheffield who pressed Lancaster but Lancaster remained strong and utilised their substitutes well. Fiona Crackles and Hayley Johns worked tirelessly in midfield and continued to create opportunities for the strikers. Leanne Bleasedale made some fantastic, point blank saves to keep Lancaster in the lead.

But with only 10 minutes to go, Sheffield were thrown a life line. A strike on goal was adjudged to have hit a Lancaster foot on the line and Sheffield were awarded a penalty stroke which they converted. Sheffield then threw everything at Lancaster, playing with 3 high strikers, and with the final shot of the game they found a winner.

Lancaster were understandably devastated at the final whistle, but they need to keep their heads high and keep fighting. If they continue to play with the fight and spirit they have shown so far, the results will come and their hard work will pay off.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, K Benter, L Hayton, N Swarbrick, E Park, H Johns, F Crackles, A Standeven (C), A Park, R Airey, I Marshall and J Walker

 

Carlisle Ladies 1s 7-0 Lancaster 2s

On Saturday Lancaster took on a strong Carlisle side in a bottom of the table crunch match, Carlisle took an early lead after a well-executed short corner was buried in the bottom right corner. Lancaster fought back quickly with Williams, Walton, Davies and Dorrington holding up play in the oppositions half. Against the run of play Carlisle scored another 2 in quick succession to put them 3-0 ahead at half time. Lancaster defended well with Shatford, Elley, Davies, Gates, Bedford and Aryton holding the back line strong against wave after wave of attack from Carlisle. The finishing result ended up 7-0 but Lancaster played with pride and never gave up.

 

Lancaster 3s 2-3 Longridge Ladies 2s

 

Garstang 3s 0-6 Lancaster 4s

On paper this looked like it should have been a straightforward fixture for the 4s against local rivals Garstang. However, there is no room for complacency as the 4s were looking to maintain their 100% league record.

Lancaster started the game with a huge spring in their step dominating play for large periods of the game, strong passing and positive possession lead to a 3 goal advantage at half-time.

The momentum of the first half carried on into the second half with the girls having the freedom to play high up the pitch and keep pressing.

Lancaster's defence combined well to quickly and confidently shut down any Garstang attack with Noakes taking control of the back line. 3 more second half goals, including a hatrick from Warburton meant the 4s headed home with another 3 points and clean sheet in preparation for a top-of-the table game against Blackpool next weekend.

Team: H Mills (C) (GK), L Armer, S Winn, G Noakes, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, E Verden, M Rawes, C Whitty, E Harris, A Warburton and B Fletcher 

 

Lancaster 5s  0-1 Lancaster Nomads 2s

Saturday 1st November 2014

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Lancaster 1s 0-6 Doncaster Ladies 1s

It has been a testing few weeks for Lancaster as results have not gone their way, but the youthful squad have shown their resilience and determination afresh each week. Their drive and spirit has been unfounded and the same was again true this week.

Doncaster started brightly and put Lancaster under immediate pressure, but Lancaster were very disciplined and held their shape well thwarting any opportunities Doncaster created. After 25 minutes it was still 0-0 and Doncaster were becoming frustrated as Lancaster were not giving them any time on the ball.

Lancaster managed to capitalise on Doncaster's mistakes and were unlucky not to find the back of the net on a couple of occasions. Unfortunately, after a spate of penalty corners Doncaster made one count with the help of a wicked deflection and they took this lead into the break.

Lancaster were buoyant with their first half display and knew they were still in this game and could carve out some openings. Lancaster immediately put Doncaster under pressure with a fantastic display from Heather Andrew in midfield driving the team forward. After a penalty corner, she found the back of the net but it was correctly chalked off for a technicality.

Doncaster instantly responded with a break down field and doubled their lead.

Lancaster kept pressing forward knowing they had to look for goals, and this press left them susceptible to counter-attacks which is exactly what happened.

Lancaster continued to maintain their high intensity, but due to an injury in the first five minutes Lancaster had to play the majority of the game with no substitutes. They just could not compete with the fresh legs Doncaster brought into the game and despite all their best efforts, Lancaster understandably grew tired as the game went into the final 15 minutes. This is when Doncaster capitalised and they scored their final 4 goals on counter attack play.

The final score line was a little harsh on Lancaster, but all credit to them they kept battling and working hard until the final whistle.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), M Harrison, L Hayton, A Briggs, N Swarbrick, E Park, H Johns, H Andrew, A Standeven (C), R Airey, A Park and L Grayston-Aldren

 

Pendle Forest 1s 3-1 Lancaster 2s

On Saturday Lancaster 2s took on the top of the league, Pendle. Shatford, Elley, Bedford and Gates held out strong against a tough attacking side keeping out what felt like hundreds of short corners.

Lancaster broke free through the pace of Williams and Dorrington who supplied walker with a strong pass to the centre spot which walker slotted away.

Finding it hard to keep possession Pendle equalised before half time but Lancaster didn't give up and fought bravely but unfortunately there offence was too strong and Lancaster lost 3-1 despite outstanding goalkeeping and a great team spirit!

Team: K Ayrton, M Bedford, L Case, C Davies, E Dorrington, C Elley, K Fairhurst, H Gates (C), S Moreland (GK), C Shatford, J Walker and E Williams

 

Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Caley Trophy

Witton Warriors Ladies 1s 5-2 Lancaster 3s

Due to half term Lancaster 3s fielded a different team again this week, with 4 players making their first 3rd team debut: Megan Rawes, Ali Warburton, Emily Verden and Beth Andrews.

Throughout the first half Lancaster struggled to keep up with the strength and determination of the well organised home team.   Unfortunately despite some excellent saves by Abi Symons, and a save on the line by captain Charlotte Rawes, Lancaster were unable to stop the force of the Warriors team.

The rousing half time team talk meant Lancaster came out stronger, and less intimidated. Using their strength and asset  their pace Lancaster eventually counter attacked and a quick ball out of defence to Megan Rawes saw Megan beat the Witton midfield and play a fabulous ball to Emily Verden who in turn struck the ball sweetly passed the Witton keeper.

This spurred the young Lancaster team who all defended well and another ball reached Emily Verden who outpaced the Witton midfield and defence dribbling the ball from just inside the defending half way mark to the attacking circle.  Another fabulous shot was slotted passed the keeper.

Witton pressured the Lancaster team throughout the whole game, and worked well as unit creating another couple of goals in the 2nd half.

The fixture saw great battling all around the pitch from the young Lancaster team, special mentions to defence of Sam Taylor, Abi Symons and man of the match on her debut Beth Andrews. There was excellent play from other debutants; Megan Rawes, Ali Warburton and Emily Verden who all fitted in well to the new team and played some excellent hockey against a tough opposition.

Team: A Symons (GK), E Dodd, C Rawes (C), M Rawes, A Warburton, M Harris, E Walton, E Verden, B Andrews, S Taylor, F Ledward and H Clegg

Player of the Match:  Beth Andrews

 

Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Lishman Plate

Lancaster 4s 0-3 Springfields Ladies 4s

The prediction of a tough game vs higher league Springfields 4s in the cup was not wrong as Lancaster 4s were knocked out in a 3-nil score line that did not reflect the hard work put in by the home team.

With a changed team in comparison to last week's victory the 4s just couldn't do enough to break down the continuous waves of well-played attacks from Springfields. Despite this pressure the 4s have a lot to be pleased with: a very determined performance with lots to move forward with.

Very much deserved Player of the Match went to Lily Armer who is continuing to grow in confidence with each game.

Team: H Mills (GK) (C), S Berry, A Bamforth, G Noakes, L Armer, A Gardner, S Winn, C Whitty, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, E Harris, B Fletcher and M Woods

Saturday 25th October 2014

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City of York Ladies 1s 2-0 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to York for their War of the Roses game looking for 3 points.

York started the better of the two teams hassling the Lancaster midfield and working the ball round the back of the defence earning a number of short corners. Mollie Harrison and Laura Hayton were relentless in clearing the ball away. York scored their first goal from the 3rd attempted strike at a short corner after Leighan Bleasdale saved the initial two.

York’s second goal came from a break down the left hand side of the pitch when Lancaster pushed high to try and get the equaliser. Making the score 2-0 at half time.

After the interval Lancaster came out a different team, winning the 50/50 balls and keeping possession. Hayley Johns and Fiona Crackles kept working to a high intensity out-letting the ball to the Lancaster forward line but the ball couldn’t find its way into the back of the goal.

Rebecca Airey, Kirsty Fairhurst and Anya Briggs all made debut performances and should be proud of battling until the end to keep the second half score to 0-0.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, H Johns, F Crackles, A Standeven (C), A Park, E Park, H Andrew, R Airey, A Briggs, K Fairhurst and M Harrison

 

Lancaster 2s 0-2 Liverpool Sefton Ladies 2s

On the 25th of October Lancaster 2nds played against Liverpool Sefton. The score was 2-0 to Liverpool however this didn't reflect how Lancaster performed.

The game started with Julie Walker, Leeanne Grayston-Aldren and Katie Benter taking the team forward to the goal. Unfortunately Lancaster just couldn't make it count in the d, despite their great efforts.

Lancaster did however have possession for most of the game. Liverpool Sefton just managed to score two quick goals. Lancaster's defence: Helen Gates, Kate Ayrton, Katie Benter, Chloe Shatford, Gill Briggs and keeper Sian Moreland tried their best and kept the intensity high but just couldn't prevent Liverpool's strong attackers from scoring.

Even after some great short corners from Emily Williams, Ailsa Bunch, Claire Davies and Lauren Case the score still ended with Liverpool winning 2-0.

Team: S Moreland (GK), E Dorrington, H Gates, C Shatford, K Benter, A Bunch, K Ayrton, G Briggs, L Case, E Williams, J Walker, C Davies and L Grayston-Aldren

Player of the Match: Katie Benter

 

Lancaster 4s 4-0 Lancaster & Morecambe Ladies 3s

The sun was shining as the fourth team looked to extend their unbeaten start to the season against local rivals Lancaster & Morecambe. Lancaster started the game brightly with long spells of possession and strong attacking play. Morecambe's defence held out well but they couldn't clear their lines to deny a tap-in following a goal mouth scramble. A well worked short corner allowed Lancaster to double their lead before half time.

Despite Morecambe stepping up their attacking play after the break, two second half goals sealed the victory for Lancaster. They take their 100% league start into a tough cup game against Springfields next week.

Team: H Mills (GK)(C), L Armer, S Taylor, M Woods, B Andrews, E Verden, M Rawes, C Whitty, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, E Harris, B Fletcher and S Winn

Player of the Match: Emily Verden

 

Sunday 19th October 2014

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Keswick Ladies 2s 1-1 Lancaster Development 

The development team were short of a goalkeeper this Sunday so outfield player Olivia Taylor stepped up and volunteered, which turned out to be a brilliant decision, making some excellent saves.

Toni Fagan played fantastic in centre midfield, intercepting the opposition’s passes and driving them up to our forwards.

Katy Lindsay also played midfield and had the difficult task of having two adults constantly barging her but even though they were forceful she kept strong and won the ball time after time.

Emily Verden came from the midway point and dribbled the ball past three defenders into the D and with her first strike on goal she scored an excellent individual goal.  

The ball was up and down the pitch over the course of the match and Keswick managed to get a goal back drawing it level.

Keswick had some very skilful juniors like Lancaster with Beth Andrews played some beautiful trick shots by chipping the ball over sticks and driving the ball up to the D.

Team: K Lindsay, A Olde, A Warburton, A Gardner, G Noakes, O Taylor (GK), E Verden, E Harris, T Fagan, C Whitty (C), B Andrews and J Brindle

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews

Saturday 18th October 2014

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Lancaster 1s 1-4 Didsbury Northern 1s

Lancaster were looking for their first win since the opening day after back to back draws, but unfortunately they found themselves up against a strong and organised Didsbury team.

Lancaster were immediately put under pressure with Didsbury attacking from all angles, but Lancaster's young defensive partnership of Laura Hayton and Mollie Harrison stood firm and managed to keep Didsbury at bay.

Nina Swarbrick was solid in the centre of the pitch directing play and commanding her area and goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale saved an onslaught of shots in the first 15 minutes. Lancaster could not find an outlet out and after a wave of pressure, Didsbury found the back of the net.

Lancaster needed to be more patient on the ball and in the second half they did just this, playing fast attacking hockey with Fiona Crackles and Hayley Johns driving the team forward. However with Lancaster looking for an equaliser, they were caught on the break and Didsbury doubled their lead.

In quick succession Didsbury then got their 3rd and then their 4th, but all credit to Lancaster they did not give up and kept running and pressing. Eve Park and Annie Park worked well up the left and Emma Reid, Izzy Marshall and Heather Andrew continued to harass the opposition. 

Every single Lancaster player ran their socks off, encouraging each other to keep going and they earned a number of penalty corners. From one, a great shot from Fiona Crackles found the back of the net and Lancaster pressed on, but time was not on their side and Disbury ran out with all 3 points.

Captain Ali Standeven could not have been prouder of the team; the resilience and determination they showed even after going behind was a credit to them all. Lancaster need to continue to remain positive and be confident in their abilities and the results will come!

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), N Swarbrick, H Johns, A Standeven (C), H Andrew, L Hayton, F Crackles, E Reid, I Marshall, E Park, A Park and M Harrison

 

University of Liverpool Women’s 1s 4-1 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster started well transferring the ball efficiently round the back four and feeding the ball to the midfield allowing Rebecca Airey and Helen Clegg to have numerous runs down the left and into the attacking D.

Lancaster kept persevering into the D but Liverpool's defence and goalkeeper stood strong and kept clearing the ball away. Liverpool broke and made it into Lancaster's D and despite goalkeeper Sian Moreland’s best efforts they managed to find the back of the net.

Lancaster didn’t let this faze them and weren’t going to give up. Liverpool were chasing a further goal and Lancaster were eager for a draw, Lancaster finally made a well-deserved break; Rebecca Airey leading the team in attack through the midfield and into the D where Julie Walker found the back of the net  equalizing the game.

Liverpool managed to make a lucky break and quickly got another goal making the game 2-1 to Liverpool. Lancaster again didn’t want to give up and Julie Walker and Leeanne Grayston-Aldren continued to pass it between them into the D. However, the ball couldn’t find the back-board even with the some great short corners from Claire Davies, Ailsa Bunch and Emily Williams.

Team: S Moreland (GK), A Briggs, E Dorrington, S Davey, H Gates (C), A Bunch, R Airey, H Clegg, L Grayston-Aldren, E Williams, J Walker and C Davies

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

 

Lancaster 3s 0-5 Leyland and Chorley Ladies 1s

Lancaster started the game fired up knowing they were playing strong opposition, with Leyland and Chorley not yet dropping any points in the league.

Leyland and Chorley started strong and from the off they put the Lancaster defence under pressure, playing some great hockey.

Lancaster managed to make a few breaks in the second half with some runs through to the attacking D but did not have the ability to convert this into any goals.

Despite persistent defending from the Lancaster back line of Gill Briggs, Kate Aryton, Chloe Shatford and Sophie Cocker and some great saves from Lancaster goalkeeper Abi Symonds Leyland and Chorley were just too strong for Lancaster on this occasion.

Team: A Symonds (GK), E Wood, G Briggs, S Cocker, K Ayrton, Z Hall, F Ledwood, E Dodd, B Askham, M Freeman, J Higgs and C Shatford

 

Leyland and Chorley Ladies 2s 1-3 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster 4s continued their unbeaten record with a trip to Leyland and Chorley Ladies 2s. Both teams started the game strongly with Leyland making the most of an early chance from a short corner to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Lancaster equalised soon after which spurred on their attacking game. Leyland had two close chances to take the lead but Lancaster goalkeeper Clare Bicknell kept it level with some quick reaction saves.

Lancaster had a goal disallowed just before the whistle from Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite after the ball was judged not to have left the D from a short corner strike and the half came to an end at 1-1.

The 4s upped their game in the second half with lots of possession play in the opponents half. A solid performance from the defence limited Leyland’s chances to add to their goals. Lancaster’s speedy play down the wings proved difficult for Leyland to deal with which allowed Lancaster to take the lead early on.

The final goal of the game came when Beth Fletcher converted from a short corner strike.

It was another strong performance from Lancaster 4s which they hope to take forward into next week’s local derby vs Lancaster and Morecambe. Lancaster 4s currently lie top of the league.

Team: S Taylor, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, C Whitty, M Rawes, E Verden, B Andrews, C Bicknell (GK), B Fletcher, A Warburton, E Harris, S Winn and L Armer

Player of the Match: Emily Verden

 

Lancaster 5s 0-1 Lytham St Anne’s Ladies 3s

Lancaster had a timid start with the majority of the team being new to the league and to each other. They played well as a team and towards the end of the first half were having a few shots on target and doing well with their defending. The score was kept to 0-0 at half time.

The opposition came out strong in the second half and almost immediately managed to score an outfield goal to take the score to 1-0.

Lancaster played well as a team for the rest of the match and their confidence grew with each pass that was played. Unfortunately despite two excellent short corners from Lancaster they narrowly missed out on an equaliser denying Lancaster their first goal of the season.

Team: V Perry (GK), L Smith, S Berry, A Bamforth, J Dixon, I Christopherson, L Johnstone, M Green, O Taylor, J Ashworth, R Snalam and J Brindle

Player of the Match: Olivia Taylor

Saturday 11th October 2014

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Timperley Ladies 1s 1-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Timperley looking to improve on their point against Neston last week. However it was Timperley who started the brighter of the two teams penning Lancaster back in their own half and putting Lancaster's defence under pressure. But the partnership of Laura Hayton and Heather Andrew remained strong and soon Lancaster began to dominate possession and play the fast free flowing hockey they have become accustomed to.

Fiona Crackles made countless runs through the middle creating opportunities aplenty but unfortunately Lancaster could not find the breakthrough goal they were looking for. Lancaster remained patient and eventually their persistence paid off. Lancaster were finding a lot of room down the right flank and Hayley Johns was in the right place to turn in a cross from Ali Standeven to take Lancaster into the lead. 

But this lead did not last long and after a hopeful long ball found it's way into the D, Timperley managed to find an equaliser from a deflected shot.

In the second half the game became a little more scrappy, with both teams giving away possession. As the game went on Timperley seemed to tire and Lancaster gained numerous penalty corners, but could not capitalise on these opportunities and Timperely held on for the draw.

Lancaster have had a tumultuous time recently seeing a few changes in the team, but the spirit of the team has never faltered and it is credit to all the players and their enthusiasm that will continue to drive the team forward. Onwards and upwards! 

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, E Reid, N Swarbrick, G Robertson (C), H Johns, F Crackles, A Standeven, A Park, I Marshall, E Dorrington and H Andrew

Player of the Match: Fiona Crackles  

 

Lancaster 2s 1-2 Preston Ladies 1s

Lancaster 2nd team faced Preston 1s at home with a real chance to rebuild our confidence and to come together as more of a team. Following a successful midweek training session the team went out harder and more confident than the previous games. Unfortunately we weren’t able to make it count in the D and came away with a 2-1 loss. Fantastic play by Helen Gates who was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ for the second week in a row.

Team: S Moreland (GK), H Gates, S Davey, R Airey, A Briggs, M Bedford, A Bunch, K Fairhurst, E Williams, L Case, J Walker, C Elley, K Ayrton and F Ledward         

Player of the Match: Helen Gates

 

Lancaster Nomads 1s 0-0 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster 3s faced Lancaster Nomads 1s in the local derby match. Nomads started strongly with numerous runs through the midfield and into the Lancaster D. Lancaster however defended well and managed to keep the ball away from the goal.

The match was fast paced and both teams worked well. Lancaster came out fighting in the second half and managed to get more play in their own half. Nomads were persistent in their efforts and had numerous shots on goal which were expertly saved by Lancaster ‘keeper Abi Symons.

Each team took away one point and keen for the rematch later in the season.

Team: G Briggs, C Shatford, C Rawes (C), K Ayrton, E Dodd, E Wood, S Taylor, B Askham, F Ledward, J Burrows, M Freeman, M Harris and A Symons (GK)

Player of the Match: Abi Symons (GK)

 

Lancaster 4s 15-0 Lancaster 5s

Club loyalty was pushed to one side when two of Lancaster’s teams met on the 11th October. Lancaster 4s played well with a new team gaining a 7-0 lead at half time.

The second half saw the 5s battle back hard and despite a few shots on goal they were unable to break the 4s clean sheet.

4s: H Mills (C) (GK), S Taylor, B Andrews, E Verden, M Rawes - 4 Goals, C Whitty, L Armer, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, B Fletcher, A Warburton and C Pearson 

Player of the Match (4s): Emily Verden

5s: S Winn, I Christopherson, E Harris, S Christopherson, S Berry, L Johnston, B Myerscough, M Green, L Smith, P Henderson (C), O Taylor

Sunday 5th October 2014

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Lancaster Development 0-3 Kirkby Stephen 

Saturday 4th October 2014

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Lancaster 1s 2-2 Neston South Wirral 1s

Lancaster 1s welcomed newly promoted Neston South Wirral on Saturday looking to shake off last week’s defeat.

Lancaster looked a revitalised team and had much of the possession in the first ten minutes, Nina Swarbrick working well with Fiona Crackles and Grace Robertson on the wing who fed some lovely balls through to the Lancaster forward line.

Against the run of play Lancaster conceded a short corner and Neston took the opportunity to make it 1-0. Lancaster remained composed and continued to play their own style of hockey knowing that a goal would come.

The home side won a short corner; the ball was fed to Robertson whose shot was initially saved but she followed the ball and scored off the rebound.

The second Lancaster goal came immediately after, Crackles worked the ball up the left hand side of the pitch and crossed into the D where Robertson was there to fire a shot straight into the corner of the goal. Unfortunately due to a defensive mix up in the Lancaster D the lead wasn’t held for long, Neston managed to come straight back and score off a shot to the right hand corner. Making the score 2-2 at half time.

It was nice to welcome Katie Benter back into the defensive ranks who offered stability in the second half when tension began to run through both teams and yellow cards were shown.

Ali Standeven nearly scored the winner but the ball achingly hit the post. The final score finishing 2-2.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, M Harrison, E Reid, N Swarbrick, G Robertson (C), K Benter,  H Johns, F Crackles, A Standeven, A Park, E Park and H Andrew

 

Northern Ladies 1s 7-0 Lancaster 2s

 

Lancaster 3s 2-3 Springfields 3s

Lancaster 3s played their first home game against a strong Springfields team. Lancaster were looking for a repeat performance of their win the previous week. Lancaster gained the first push back and were solid in their attack. Play was very even for the first 10 minutes but Lancaster were unlucky and conceded the first goal.

Lancaster kept their heads down and got straight back into the game with some lovely one-two passing which paid off with a tap in goal from Jo Higgs off a cross from Eve Dodd. Shortly after Lancaster’s team play continued allowing Jess Burrows to drive the ball into the D and strike the ball into the back of the goal taking Lancaster to 2-1 up just before half time.

The second half was again very even to begin with, but unfortunately Springfields worked well to score another goal. Lancaster began to flag toward the end but maintained some solid passing and used their skills well. However, a deflection off one of the Lancaster defence took the score to 3-2 to Springfields just before the final whistle. Lancaster were unlucky not to get any additional goals but came out with their spirits high and a few good points work on in training for their next match against local rivals Lancaster Nomads 1s.

Team: A Symons (GK), K Benter, C Shatford, J Higgs, B Askham, M Bedford, E Dodd, J Burrows (C), K Ayrton, S Taylor, G Briggs, S Wilson and H Clegg

Player of the Match: Kate Ayrton

 

Lancaster 4s 4-0 Lancaster Nomads 2s

Lancaster 4s got their season underway with a local derby against newly formed Lancaster Nomads 2s. Lancaster started the game brightly with good possession and were unfortunate not to convert from Chris Pearson's early positive runs down the right.

The deadlock was broken when Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite's chip fooled the Nomads defence which allowed Fletcher to slot the ball past the keeper. Megan Rawes' persistence doubled Lancaster's lead before the half time whistle.

Lancaster continued the second half as they left off linking up play in the middle to allow Megan  Rawes to add to the goals from a well worked possession spell.

The final goal for Lancaster came from Chris Pearson with a neat finish into the corner from a tight angle. Lancaster were unfortunate not too add to their tally after failing to get the final touch on a ball fired into the D from a Lancaster defender.

A late surge from Nomads bought goalkeeper Hayley Mills into action but she reacted well to keep a clean sheet for the 4s. A positive start to the season from a young Lancaster team.

Team: H Mills (GK&C), S Taylor, C Pearson, B Andrews, C Whitty, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, M Rawes, E Verden, B Fletcher, L Armer, A Warburton, M Woods, A Bamforth and S Cocker

Player of the Match: Bethany Fletcher

 

Lancaster 5s 0-2 Blackpool 3s

Lancaster started at a disadvantage with only 10 players on the pitch which allowed Blackpool to take the advantage and score late into the first half. Despite great defending and a full squad in the second half and some great shots on goal Lancaster were unable to score and their first game of the season ended with no points and a 2-0 win to the visiting team.

Team: C Bicknell (GK), L Smith, A Bamforth, S Berry, R Addison, M Green, M Turner, S Winn, E Harris, C Hudson and N Jameson

Saturday 27th September 2014

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Springfields 1s 4-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster 1s travelled to Preston to play Springfields 1s for their derby game. The team were looking to build on last week’s performance and gain another 3 points. Springfields had other ideas and started the game more aggressively and positively across the pitch; winning a number of short corners early on. Grace Robertson and Nicola Benson defended the short corners well, using their experience from the previous friendly against Springfields.

Goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale was called into action a number of times and was forced to make a number of fine saves. Springfields scored 2 in the first half, one from a lifted shot through a crowded D and another from a deflected short corner routine.

Due to lapses in concentration and giving away possession, Bleasdale found herself having to deal with a number of one on one situations and inevitably Springfields scored two more.

The Lancaster attacking line did not give up, Robertson crossed the ball to Ali Standeven who smashed it into the goal leaving the final score 4-1. Although the taste of defeat hurt the newly formed 1st Team, much can be learnt going forward as players begin to gel with one another.

Team: L Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, M Harrison, E Reid, N Swarbrick, G Robertson (C), N Benson, H Johns, F Crackles, A Standeven, A Park, E Park and H Andrew

 

Lancaster 2s 1-9 Springfields 2s

Lancaster 2s played Springfields 2s for their first home fixture of the 2014/15 season. After their first taster in a new league the previous weekend there was a much better idea of what to expect. The team kept pace with the game easier and worked hard for 50/50 balls to ensure we had the upper hand for attacking plays. Unfortunately we were able to convert these passages of play in to goals and suffered a defeat. There is plenty still to learn so it's great to see everyone still has a positive attitude. 

Team: A Symons (GK), H Gates, I Marshall, S Davey, A Briggs, C Elley, K Fairhurst, A Bunch, L Case, I Marshall (C), J Walker, E Walton, E Williams and L Grayston-Aldren

 

Clitheroe & Blackburn Northern Ladies 3s 0-1 Lancaster 3s

Following a delayed push-back Clitheroe started strong for the first ten minutes. However, with a strong defence Lancaster managed to fight back and take control of the match. The majority of the first half was played in Lancaster’s favour with many shots on target and good attacking play from the midfield through to the forwards but unfortunately it remained 0-0 at half time.

The second half was much more even providing the Lancaster defence with the opportunity to use their skills to win the ball back and return it back to an attacking play. A great run from Rebecca Airey from midfield down the wing led to a fantastic cross into the D which was converted by Emma Wood to take the lead.

With 10 minutes left to play Lancaster fought to keep hold of the three points. Clitheroe had a couple of great chances but Lancaster goalkeeper Sian Moreland made some fantastic saves to give Lancaster the win.

Team: S Moreland (GK), G Briggs, S Taylor, C Shatford, A Tidswell, R Airey, J Burrows, B Askham, E Wood, E Dodd, C Whitty and F Ledward

Player of the Match: Rebecca Airey

Sunday 21st September 2014

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Marton Furness U16 0-1 Lancaster U16

Lancaster U16 started their National Championship competition with an away triangular competition against Marton Furness and Springfields.

The first game saw some fast paced and skilful hockey, Lancaster pressured the Marton Furness defence  from the offset with Faye Ledward leading the side. Elle Dorrington and Rebecca Airey used the width of the pitch and used their skills to eliminate players and cross balls into the D where Annie Park, Bethany Fletcher and Ali Warburton were waiting eagerly to shoot at goal.

Lancaster despite many chances were unable to break the deadlock. In the 2nd half Lancaster won a number of short corners which were defended well by Marton Furness. All of Lancaster strikes were achingly saved wide of the post. With minutes to spare the team changed the short corner routine, Fiona Crackles received the ball at the top of the D and powerfully hit the back board much to the delight of the travelling support.

 

Springfields U16 3-0 Lancaster U16

The second game was against an organised Springfields team who had fresh legs to break the Lancaster defence and score two early goals. The Lancaster girls undeterred continued to play their hockey and fought hard throughout the match.

Anya Briggs and Eve Park controlled the back four. Kate Ayrton and Molly Bedford continued to outlet the ball to Airey and Crackles who worked the ball up the pitch.

Despite attacking play from Lancaster, Springfields were able to counter attack, Abi Bedford made some fine saves but inevitably the opposition found a final goal leaving the score 3-0.

The Springfields Team complimented Lancaster on their style of play and strong defence and wished us luck further in the competition.

Team: A Symons (GK), F Ledward (C), E Dorrington, R Airey, A Briggs, A Park, E Park, K Ayrton, A Warburton, F Crackles, M Bedford, B Andrews and B Fletcher

Player of the Match: Fiona Crackles

Saturday 20th September 2014

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Lancaster 1s 2-0 Brooklands Poynton 2

Lancaster 1st Team opened the new season with a home match against Brooklands Poynton 2nds with several new team members in Fiona Crackles, Laura Hayton, Heather Andrew, Annie Park and Eve Park making debut performances.

The effective structure from last season’s players allowed the new players to slip in to their positions comfortably, which allowed the team to produce some dynamic hockey.

Lancaster had a nervous start to the game and missed several opportunities for an early goal but dominated play. With no score at half time, both teams came back with determination but Lancaster scored a beautiful goal, which was set up by a crossing ball from Ali Standeven and Nicola Benson knocking into the corner of the goal. With a 1-0 lead Lancaster’s confidence grew and the second goal came from a short corner, Brooklands saved the first strike by Captain Grace Robertson but the second shot from Hayton was slipped in to the bottom right corner of the goal.

Good defence work was played by Mollie Harrison, Heather Andrew, Laura Hayton, Emma Reid and Eve Park with several impressive saves from Leighan Bleasdale. The midfield trio made up of Benson, Robertson and Nina Swarbrick linked the defence and strong attackers, which proved too much for the opposition but gave Lancaster a confident start to the exciting new season ahead.

Team: Leighan Bleasdale (GK), L Hayton, M Harrison, E Reid, N Swarbrick, G Robertson ©, N Benson, H Johns, F Crackles, A Standeven, A Park, E Park and H Andrew.

Player of the Match: A Standeven

Saturday 3rd May 2014

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North Women's Clubs Tournament

The North Hockey Association held their North Women's Clubs Tournament Saturday 3rd April at Chester Hockey Club. The tournament was to provide newly promoted teams from the various district leagues a taster of playing in the North league. As the winner of the Central Lancashire Women's Hockey Association Premier division Lancaster 2nd Team were invited to compete.

All teams played a 30min one way match against each other with the winner crowned for the most games won. Lancaster's first game, against Carlisle, quickly introduced them to the North standard. The game was played at a high intensity, putting Lancaster under pressure from the off. Carlisle scored 3, Lancaster 0.

The second game was against eventual winners Lymm. The majority of the match was played in Lancaster's final quarter and with some fantastic goal keeping from Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle the score was kept to Lymm 7, Lancaster 0.

Liverpool Sefton 2 provided further tough opposition in match 3. Unfortunately Lancaster's heads had gone down after the first two games and mistakes crept in. Poor passing invited pressure and Sefton put 3 past the defence.

The final match was against Richmond Roses from Durham, who were more of an equal to Lancaster. Lancaster put on a good performance, played some excellent pass and move hockey and had a number of attacks on goal, including 4 penalty corners. Unable to capitalise, Lancaster ended without a goal scored. Richmond score twice to seal Lancaster's fate at the bottom of the table.

The tournament did provide Lancaster with an eye opener into the quality of hockey expected from their forthcoming season. The movement off the ball, pace of passing and intensity of the matches were all much greater than the Lancashire Central League. Lancaster 2s can use this insight and look forward to the challenge of the forthcoming season.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, B Hay, H Gates, S Davey, A Bunch, E Belshire, E Williams, E Park, C Davies, A Park, L Bale and L Case

Saturday 5th April 2014

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Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Lishman Plate Final

Springfields Ladies 4s 2-1 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster went into the game with high hopes and nothing to lose and started with enthusiasm and determination. This paid off with a goal in the first 5 minutes from Emma Wood after the ball was worked well through the midfield by Jess Burrows and Alice Tidswell.

Lancaster kept up the intensity with encouraging runs down the wings. However Springfields soon broke down the strong defence and scored to make it level at half time.

Lancaster went into the second half with everything to play for. Both teams kept up the intensity, resulting in cards to both teams. Springfields gained a penalty corner and scored their second from a well-worked set piece.

Lancaster defence gave away a penalty flick in the last five minutes of the game. A fantastic save from goalkeeper Hayley Mills kept Lancaster in the game.

Lancaster went on to fight to the bitter end with a great run from midfield all the way to their attacking D from Sam Taylor but the Springfields keeper kept the ball out as the umpire blew for the final whistle. 

Team: H Mills, S Taylor, C Shatford, A Briggs, H Price, H Clegg, J Burrows, A Tidswell, E Wood, E Dodd, J Ashworth, K Ayrton, J Burrow, G Gledhill and M Woods (C)

Player of the Match: Sam Taylor

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Saturday 22nd March 2014

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Witton Warriors 1s 0-2 Lancaster 3s

Saturday saw a relegation battle between Lancaster 3s and Witton Warriors, the winner securing safety to end the season. Having met three weeks earlier and taking a point each, Lancaster knew they would have to perform to their best.

The first half saw both teams start brightly, with Lancaster gradually strengthening their hold on play to pressure the Witton defence from midfield. Witton were fast on the counter attack, yet were confidently dealt with by the defence and goalkeeper Sian Moreland, who made some strong saves to keep the score level.

Despite keeping high pressure on Witton, Lancaster couldn't capitalise on their efforts and despite some attacking short corners half time saw the game remain scoreless.

A boosting team talk under a cluster of umbrellas and the team were ready to press high from the back line. Quick inter play throughout the pitch saw Lancaster put more pressure on the opposition's goal, with Lauren Case instinctively sending a fast shot crashing into the backboard. This goal seemed to spur the third team on and an individual move into the Witton D saw Shannon Davey slide a shot into the corner, doubling their lead.

Throughout the game, strong tackles and attacking drives from young defender and man of the match Eve Park, helped keep Witton from closing the gap. The final whistle blew and Lancaster celebrated in the knowledge that they were safe, following a sterling team performance.

Team: S Moreland, L Case, H Winstanley, R Airey, C Elley, G Briggs, C Scullion, A Briggs, A Park, E Park, E Williams, S Davey, T Ward and E Dorrington

Player of the Match: Eve Park

Saturday 15th March 2014

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Lancaster 1s 3-0 Whitley Bay & Tynemouth 2s

 

Caley Trophy Semi-Final

Preston Ladies 2s 2-1 Lancaster 2s

 

Lishman Plate Semi-Final

Clitheroe Ladies 3s 2-2 Lancaster 4s (1-2) Penalties

Lancaster travelled to Blackburn to play Clitheroe in the Lishman Plate semi-final and hoped for a better performance than last week’s league relegation.

Lancaster started strongly with a terrific goal from Harriet Price within the first 10 minutes; working the ball from the midfield and into the D with a great strike on goal. 

Lancaster doubled their lead shortly after with a great attacking play. The ball was met in the D by Emma Wood who picked it up at the far post and put it through the ‘keepers legs and into the back of the goal.

The winning team then let the game relax which allowed Clitheroe to put pressure on and successfully score from a well-worked penalty corner.

Clitheroe pushed again and were awarded a penalty stroke when the ball was stopped from crossing the line by a Lancaster defender’s foot. Lancaster’s ‘keeper Hayley Mills kept her head and made a fantastic save to keep Lancaster’s hopes up.

Clitheroe came out fighting in the second half and pressured Lancaster from the off. Clitheroe had many attacking plays and Lancaster worked together to keep them at bay. A decent strike from Clitheroe and an unfortunate deflection by Lancaster allowed the home team to equalise.

With 2-2 at the final whistle the winner had to be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Lancaster had high hopes in their ‘keeper Hayley Mills which proved correct as she went on to save 4 of the 5 penalties taken against her gaining her a well-earned Player of the Match. Lancaster’s winning penalties were scored by Captain Mel Woods and the final winning strike went to Eve Dodd.

Lancaster 4s play Springfields Ladies 4s in the Lishman Plate final on April 5th at Stanley Park, Blackpool.

Team: M Woods (C), S Taylor, H Mills, C Shatford, A Briggs, J Burrows, J Burrow, H Price, E Dodd, E Wood, J Ashworth, H Clegg, I Lavelle and A Tidswell

Player of the Match: Hayley Mills

Sponsor: Glow Rooms & ADW Decorators

Sunday 9th March 2014

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Lancaster Development Team 1-1 Carlisle

Lancaster played against Carlisle on Sunday at Lancs Uni. Due to County and North commitments by a great number of Lancaster Juniors, the team that played was made up of very young players.

The players met the challenges presented to them by a fighting Carlisle side. Lancaster put together some very good runs and one, two passes which resulted in Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite pushing the ball past the keeper.

The midfield worked tirelessly to contain the senior players on the Carlisle side. Lancaster worked hard and were unlucky not to score again before half -time.

Carlisle came out strongly at the beginning of the 2nd half and used their senior player effectively to receive and disperse the ball. Carlisle attacked the defence and were rewarded with a goal by a senior player just beating goalkeeper Clare Bicknell.

The score remained at 1-1 but Lancaster were unlucky not to score again. The defence were solid by covering and supporting each other, midfield continued to run their hearts out and play on through some force tackles.

Many thanks to Peter Scullion for umpiring and for the supporters who cheered us on.

Team: C Bicknell, N Swarbrick, J Ashworth, C Whitty, E Wood, T Fagan, S Winn, J Ashcroft, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Bamber-Dowthwaite and A Warburton

Player of Match: Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite.

Sponsor:  AEC

Saturday 8th March 2014

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Timperley  1s 2-3 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster 1st team travelled to Timperley for their final away game of the season. The game started at high tempo and Lancaster began to show confidence in their hockey ability all around the pitch.

Lancaster earned an early short corner and despite the slickness of the routine Jayde Christeansen was unfortunate not to score.

The visitors maintained the pressure and it was not long until another shot corner was awarded. This time captain Grace Robertson drag flicked into the goal making it 1-0. Lancaster looked to be controlling the game but one lack of concentration saw Timperley have a 2-on-1 with the goalkeeper, an opportunity they took to equalise.

Lancaster scored again from a Robertson cross into the D where Ali Standeven was there to sweep it into the net.

In the second half Lancaster again looked to be controlling the game but two yellow cards in quick succession saw the team trying to defend with 9 players. Timperley had bouts of their own attack winning a number of short corners that the defence were able to clear. It seemed inevitable that with Timperley packing the D with attackers a goal would come and it did from a player waiting on the far post for a ball to reach them.

The equaliser gave Timperley a boost, Leighan Bleasdale was called upon to make saves with Esme Kilshaw and Nina Swarbrick there to clear into safety. The Lancaster attack however had not given up; the ball was worked up the pitch and a Julie Walker delivery met Grace Robertson who calmly slotted home making it 3-2.

In the final 10 minutes of the game Lancaster saw another yellow card and this time having a flick awarded against them. Despite the adrenalin pumping Bleasdale moved to the left, saving the flick, which was at an awkward height which helped secure the 3 points for Lancaster

Team: L Bleasdale, J Christeansen, C Foy, A Clews-Smith, N Swarbrick, M Harrison, E Kilshaw, B Hay, N Benson, G Robertson (C), J Walker, L Grayston-Aldren, C Park and A Standeven

Player of the Match: Grace Robertson

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 3-0 Lytham 2s

Lancaster second team hosted their final league game of the season against Lytham second team with a win required to secure their promotion. 

The previous weekend’s defeat had taught Lancaster that even against the weaker teams, we can't let our guard down. Lytham were strong down the middle and were able to make a few good breaks. However, Lancaster stayed strong in defence and worked the ball well up the field.

Lancaster had plenty of chances in our D but only managed to covert 3 goals, all of which scored by Claire Lilley. Needless to say Lilley was awarded player of the match for her excellent performance.

It was another great performance by a team that have come together throughout the course of the season. Whilst at time they've made it difficult for themselves, they have worked together to win the league.

With promotion secured, the team look ahead to winning the Caley Trophy.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, H Andrews, H Gates, B Hay, R Airey, E Dorrington, A Bunch, I Marshall (C), L Bale, C Davies, C Lilley, E Walton and K Fairhurst

Player of the Match: Claire Lilley

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Lancaster 3s 1-2 Lancaster Nomads

 

Lancaster 4s 1-3 Windermere 1s

With Lancaster already sitting in the relegation position they knew that they could not be saved. However, with it being the last game of the season Lancaster started determined.

Lancaster held possession and had numerous chances from Eve Dodd and Emma Wood from some great passes from midfield. Windermere stood strong and managed to break through Lancaster’s defence to score.

Lancaster picked their heads up and battled on but unfortunately Windermere scored once again. Lancaster were left to push on and had a number of penalty corners to their advantage but they were unable to convert them. In one play the ball hit a defenders foot on the line and a penalty stroke was awarded to Lancaster which was coolly put home by Mel Woods to make it 2-1.

Lancaster tried to fight for a win. There were some great attacking plays from Julie Ashworth and Kate Ayrton but with the team focussed on attacking the defence of Sam Taylor, Chloe Shatford and Izzy Lavelle were unable to keep Windermere out for a third time.

Team: H Mills, S Taylor, C Shatford, A Briggs, H Clegg, I Lavelle, E Wood, J Burrows, K Ayrton, E Dodd, A Tidswell, H Price, J Ashworth and M Woods (C)

Player of the Match: Emma Wood

Sponsor:  Glow Rooms

Coach: Calum Boothroyd 

 

Lytham Ladies 3s 4-0 Lancaster 5s

From the whistle Lytham were clearly a confident, well-practiced side. Lancaster tried to hold their own, defending well and not giving up throughout the match. Following a difficult first half and two goals down, Lancaster decided to change formation of the team by using a forward as an extra midfield player.

This change held Lytham at bay for some time while Lancaster could feed the ball into their own half of the pitch. Lancaster showed determination and skill throughout the match but disappointingly a further 2 goals were let in. Claire Bicknell in goal showed impressive skill and reflexes saving the majority of Lytham's attempts to score and should be applauded for her efforts.

Team: C Bicknell, L Johnston, L Smith, C Whitty, O Taylor, J Benn, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, S Winn, A Warburton, M Ayrton, F Ledward, I Christopherson and B Andrews

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Coach: Nick Davey

Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Ambleside Ladies 2s 1-1 Lancaster Development Team

Lancaster Development Team travelled to Kendal to face Amvleside Ladies second team. Lancaster faced tough opposition but started the game strong. There was some lovely passes between young players Toni Faganand Sophie Winn at the back who were managing to swiftly get the ball up to the midfield. Here Harriet and Anya Briggs were doing some great runs to the edge of the D ready to pass to Eve Dodd or Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite.

After a fantastic save from a penalty flick by the goalie Clare Bicknell, Ambleside found a chance and scored. Half time went and Lancaster, feeling strong, won a short corner. Manager Cairine Scullion from the sideline pushed Anya up to left slip where she shot a beautifully lifted ball into the goal, making it 1-1.

Lancaster pushed on and Camille Whitty and Laura Taylor on the left side made some fantastic runs down the pitch with Abi Olde behind them. Unfortunately after a great push from both sides and Lilly Johnston making some great breakthroughs to Emma Wood, no more goals were scored.

Team: C Bicknell, C Whitty, L Taylor, S Winn, H Price, A Olde, E Dodd, T Fagan, I Christopherson, L Johnston, B Andrews, E Wood, E Bamber-Dowthwaite and A Briggs

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

Manager: Cairine Scullion

Sponsor: AEC

Saturday 1st March 2014

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Longridge Ladies 1s 1-1 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster's first team travelled to Longridge at the weekend to try to get back to their winning ways. As always, it was a high intensity match and with Longridge bottom of the table they had it all to play for.

Longridge made a great run down Lancaster's right side and managed to score putting the home team 1-0 up at half time.

The second half was much more promising from the away side; some great runs down either side of the pitch resulted in a number of penalty corners in Lancaster’s favour.

Lancaster were keen for the win and a well-worked, favourite short corner routine of Lancaster's came into play and Jayde Christeansen equalised the score line for Lancaster.

Both sides kept pushing for the winning goal but did not succeed leaving each team with a single point.

Team: L Bleasdale, J Christeansen, A Clews-Smith, K Benter, C Foy, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, M Harrison, G Robertson (C), N Benson, C Park, L Grayston-Aldren and J Walker

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Preston Ladies 2s 1-0 Lancaster 2s

 

Lancaster 3s 2 v 2 Witton Warriors 1s

Sunday 23rd February 2014

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Keswick Ladies 0-0 Lancaster Development Team

On a very wet Sunday afternoon Keswick and Lancaster met in Penrith for a re-arranged development league fixture.

Lancaster had the majority of possession and were able to have numerous attacking plays and many shots on goal. Using the advice from the side lines by Lancaster Development manager, Cairine Scullion the Lancaster defence kept the goals at bay.

Midfield worked excellently together with fantastic passing play to get the ball to the forwards but unfortunately Lancaster were unable to get past the experienced Keswick goalkeeper.  

Thanks to the spectators who braved the weather to show their support.

Team: C Bicknell, C Whitty, L Taylor, S Winn, H Price, A Olde, E Dodd, T Fagan, I Christopherson, L Johnston, B Andrews and E Wood

Player of the Match: Harriet Price

Sponsor: AEC

Saturday 22nd February 2014

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Lancaster 1s 2-3 University of Durham 2s

Nearing the end of the season, Lancaster faced the University of Durham on home turf. Lancaster knew that second-in-the table Durham were going to put up a good fight despite their first meet ending in a draw. 

The pace started high as always though it seemed that Lancaster took a while to get into the game. This being said, Lancaster stepped up and challenged the Durham defence many times especially down the right wing where some near misses went adrift.

Fifteen minutes in Lancaster got caught out when possession was lost in the centre of the pitch. Durham quickly capitalised and came away with a scrappy goal. Shortly afterwards, play came down Lancaster’s right side where quick ball movement from the away side saw them put another one in the back of the net.

The second half started much better with the home side able to keep possession. Gaps through the Durham formation began to show and a well-worked ball from the defence was hit through to Ali Standeven up front who converted it easily.

At 2-1 Lancaster found a new lease of life and won a short corner in which their skip, Grace Robertson was able to equalise. Lancaster kept pushing hard until the end of the game. Unfortunately with one minute to go Durham won a short corner and scored from a deflection on the left post.

Team: L Bleasdale, J Christeansen, C Foy, A Clews-Smith, N Swarbrick, M Harrison, E Kilshaw, B Hay, N Benson, G Robertson (C), J Walker, L Grayston-Aldren, C Park and A Standeven

Player of the Match: Esme Kilshaw

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Springfields Ladies 3s 1-0 Lancaster 3s

 

Lancaster 4s 2-1 Preston 3s

Lancaster hosted Preston in a must-win fixture. Following an enthusiastic warm up and inspirational team talk from Captain Julie Ashworth Lancaster took to the pitch with renewed energy and started the match strongly.

Some excellent play from the whole team led to Lancaster having the majority of possession. A well worked ball from the midfield was met by Eve Dodd on the edge of the D who fired it towards the Preston goal and was tapped in at the far post by Emma Wood.

Lancaster were unlucky to concede a penalty corner towards the end of the second half. Preston struck this well but was initially saved by goalkeeper Hayley Mills. Unfortunately Preston followed up and put it into the net from the deflection.

Lancaster were keen to win and another talk from Julie at half time put us in high spirits.

An end to end battle ensued with both Lancaster and Preston eager for the win. A solid defence from Lancaster and with the midfield working back when needed Lancaster were able to keep Preston at bay.

Preston managed to earn a penalty corner towards the end of the second half. They expertly set up for a drag-flick strike but they were no match for Hayley Mills who made a fantastic save with her left hand to tip the ball over the net.

Lancaster made a last ditch attacking play. The ball was passed from the defence to the midfield and driven forward to the attackers. A great ball was fed through to Julie Ashworth who was waiting to attack and coolly slotted it past the Preston ‘keeper.

Team: J Ashworth (C), H Mills, S Taylor, C Shatford, A Briggs, A Tidswell, H Clegg, I Lavelle, K Ayrton, E Wood, E Dodd, J Burrows and H Price

Coach:  Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

 

Longridge Ladies 3s 2-0 Lancaster 5s

Lancaster fifth team travelled away this weekend to take on Longridge third team.  Both sides made some fantastic play but despite this it remained nil-nil at half time.  There was more of the same in the second half until a Longridge player scored in free play with an aerial ball.  Unfortunately Lancaster were not able to bring the score line back and Longridge were able to score from a short corner leaving the final score at 2-0.

Team: C Bicknell, P Henderson, O Taylor, L Smith, B Andrews, L Johnston, C Whitty, E Dodd, M Rawes, G Walker and S Winn

Player of the Match: Olivia Taylor & Camille Whitty

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Saturday 15th February 2014

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Bowdon 2s 7-2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to Bowdon to face tough competition and received a shock when Bowdon broke though the defence and scored within the first 5 minutes of the game.

Lancaster responded to the goal with Captain Grace Robertson scoring an excellent reverse stick hit but when Bowdon scored again it seemed like Lancaster had no fight left.

At half time the score was 2-1. The defence were given some firm words from Coach Ian Hunter and told to increase their intensity. Despite this, Bowdon scored 5 more in the second half with Lancaster only being able to convert a drag flick from Captain Robertson.

From the front to the back Lancaster did not perform up to their usual standard. Lancaster came off the pitch very disappointed with the result and would need to regroup as a team and learn from the experience ready for next week’s tough game.

A brilliant performance from Bowdon was reflected in the final score.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Foy, A Clews-Smith, J Christeansen, M Harrison, N Swarbick, E Kilshaw, G Robertson (C), N Benson, L Grayston-Aldren, J Walker, C Park and A Standeven

Coach: Ian Hunter

Team Sponsor: Chop House and Coffee House

 

Lancaster & Morecambe Ladies 1s 0-2 Lancaster 2s

Derby day in Lancaster saw Lancaster & Morecambe first team take on Lancaster second team at the University of Cumbria for the return leg of the season.  Earlier in the season Morecambe had capitalised on Lancaster's sluggish start, winning that fixture. This time Lancaster were determined to make amends: promotion was at stake.

The match started off at high intensity and Morecambe were all over us from the off as we struggled to settle the nerves. Unlike last time though we stayed strong and didn’t concede any goals. Kirsty Fairhurst put one in the back of Lancaster & Morecambe's net which allowed us to calm down and steady ourselves a little. Claire Davies managed to put another one away in the 2nd half to take the final score to 2 - 0 to Lancaster. Lancaster & Morecambe battled hard and played some excellent hockey but unfortunately for them they weren't able to get the ball in the goal on this occasion.

Team: S Moreland, B Hay, G Crossley, H Gates, H Andrews, A Bunch, I Marshall (C), K Fairhurst, C Davies, C Lilley, A Cruickshank, E Walton and E Dorrington

Player of the Match: Heather Andrews & Beth Hay 

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Lancaster 3s 1-3 Pendle Forest 2s

Following another weeks break Lancaster 3rd team started the game well against the in-form Pendle Forest. Lancaster were first to capitalise with a goal from Jo Higgs set up by Lou Taylor making an appearance following 2 years of injury. Pendle shortly equalised which was a well worked goal.

Lancaster continued to play some lovely hockey and were unlucky in the last 10 minutes, when Pendle converted 2 short corners in quick succession to take the final score to 3-1 to Pendle Forest.

Team: H Mills, S Davey, G Briggs, C Scullion, E Park, A Park, S Fish, L Taylor, E Williams, J Roper, S Winder, R Airey and J Higgs

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Springfields Ladies 4s 3-0 Lancaster 4s

 

Lancaster 5s 2-3 Blackpool 3s

Lancaster fifth team hosted to Blackpool third team at Lancaster University. Lancaster got off to a great start with Gemma Walker scoring a goal from open play in the first few minutes.  However, Blackpool came back fighting and scored two goals giving a score of 2-1 at half time.  Lancaster fought hard to try to bring the score back with Bethany Fletcher scoring in the second half. Unfortunately another goal from Blackpool made the final score 3-2 to the away team.

Team: J Ashworth, G Noakes, P Henderson (C), L Smith, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, L Johnston, L Armer, M Ayrton, C Whitty, S Wareing, B Fletcher, B Andrews, G Walker and L Sullivan

Player of the Match: Molly Ayrton

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Sunday 9th February 2014

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Lancaster Development Team 4-2 South Lakes 2s

Lancaster hosted South Lakes in the Netherwood Development League and started well with some fantastic play from the midfield working together to get the ball to the attackers. A great ball up the left from Harriet Price was received by Emma Wood who drove into the D and pushed it passed the away ‘keeper.

Lancaster had much of the play and another great ball from the midfield was met by Eve Dodd who managed to double the home team’s advantage with a fantastic goal.

Early in the second half Lancaster conceded a penalty corner which was expertly put home by the away team.

Lancaster pushed forward with some great runs from Alice Tidswell who fed the ball to the D at every opportunity. One great ball was met by Emma Wood at the far post and tapped into the back of the net.

Again Lancaster were keen to extend their lead and drove the ball again into the attacking quarter. Bethany Fletcher picked up the ball at the top of the D and scored a great goal into the top of the net.

Lancaster’s defence were solid in the main and worked well passing the ball across the back and switching play from side to side. South Lakes made a final run and managed to put the ball passed the Lancaster ‘keeper taking the final score to 4-2.

It was a fantastic team effort and thanks must go to the supporters who braved the cold conditions. 

Team: A Tidswell, S Winn, A Olde, E Dodd, H Price, B Fletcher, G Noakes, I Christopherson, T Fagan, C Bicknell, P Henderson and E Wood

Sponsor: AEC

Saturday 8th February 2014

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Lancaster 1s 0-2 Didsbury Northern 1s

Lancaster played their consecutive game in the torrential weather and were hoping to secure three points against last year’s league rivals Didsbury Northern.
 
After watching the 2nd and 4th team victories in their respectful cup games the first team battled from the start working the ball around the pitch facing a strong head wind.
 
The first half was end to end stuff. Lancaster were unable to convert the many short corners that were won in the D by Cathy Park and Ali Standeven's skilful attack.
 
It was Didsbury who broke the deadlock five minutes from half time with a reverse stick strike. They came close again but goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale scrambled it off the line.
 
The second half saw Lancaster again win a number of shorts corners but the ball couldn't find the back of the net.
 
Didsbury scored their second from the second phase of a short corner. The shot took an unfortunate deflection off a defender’s foot and found the left hand corner of the goal.
 
Bleasdale was called into action a number of times smothering shots in one on one situations.
 
The team fought hard to try and gain something from the game but eventually succumbed to a 2-0 defeat.
 
Team: L Bleasdale, A Clews-Smith, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, K Benter, M Harrison, B Hay, J Christeansen, N Benson, G Robertson (C), L Grayston-Aldren, J Walker, C Park, A Cruickshank, A Standeven and C Foy
 
Coach: Ian Hunter
 
Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

LCWHA Caley Trophy

Lancaster 2s 3-0 Witton Warriors 1s

Lancaster second team faced Witton Warriors in the quarter final of the Caley Trophy. The weather made life hard work for both teams as the ball didn't move as effectively and running into the wind felt like running in water. However, Lancaster persevered and despite a sluggish start to the game we managed to go one goal up courtesy of a super strike from Claire Davies.

Witton's hit and hope style of play made it very difficult to get into any rhythm as play was constantly being broken down. Their unpredictability made our players slightly cautious which was a noticeable factor.

Despite communication issues as a result of the wind we went on to score two more fantastic goals from Aveline Cruickshank and a superb short corner from Ellie Dorrington.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, H Andrew, R Airey, H Gates, A Bunch, I Marshall, K Fairhurst, E Walton, E Dorrington, L Bale, C Lilley, C Davies, A Cruickshank and B Hay

Player of the Match: Louisa Bale

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

LCWHA Lishman Plate

Lancaster 4s 3-2 Pendle Forest 3s

Lancaster took on Pendle in the quarterfinal of the Lishman Plate in terrible windy weather conditions.

They started brightly with great passages of play, and deservedly went a goal ahead after 16 minutes from striker Julie Ashworth. Pendle fought back and caught Lancaster napping to bring the scores level before half time.
 
A rousing team talk from coach Calum Boothroyd inspired the team who pushed hard from the start for the win.
 
Emma Wood picked up the ball on the edge of the D after a defence splitting ball from Mel Woods and coolly slotted home to put the home side in front again.
 
As conditions deteriorated Lancaster continued to dominate the game with strong passages of play and were rewarded with their third goal, Wood's second of the game with a strike from a penalty corner.
 
Pendle scored a breakaway second goal but Lancaster stood strong under pressure until the final whistle.

Team: H Mills, M Woods, E Wood, S Fish, S Taylor, C Shatford, E Dodd, J Ashworth, H Price, H Clegg, A Tidswell and A Briggs

Player of the Match: Emma Wood

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Sunday 2nd February 2014

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Lancaster & Morecambe Development 1-3 Lancaster Development 

On much drier conditions than the previous day Lancaster development team took on Lancaster and Morecambe Development team at the University of Cumbria campus.

The first half was an even affair with no-one able to break the deadlock despite numerous chances from both teams.

After a rousing half time team talk from team manager Cairine Scullion the Lancaster side upped their game and pushed through for an early goal in the second half. Lancaster and Morecambe almost instantly equalised but Lancaster were on good form and managed to put another 2 goals past the keeper out of the many chances that they created.

Lancaster would like to thank all of the supporters that came to watch and cheer.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, A Briggs, T Fagan, H Price, A Olde, S Winn, K Lindsay, B Andrews, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, J Burrows, A Tidswell, E Dood and E Wood

Player of the Match: Beth Andrews

Sponsor: AEC 

Saturday 1st February 2014

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City of York Ladies 1s 2-3 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to York to play what proved to be a real battle of the roses. Both teams we're determined to come out with a win and put up a very intense, physical game.

Lancaster started the first half strong with some excellent interlinking play. Lancaster worked the ball out of defence down the right hand side.  Beth Hay made a superb run and a pin point pass to Ali Standeven, who with a quick turn and shot put Lancaster 1 goal ahead in the first half.

Lancaster started the second half with an early reverse stick shot from Cathy Park, which was converted by a York deflection. Continuous pressure and well worked team play led Lancaster to an immediate third goal with a tap in from captain Grace Robertson.

York responded well to a three goal lead putting two goals past Lancaster's defence. Lancaster battled until the end to fight for the three points.

Team: L Bleasdale, C Foy, K Benter, B Hay, M Harrison, N Swarbrick, N Benson, J Christeansen, G Robertson (C), L Grayston-Aldren, C Park, A Standeven and J Walker

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 4-0 Rossall 1s

 

Garstang Ladies 2s 2-1 Lancaster 3s

 

Lancaster 4s 1-3 Lancaster and Morecambe Ladies 2s

Lancaster 4s hosted the local derby match against Lancaster and Morecambe 2s. In extreme weather Lancaster looked to gain three points to help them from the relegation zone. The match was very even for the first half and it wasn’t until late in that the deadlock was broken with Lancaster and Morecambe taking a one-nil lead.

The second half saw Lancaster and Morecambe score an early goal. Lancaster pushed hard to make a come-back and had numerous shooting opportunities but failed to score. Anya Briggs made a great run from midfield to finally put the ball passed the Lancaster and Morecambe keeper to make the game 2-1.

As Lancaster pushed for the draw in the dying minutes of the game, a mistake from Woods in defence led to Lancaster and Morecambe’s third and decisive goal.

Team: H Mills, S Taylor, A Briggs, M Woods, C Scullion, H Price, E Wood, A Tidswell, J Burrows, C Shatford, E Dodd, F Ledward, I Lavelle, J Ashworth and J Hudson

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: Glow Rooms   

 

Clitheroe Ladies 4s 1-1 Lancaster 5s

Lancaster fifth team travelled to Clitheroe to play an exciting hockey game. The first half was an even sided game and continued at 0-0.

Lancaster dominated the second half with many scoring opportunities, but unfortunately they were unable to convert them into goals. The girls played well together as a team using good communication skills as well as superb hockey.

Overall the final score was 1-1. Lancaster's goal was scored by Molly Ayrton from a short corner, injected by Megan Rawes.

Team: C Bicknell, G Noakes, P Henderson, L Johnston, B Andrews, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Warburton, C Whitty, M Rawes, K Ayrton, M Ayrton and G Walker

Player of the Match: Molly Ayrton

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Saturday 25th January 2014

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Lancaster 1s 1-0 Chester 1s

Lancaster set out to overcome the previous two week’s defeats and earn their first 3 points of 2014. After being spurred on by the second team’s win over Lancaster University the home side pressured Chester from the start. Nicola Benson, Cath Foy and Alice Clews-Smith all worked together on the left hand side breaking the Chester midfield with short and sharp passes before releasing the ball to Julie Walker and Cathy Park up front.

Lancaster won a number of short corners and were unfortunate not to score. Captain Grace Robertson’s powerful strike forced the goalkeeper to save at full stretch.

Jayde Christeansen showed her talents with some nice skills in the centre of the pitch and Robertson’s speed penetrated the right. Her powerful strike to the corner of the goal was helped into the net by Nina Klinge making it 1-0 at half time.

Chester did have a couple of breaks in the second half and goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale was called into making a one on one save diving to the right hand side of the goal.

Lancaster had to defend solidly in the last 15 minutes, with only a goal advantage and one player down due to a yellow card. However, the home side remained composed, continuing to attack the D, forcing saves and winning short corners. The second goal came from a short corner where the ball was slipped to Benson at the right who shot to the far post where the calm Klinge blasted it passed the keeper.

Chester continued to attack earning a short corner with 30 seconds to go. The game was won but the defence were determined to keep a clean sheet. The initial shot was saved into the path of an oncoming forward and Katie Benter cleared a lifted rebound shot off the line to keep the score 2-0.

The win puts Lancaster back to third in the table and back into the promotion battle.

The team would also like to wish Nina Klinge and Franca Usala the best of luck with moving back to their home Germany to finish school, we are happy to finish their final game with victory.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, J Christeansen, A Clews-Smith, N Swarbrick, N Benson, G Robertson (C), A Cruickshank, N Klinge, J Walker, C Park, E Kilshaw, L Grayston-Aldren and F Usala

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 3-0 Lancaster University 1s

Lancaster 2s, who currently lie first in the Premier Division of the Lancashire Central Women's Hockey League, played Lancaster University who are second in the same league. This was going to be our most important match if we were serious about promotion at the end of the season. Following a thorough and relaxed warm up the game began with the university team dominating in the first 10 minutes. However we didn't let them capitalise on this and soon enough Lancaster went 1-0 up after a cracking little strike from Aveline Cruickshank. Play continued in an evenly matched manner until Beth Hay broke from defence and took the ball all the way up the centre of the pitch to score herself; a brilliant one man effort. 

The University team came out fighting after the half time break but we knew we needed to stay focused. Following a period of excellent team work we scored again after Claire Lilley played a cross-goal past to Kirsty Fairhurst. Credit must go to Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle and Heather Andrews who this week shared the man of the match. Hannah made some crucial saves in the dying minutes. Heather was a pocket rocket in defence, coming from no where to shell the ball out of the danger zone.   

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, H Andrew, B Hay, C Elley, H Gates, M Harrison, I Marshall (C), L Bale, E Walton, E Dorrington, C Davies, C Lilley, A Cruickshank, K Fairhurst and R Airey

Player of the Match: Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle & Heather Andrews       

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Pendle Forest 3s 3-1 Lancaster 4s

 

Lancaster 5s 1-4 Brookfields Ladies

Lancaster fifths hosted top of the league Brookfields Ladies. Both teams fought hard but Brookfields had the upper hand with lots of attacking play. Unfortunately an injury to goalkeeper Clare Bicknell around 10 minutes in saw her on the bench for the remainder of the match. Fortunately Julie Ashworth stepped up as goalkeeper. The team fought well but unfortunately the home team were 3-0 down at half time.
 
After half time Lancaster had some good attacks and Ebony Mason-Scott  claimed a goal for the home team. Brookfields scored once more in the second half to end the game with a 4-1 loss for Lancaster.

Team: G Noakes, C Bicknell, P Henderson (C), L  Smith, O Taylor, L Johnstone, S Christopherson, B Fletcher, L Armer, K Ayrton, E Mason-Scott, A Warburton, G Walker, J Ashworth and E Bamber-Dowthwaite

Player of the Match: Julie Ashworth

Saturday 18th January 2014

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Sheffield Hallam 1s 2-1 Lancaster 1s

Despite the long journey over to Yorkshire Lancaster were focused in their warm up and were looking forward to playing on the London 2012 pink and blue pitch. Lancaster started soundly, maintaining possession and adjusting to the slightly different formation. The home team soon began to put pressure on the visitors, playing four high players in an attempt to overload the Lancaster defence. After a few adjustments the Lancaster back four learnt how to cope with the Sheffield offence. Superb cover by half backs Nina Swarbrick and Alice Clews-Smith and close marking from full backs Katie Benter and Cath Foy helped absorb the pressure and Lancaster soon began to release quick ball through to the midfield.

Persistent pressure from the front line led to a well-read interception from Lancaster forward Julie Walker who drove towards the attacking D before passing to Nina Klinge who calmly slot the ball past the wrong footed Hallam ‘keeper.

The well-drilled student team began to fight back and Lancaster keeper Leighan Bleasdale was called upon to perform a top class save with her left hand to save a lifted shot just minutes before half time.

The second half began with both teams playing an intense, fast-paced style of hockey. Transfer round the back was good from both defensive units, each looking to release their own wider players. It was such a move down the Sheffield right flank that led to the home team working the ball round the caught-out Lancaster defence resulting in an equalising goal.

A couple of lapses in concentration from Lancaster plus a difficulty to cope with the stringent umpiring demands led to Sheffield beginning to take control of the game in the last 15 minutes. Overlapping yellow cards for Grace Robertson and Cath Foy made it a challenging finale for the Lancashire side and made forward movements difficult to support with sufficient numbers.

A debated penalty corner was cleanly converted by Sheffield to give them the lead in the closing 10 minutes. Despite advanced pressure from Ali Standeven, Nicola Benson and Jade Christeansen Lancaster could not penetrate the opposing D with sufficient force. A second loss in two weeks means Lancaster must come back strong in their home match against Chester next week.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, J Christeansen, A Clews-Smith, N Swarbrick, N Benson, G Robertson (C), A Standeven, N Klinge, J Walker, C Park, E Kilshaw and F Usala

Player of the Match: Nicola Benson

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 6-3 Blackpool 1s

Lancaster second team started the match top of the league and as such couldn’t afford any errors if they were to succeed in their ambition to be promoted this season.

With this in mind Lancaster started the match strong and dominated the first half hammering home 4 goals. Our strong defence prevented Blackpool even getting a look in. However this enthusiasm petered off slightly at the start of the second half when Blackpool came out hard. Due to a few mishaps in defence Blackpool managed to get 3 goals in our net.

This was enough to make us pick our heads up and get back in to the game despite an injury to our Goal Keeper leaving us with 11 outfield players for the dying minutes. The final score was a victorious 6 - 3 to Lancaster.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, H Andrew, H Gates, C Elley, B Hay, M Harrison, K Fairhurst, A Bunch, I Marshall (C), A Cruickshank, E Dorrington, C Lilley and L Bale

Player of the Match: Claire Lilley & Helen Gates

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Longridge Ladies 2s 0-0 Lancaster 3s

Following last week’s exceptional performance holding the league winners to a nil nil draw, the Lancaster team travelled to the 2nd place in the league Longridge to replicate their performance.

Lancaster settled in to play some excellent hockey, passing the ball smoothly around the pitch, putting the Longridge defence under pressure.

It was an evenly matched competitive game, which was umpired and played with high spirits. Lancaster’s player of the match Shannon Davey, made a huge impact on the game, saving the ball on the line in defence and scoring in the attack, which was unfortunately disallowed.

Sian Moreland Lancaster keeper also had another great performance following last week’s player of the match outstanding performance.

Team: S Moreland, G Briggs, E Park, A Park, R Airey, L Case, C Rawes (C), A Tidswell, E Belshire, E Williams, J Roper, T Ward, H Winstanley and S Davey

Player of the Match: Shannon Davey

Coach: Calum Boothroyd 

 

Lancaster 4s 1-3 Leyland and Chorley 1s     

Lancaster’s first home game after Christmas was against top of the league Leyland and Chorley and Lancaster were expecting a tough game as their opposition had won 10-0 in the previous week to Southport.

Chorley were first to score just a few minutes after the starting whistle; however Lancaster kept their heads up and an equaliser from Jo Higgs raised the hopes of the whole team. Chorley then scored another goal just before half time, making Lancaster eager to start the second half with a fresh slate.

The second half was much quicker with Lancaster gaining more pressure and keeping the ball in the opposition’s half more so than before the half time whistle. This allowed Lancaster to have numerous shots on goal but they were unlucky not to convert their chances.

Unfortunately when Chorley gained possession Lancaster conceded a couple of short corners, one of which was a successful shot on goal. The final whistle blew and the score was 3-1 to Chorley. An unfortunate loss for Lancaster played very well against a tough opposition. Lancaster have high hopes for the remaining games of the season and hope to climb from the relegation zone.  

Team: H Mills, S Taylor, M Woods (C), H Price, H Clegg, C Shatford, A Briggs, J Burrows, E Wood, J Higgs, J Hudson, E Dodd, L Kane, C Lilley and F Ledward.

Player of the Match: Jessica Burrows

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

 

Lancaster & Morecambe 3s 1-2 Lancaster 5s        

Lancaster fifth team started strong against local rivals Lancaster & Morecambe with some great team work pushing the ball up to the goal but it wasn't until the last few minutes of the first half that the hard work paid off with Lilly Armer scoring the first goal.

Morecambe kept up and intercepted Lancaster’s passes to take the ball into their half but as always Georgia Noakes the sweeper defended strong. Morecambe were awarded a penalty flick but goal ‘keeper Clare Bicknell played brilliantly to save it.

Playing resumed in the second half with Lancaster again working well as a team and pushing forward. Sophie Fish set the ball up perfectly for Mille Whitty to score the second goal. Morecambe were not yet defeated though and pushed hard to get their first goal just before full time.

Team: C Bicknell, G Walker, M Whitty, G Noakes, L Smith, O Taylor, L Armer, G Benn, M Rawes, B Fletcher, E Bamber-Dowthwaite and S Fish

Player of the Match: Sophie Fish

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Sunday 12th January 2014

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Lancaster Over 35s 4-6 Sale Over 35s 

Saturday 11th January 2014

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Lancaster 1s 4-5 Liverpool Sefton 1s

 

Southport  1s 1-3 Lancaster 2s

 

Lancaster 3s 0-0 Blackpool Ladies 2s

 

Clitheroe Ladies 3s 1-0 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster travelled to Blackburn to play second in the league Clitheroe Ladies. Lancaster fought well from the start and had numerous shots on target taking Clitheroe by surprise. The match was an intense end to end battle and Lancaster held well in defence. Clitheroe won a short corner which despite their best efforts was expertly converted by the Clitheroe striker.

In the second half Lancaster looked to equalise and with some excellent play through the midfield the forwards managed to have further shots on target. Lancaster won a number of short corners but Clitheroe defended well and Lancaster were unable to convert. The final score was 1-0 to Clitheroe.

Team: H Mills (GK), S Taylor, C Shatford, M Woods (C), J Burrows, H Clegg, H Price, A Tidswell, E Dodd, E Wood and S Davey

Player of the Match: Harriet Price and Alice Tidswell

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

 

Lancaster 5s  0-2 Leyland & Chorley 2s

For their first match back after the Christmas break Lancaster fifth team hosted Chorley and Leyland second team.  Chorley attacked from the start and scored a goal early on in the game giving them a 1-0 lead at half time.  Despite some good play by the 5th team and a penalty flick taken by Ali Warburton they were unable to score in the second half, and another goal from Chorley saw them leave the home team with a 2-0 loss.
 
Team: C Bicknell, P Henderson (C), G Noakes, O Taylor, L Smith, S Fish, B Andrews, M Whitty, G Walker, A Warburton and L Johnston

Player of the Match: Sophie Fish

Coach: Nick Davey

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Saturday 7th December 2013

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Springfields 1s 3-4 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster’s last game before the Christmas break was a local derby against Springfields of Preston. Lancaster needed a win to ensure a solid 2nd place position in the table an amazing achievement in their first season in the North Premier Division.

Lancaster pressured from the start and within the first 5 minutes Ali Standeven broke the deadlock much to the delight of the team and travelling fans.

It wasn’t long until Springfields responded with a couple of goals that Lancaster gifted them from not maintaining possession. But the lapse in concentration didn’t faze the Lancaster side who continued to press the Springfields D and won a short corner. Jayde Christeansen got her stick to the ball and caused the defender to score an own goal.

Springfields went ahead again just before half time from a reverse stick strike to the bottom left corner of the goal.

Lancaster came out fighting in the second half. Katie Benter kept the opposition at bay with some solid tackles and tracking players around the pitch. The equaliser came when Nina Swarbrick released the ball to Ali Standeven who calmly took on the defence and keeper to smash the ball into the goal.

The winner came ten minutes from time from an Ali Standeven cross where Captain Grace Robertson deflected the ball into the roof of the net bringing home a well-deserved 3 points.

Team: L Bleasdale, J Christeansen, K Benter, E Kilshaw, N Benson, G Robertson (C), J Walker, A Standeven, N Klinge, C Foy, C Park, N Swarbrick and F Usala

Player of the Match: Katie Benter

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 2-0 Clitheroe Ladies 2s

 

Fulwood 0-4 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster travelled to Preston Sports Arena to play against Fulwood and focused on the using their speed and agility to pressure from the start. A change to the normal formation enabled Lancaster to attack positively from the opening whistle.  

Shannon Davey playing just off the 2 forwards of Annie Park and Helen Winstanley made some excellent driving runs through the Fulwood defence.   Lancaster dominated the play for the first 20 minutes and were eventually rewarded with a short corner, which Shannon Davey struck the ball sweetly into the back of the net.  From the re-start Lancaster stole the ball off the stunned Fulwood players and drove forward creating another short corner opportunity. Shannon Davey again stuck the ball in to the back of the net.  

Lancaster continued to pressurise the Fulwood midfield and defence in the second half, with some excellent play from the midfield of Kirsty Fairhurst, Emily Williams, Jayne Roper and Annie Park moving the ball with fantastic pace up the pitch, enabling the forwards of Tara Ward and Helen Winstanley to create some excellent strikes at goal.   

The Fulwood ‘keeper and the goal posts kept the ball out of the net until Tara Ward got her breakthrough and slotted the ball passed the ‘keeper with her first goal of the season.

The defence of Eleanor Belshire, Charlotte Rawes, Gill Briggs and Cairine Scullion controlled the game moving the ball swiftly across the pitch to ensure Fulwood did not know where the next attack was coming from.

The final goal came from a short routine where Charlotte Rawes picked out Annie Park on the left hand post who scooped the ball passed the keeper.

It was an excellent performance from the Lancaster team which saw them rise to 4th in the league.

Team: S Moreland, C Rawes (C), G Briggs, C Scullion, E Belshire, K Fairhurst, S Davey, A Park, T Ward, J Roper, E Williams, R Airey and H Winstanley

Player of the Match: Annie Park

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Lancaster 4s 2-1 Southport Ladies 2s

Lancaster took on Southport in the last fixture of 2013 hoping to continue their good form. Pacey forwards Scott and Burrows gave Southport plenty to worry about in the early minutes of the game coming close to finding the net after only 4 minutes. With captain Gledhill back from injury Lancaster continued to press and were rewarded when Ashworth capitalised on defensive errors, coolly taking the ball around the keeper to fire home.
 
Southport fought back and were lucky to score to bring the game level after more strong passages of play from Lancaster's midfield.
 
In-form ‘keeper Mills stepped up to the mark again to keep Lancaster in the game after defender Taylor's do or die heroics resulted in a penalty stroke being awarded.
 
Lancaster were determined to claim the points and sterling defence work from Player of the Match Lavelle in partnership with Woods, Price and Shatford meant that any Southport attack was quickly snuffed out.
 
Young striker Dodd's hard work and commitment was rewarded with another goal taking Lancaster into the lead.
 
The dying minutes saw Lancaster soak up more pressure from Southport but the team were more than up to the challenge and celebrated at the final whistle.

Team: H Mills, M Woods, G Gledhill (C), H Clegg, I Lavelle, K Scott, H Price, S Taylor, A Briggs, C Shatford, A Tidswell, L Kane, J Ashworth, J Burrows and E Dodd

Player of the Match: Izzy Lavelle

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

Saturday 30th November 2013

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Whitley Bay & Tynemouth 2s 0-3 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster started well and pressured the Whitley Bay defence with a number of shots and short corners but unfortunately, the ball could not find the back of the net.

Lancaster remained calm and transferred the ball around the back until there was an opportunity to break. Franca Usala made her debut and offered some lovely passes down the line to Nicola Benson and Mel Parkin on the inside. Leighan Bleasdale was only called into action once before half time and saved a powerful shot that was hit through the crowded D.

Lancaster were determined not to come away with anything less than 3 points and 20 seconds into the 2nd half Grace Robertson and Ali Standeven worked the ball from midfield to Cathy Park who crossed it to Nina Klinge who flicked it into the goal. Shortly after the initial goal Katie Benter crossed the ball from the right hand side to prolific goal-scorer Klinge who deflected it beyond the keeper.

The third and final goal came from a Standeven cross into the D where Klinge finished well earning a well-deserved hat-trick. Lancaster now sit 2nd in the table with one game to play before the Christmas break.

Team: L Bleasdale, J Christeansen, K Benter, M Parkin, N Benson, G Robertson, J Walker, A Standeven, N Klinge, C Foy, C Park, J Evans and F Usala

Player of the Match: Nina Klinge

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lytham St Annes 2s 1-4 Lancaster 2s

Lancaster 2nd team travelled away to bottom of the league Lytham 2nd team. Lancaster remained strong and dominant throughout. At times Lytham looked like making a few good runs but Lancaster's firm defence remained strong and play was predominantly in the Lytham half. The match saw some excellent goals scored including a first for Mollie Harrison, contributing to the 4-1 final score. Another fantastic win puts the team back in contention for promotion.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, H Andrew, H Gates, M Harrison, C Elley, I Marshall, L Bale, E Walton, A Cruickshank, C Davies, B Hay and A Bunch

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Lancaster 3s 2-1 Lancaster Nomads

 

Windermere 1s 1-2 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster travelled to Windermere keen to get their first league win of the season. It was a solid team performance with much of the play in the attacking half. Windermere made some breaks which were dealt with in the main by the Lancaster defence. However, Windermere managed to convert one chance to take the lead.

Lancaster held strong and put in to practice what they had learnt in training. After some great passing play in the midfield Lancaster were able to put pressure on the Windermere defence and Eve Dodd managed to put the ball passed the keeper.

Lancaster needed the win and encouraged each other throughout. There was some great play down both wings and the ball was placed into the attacking D for Eve Dodd to again successfully shoot on target.

Windermere earned a short corner in the dying seconds of the game which made for a nail-biting finish. Fortunately it was expertly dealt with by the Lancaster defence to hold on to the win. 

Team: H Mills, M Woods, C Shatford, I Lavelle, S Taylor, A Briggs, S Winder, L Kane, K Scott, H Clegg, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Tidswell, E Dodd and J Burrows

Coach: Calum Boothroyd 

Sponsor: Glow Rooms 

 

Lancaster 5s 1-4 Lytham St Annes 3s

Sunday 24th November 2013

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Ulverston 3-1 Lancaster Development Team

The Development Team got off to a great start with Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite scoring the first goal within the first few minutes. They fought hard to keep possession and worked hard but unfortunately the final score was 3-1 to Ulverston. There was lots of skilful play and good team work.

Team: J Ashworth, H Clegg, S Winder, E Belshire, G Noakes, L Johnston, K Ayrton, A Olde, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Lindsay and O Taylor

Player of the Match: Abi Olde

Team Manager: Cairine Scullion

Sponsor: AEC

 

Lancaster U16s 0-3 Formby U16s

Saturday 23rd November 2013

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Lancaster 1s 1-2 Timperley 1s  

A well-prepared Lancaster were looking for the win this Saturday to maintain their strong position in the league. Lancaster started brightly with Nina Klinge and Nicola Benson linking up well but just could not find the killer ball into the D. The game then lost some momentum and both teams squandered possession leading to a stop start game.

Lancaster's defensive unit stood firm and limited Timperley to only a few chances which they easily dealt with. Timperley had to resort to the long ball game which gave Lancaster the opportunity to pounce on the counter attack. Another long ball into the D by Timperely and their striker got on the end of it and scored from an acute angle. This unsettled Lancaster and gave Timperley a spring in their step.

Into the second half and Lancaster knew they had to up their game, which they did. A great ball from Cath Foy released Ali Standeven on the right who drove to the byline before finding Klinge who swept the ball in from close range. Unfortunately Timperley immediately responded when another long ball into the D was deflected into the back of the net taking Timperley 2-1 up.

Lancaster kept up their intensity and work rate but tried to force the ball too much and could not find the decisive ball into the D.

Lancaster need to bounce back from this defeat, knowing a win next week at Whitley Bay would keep them in contention at the top of the table.

Team: L Bleasdale, E Kilshaw, J Christeansen, K Benter, A Clews-Smith, M Parkin, N Benson, L Grayston-Aldren, G Robertson, J Walker, A Standeven, N Klinge, C Foy, N Swarbrick and C Park

Player of the Match: E Kilshaw

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 3-0 Preston 2s

Sunday 17th November 2013

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England Hockey Women’s Over 35s Cup

Lancaster Veterans 1-5 Winnington Park Veterans

 

England Hockey Girl’s Under 18 Cup

Lancaster Under 18s 0-5 Wakefield Under 18s

Saturday 16th November 2013

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Lancaster 1s 4-1 Longridge 1s

Lancaster required a strong team performance to maintain their high league position against what proved to be a strong Longridge team. From the start Lancaster immediately dominated with Nina Klinge carefully passing the ball across the goal for Julie Walker to tap in a goal in the bottom corner.

Lancaster had the majority of the play in the first half and had countless opportunities which unfortunately they failed to convert due to a very strong opposition goal keeper. Melissa Parkin eventually found a space within the first half after meeting an excellent cross from Jenny Evans to secure a 2-0 lead.

Lancaster pressured hard from the second half push-back with Melissa Parkin weaving through numerous defenders to score an excellent reverse stick goal. Longridge responded well to the 3-0 score line but could not break a strong Lancaster defence.

Unfortunately Lancaster conceded a penalty flick which was well placed by the Longridge player. Before the final whistle Grace Robertson converted a short corner with a drag flick from the top of the 'D'. A 4-1 win takes Lancaster to third in the table and into a good position for the upcoming weeks.

Team: L Bleasdale, A Clews-Smith, J Christensen, C Foy, K Benter, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, G Robertson (C), M Parkin, L Grayston-Aldren, C Park, M Harrison, J Evans, N Klinge and J Walker

Player of the Match: Melissa Parkin

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 3s 2-2 Springfields 3s

 

Preston Ladies 3s 2-1 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster travelled to Preston in the hope of finding their first points of the season. Lancaster were slow to settle and were unfortunate to concede an early goal fired home by a lose player in the attacking area. 

Lancaster found their stride and the game was much more even. There were chances on goal at both ends of the field and some excellent goal keeping from Hayley Mills kept Lancaster in the game.

From the second half push-back Lancaster came out strong and pressured Preston’s defence from the off. From some excellent passing play from the midfield the ball made its way up the pitch. A great pass from Sarah Winder found Eve Dodd who expertly slotted the ball past the Preston goal keeper.

Lancaster continued to pressure Preston and had the majority of play in the second half. Unfortunately Lancaster conceded a short corner in the last ten minutes which Preston converted with a fantastic drag-flick. Lancaster continued to try and get the draw but were unlucky with their chances.

Team: H Mills, M Woods (C), C Scullion, C Shatford, H Clegg, A Briggs, A Tidswell, K Scott, S Winder, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, J Ashworth and E Dodd

Player of the Match: Cairine Scullion

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

 

Lancaster 5s 0-1 Longridge Ladies 3s

Sunday 10th November 2013

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Ulverston U12A  0-2 Lancaster U12

Ulverston U12B 1-1 Lancaster U12

Team: L Bleasdale, T Richardson, A McKirdy, L Ashcroft, J Ashcroft, T Fearnley and E Rodriguez-Dunn.

Saturday 9th November 2013

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Durham University 2s 2-2 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster travelled to face undefeated league leaders, Durham University. With Lancaster’s incredible start to their first season in the Premier League, there were lots of indicators for an exciting game, including that neither team has played a fixture where they have failed to score.

Both teams approached with caution and showed one another the respect they deserved, cancelling out each other over most of the first half, neither team created any notable opportunities. The home side however, took the lead on the half time whistle from a well-executed penalty corner.

Lancaster remained optimistic and stuck to their game plan. Earning a penalty corner of their own, they equalised through Nina Klinge, who responded quickly to a rebounded shot. Soon after, Mel Parkin floated a ball toward goal, seeking a deflection. Lancaster’s luck was in when the home keeper inadvertently made contact with the ball and Lancaster took the lead with 10 minutes to go. Durham upped the ante, and levelled terms from a further penalty corner. Final Score 2-2, a bittersweet draw for Lancaster so close to three points but one point they would have taken going into the game.

Player of the Match was awarded to Jayde Christeansen, who had an astonishing game in defence, numerous critical challenges and brave tackles kept Durham away the danger area, while delivering some pin point accurate passes to the midfield and forward line of Lancaster.

Team: L Bleasdale, A Clews-Smith, J Christeansen, C Foy, E Kilshaw, K Benter, M Parkin, N Benson, G Robertson (C), L Grayston-Aldren, A Standeven, J Walker, J Evans and N Klinge

Player of the Match: Jayde Christeansen

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 0-2 Lancaster and Morecambe 1s

 

Pendle Forest 2s 2-2 Lancaster 3s

Saturday saw Lancaster third team take on an in-form Pendle Forest. Lancaster started well with Rebecca Airey and Lauren Case working well together in central midfield keeping possession. Gill Briggs and Shannon Davey made key interceptions to keep the scores level. Pendle then scored against the run of play. Lancaster fought back well with Shannon Davey smashing in a short corner into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. Full-backs Eleanor Belshire and Catherine Elley made overlapping runs putting Pendle under pressure with the help of Kirsty Fairhurst, Emily Williams and Annie Park. Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle showed incredible skill with a back heel save. Lauren Case then drove the ball along the base line and hit the ball into the D and Annie Park slotted it in the net. After great play from Helen Winstanley, Elle Dorrington and Tara Ward Lancaster were pushing for a third goal. In the last 5 minutes Pendle caught Lancaster on the counter attack. Overall a well-earned point for Lancaster in cold conditions.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Rawes (C), G Briggs, E Williams, E Dorrington, E Belshire, C Elley, S Davey, K Fairhurst, H Winstanley, T Ward, A Park, L Case and R Airey

Player of the Match: Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle

 

Lancaster 4s 0-1 Springfields Ladies 4s

 

Blackpool Ladies 3s 1-1 Lancaster 5s

Saturday 2nd November 2013

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Lancaster 1s 1-1 Springfields 1s

This weekend saw a local derby between Lancaster and Springfields (Preston) in the North Premier Division. Lancaster, undeterred by the wet and windy weather, sought another 3 points to further prove their place in the league.

Springfields pressured from the beginning but the Lancaster defence of Jayde Christeansen and Alice Clews-Smith kept them and bay. Lancaster saw a gap and made a quick break through midfield with Nina Klinge passing to Ali Standeven who displayed her skills taking on a number of defenders before calmly slotting the ball near post in the first 2 minutes.

Springfields won a number of short corners and Lancaster were unlucky to concede in the manner that they did; the initial save bounced into the path of a Springfields stick making it 1-1.

Credit to the opposition who had a number of chances, Leighan Bleasdale had to make a number of smothering saves and Katie Benter made some strong tackles keeping the ball out of the D. Cath Foy’s determination stopped the ball before crossing the line but it spilled onto a foot giving away a penalty flick with 10 minutes to go. Leighan Bleasdale pulled off a great save deflecting the ball from the top right hand corner keeping Lancaster in the game.

Team: L Bleasdale, A Clews-Smith, J Christeansen, C Foy, E Kilshaw, K Benter, M Parkin, N Benson, G Robertson (C), L Grayston-Aldren, A Standeven, J Walker, J Evans and N Klinge

Player of the Match: Leighan Bleasdale

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 2-0 Clitheroe Ladies 2s

On Saturday Lancaster second team began their campaign in the Caley Trophy. With the aim of this season to win the cup and get promoted in the league it was important we walked away with a win.

Whilst once again we made it a little difficult for ourselves, we eventually managed to pull away after half time. Beth Hay scored the first after receiving the ball from Izzy Marshall’s reverse from the top of the D. Aveline Cruickshank once again fired it into the back of the net to take the end result to 2 -0.

The next round will be played in February and fingers crossed our success will continue.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, H Andrews, M Harrison, B Hay, H Gates, A Hill, N Swarbrick, F Usala, A Bunch, I Marshall (C), L Bale, C Park, C Davies and A Cruickshank

Player of the Match: Beth Hay

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Lytham 2s 2-1 Lancaster 3s

Lancaster travelled away to Lytham to play in the first round of the Lishman Cup. On the back of their first win of the season the previous week, Lancaster started confidently against a Lytham team who were still in search of their first win of the season in the league above Lancaster.

Lytham pressured the defence of Eleanor Belshire, Catherine Elley, Eve Park and Shannon Davey and slotted home their first short corner of the game.

An undeterred Lancaster made some excellent runs through the midfield and attack, eventually after 20 minutes being rewarded a short corner following a superb run from Elle Dorrington. Captain Rawes stood up to take the corner and an excellent strike saw the ball speed into the back on the net.

The game continued to be end to end with both the Lancaster goalkeeper Sian Moreland and the Lytham goalkeeper making some excellent saves.  With 5 minutes remaining Lytham built up the pressure against Lancaster and scored the winning goal.

Lancaster were unlucky to leave the game with a defeat there was some excellent play from each individual throughout the pitch.

Team: C Rawes (C) C Elley, E Belshire, R Airey, E Dorrington, A Park, E Park, H Winstanley, K Carlyle, E Williams, S Moreland and S Davey

Player of the Match: Rebecca Airey

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Lancaster 4s 6-1 Lytham St Annes 3s

A break from the league saw the fourth team line up in the cup against Lytham and St Annes in what was going to be a tough hunt for their first win of the season in the Lishman Plate. The dark clouds did nothing to dampen the directing play in midfield with Emma Wood, Alice Tidswell, Leanna Kane and Sam Taylor making their presence felt with strong tackles, good passing and probing runs. A goal came half way through the first half from a short corner which was slotted in by Mel Woods.

Organised and proactive defending from Cairine Scullion, Mel Woods, Izzy Lavelle, Helen Clegg and Chloe Shatford allowed the fourths to maintain the lead through to half time with Hayley Mills being called on to make saves twice.

Lancaster went into the second half with more determination to build on their lead and dominated the attacking end of the pitch for long periods. An own goal saw Lancaster double their lead as a Lytham defender struggled to deal with a shot from outside the area by Alice Tidswell and deflected it past her own keeper.

Strikes from Sam Taylor, Jess Burrows and Helen Clegg allowed Lancaster to increase their lead before Lytham gained a consolation goal when a short corner was converted amidst torrential hail and thunderstorms.

The win was sealed off with a tap in from Julie Ashworth. Lancaster showed solid performances all over the pitch which they hope to carry on to what will be a must win game next week against Springfields in the league.

Team: E Wood, A Tidswell, L Kane, S Taylor, C Scullion, M Woods, I Lavelle, H Clegg, C Shatford, H Mills, J Ashworth and J Burrows

Player of the Match: Alice Tidswell

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

Saturday 26th October 2013

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Lancaster 1s 4-3 City of York

Lancaster welcomed City of York to their home ground to play what proved to be a pure Battle of the Roses. From the starting whistle Lancaster broke York’s defence with a counter attack from Ali Standeven, who saw Nina Klinge calmly slot away Lancaster’s first goal within minutes. York however were positive to respond equalising instantly. Again Lancaster took the lead scoring two goals before half time, being well worked team performances, both finished to precision by Standeven. Irrespective of Lancaster’s solid defensive performance York were very fortunate to receive two penalty corners which were converted. The final stages saw Lancaster dominating with fantastic team play, Nicola Benson finally broke the struggling York defence to slot home a well-earned victory.

Team: L Bleasdale, A Clews-Smith, J Christeansen, C Foy, E Kilshaw, K Benter, A Hill, M Parkin, N Benson, G Robertson (C), L Grayston-Aldren, A Standeven, J Walker and N Klinge

Player of the Match: Tied Ali Standeven and Nina Klinge

Coach: I Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 3-1 Rossall 1s

On Saturday 26th October Lancaster second team played Rossall first team away in Fleetwood. The game got off to an enthusiastic start with Lancaster piling on the pressure. Unfortunately Rossall didn’t quite meet our enthusiasm and play soon slowed down. We managed to get ahead early with a well worked goal from Aveline Cruickshank. The first half ended 1-1 after we let the opposition back in the game. Player of the match Cruickshank game up trumps in the second half scoring another 2 excellent goals to complete her hat-trick and take the final score to a 3 - 1 win for Lancaster.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, H Andrew, B Hay, M Harrison, H Gates, N Swarbrick, F Usala, A Bunch, G Crossley, I Marshall (C), C Park, A Cruickshank and C Davies

Player of the Match: A Cruickshank

Coach: C Boothroyd

 

Lancaster 3s 4-0 Garstang

With only one point this season and no goals scored, Captain Charlotte Rawes alongside Coach Calum Boothroyd gave a motivating team talk at the start of the game.

The rousing team talk seemed to have pay off, as Lancaster went out hard from the start with some excellent runs from the forward line of Elle Dorrington and Helen Winstanley, with some driving runs from the midfield of Becca Airey, Annie Park, Lauren Case and Emily Williams.  Garstang keeper managed to make some terrific saves, after 15 minutes although Lancaster had 75% possession they were still unable to convert the pressure into a goal.

The breakthrough came from a run out of the defence from Eve Park who passed the ball to Lauren Case, who ran the ball into the D, Eve continued her run the left hand post and swept the perfectly placed ball from Lauren into the back of the net.  1-0 

Lancaster continued to press the Garstang team to capitalise on the possession; Emily Williams created a great run down right hand side, eventually being rewarded by a free hit.  Charlotte Rawes took the free hit and placed the ball onto the left hand post, following her twin sister Annie Park, swept the ball into the back of the net, giving the home team a 2 nil lead at half time.

Lancaster came out for the second half created more chances a further 2 goals were added from Lauren Case and Elle Dorrington.   It was a sterling performance by the whole team with some exceptional runs out of defence from Gill Briggs, Jane Roper and Eleanor Belshire through to some silky skills from the midfield of Becca Airey and Annie Park.

Team: C Rawes (C) G Briggs, J Roper, E Belshire, R Airey, E Dorrington, L Case, A Park, E Park, H Winstanley, S Moreland, E Williams and S Winder

Player of the Match: Eve Park

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

 

Lancaster and Morecambe 2s 2-0 Lancaster 4s

 

Lancaster 5s 4-0 Clitheroe 4s  

Lancaster attacked well from the start and from two of the attacking short corners Shannon Davey managed to secure two goals leaving Lancaster 2-0 up at half time.  The second half saw even more breaks with Megan Rawes scoring two goals during free play.  Clitheroe had a few good breaks but Lancaster continued to defend well and finished with their 3rd win of the season with a score of 4-0.
 
Team: C Bicknell, G Noakes, P Henderson (C), S Davey, C Scullion, O Taylor, L Armer, B Andrews, G Walker, M Rawes, A Warburton, J Hudson and K Ayrton

Player of the Match: B Andrews

Coach: N Davey

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Sunday 20th October 2013

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Lancaster Development 0-0 Wigton Ladies 2nds

Lancaster won the toss and took the first push-back, pushing forward quickly into the D and attempting an early goal. However, Wigton defended well and the ball was soon back into the Lancaster half.

The match was real end-to-end play with some excellent runs through the middle from Alice Tidswell, Emily and Anna Bamber-Dowthwaite and from the wings from Olivia Taylor and Emma Wood passing the ball frequently forward to Julie Ashworth and Katy Lindsay who made some great runs back to meet the ball and drive into the D.

It was a very even match and shots were on target from both teams. Goalkeeper Claire Bicknell dealt with the shots with ease and defenders Hannah Chetwyn-Diggle, Rebecca Richardson, Georgia Noakes and Sarah Winder were successful in removing the ball from the D during any attacking plays from the opposition.

Team: A Tidswell, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Bamber-Dowthwaite, O Taylor, E Wood, J Ashworth, K Lindsay, C Bicknell, H Chetwyn-Diggle, R Richardson, G Noakes and S Winder

Player of the Match: K Lindsay

Team Manager: C Scullion

Sponsor: Airborne Environmental Consultants Ltd

 

Lytham St. Annes U16 3 - 4 Lancaster U16

Lancaster U16 travelled to Lytham St. Annes to start their National Championship campaign on what was a cold, windy and rainy day. Captain Anya Briggs rallied the troops into action and the game started well with both teams looking dangerous in the opposition’s 25. Lancaster kept possession well with Annie and Eve Park passing the ball down the line for Kirsty Fairhurst and Eve Dodd to run onto.

Rebecca Airey controlled the middle putting the opposition under pressure winning turn over balls and was rewarded by getting the first goal. There was then end to end play with Lytham gaining and equaliser and Faye Ledward scoring a well worked goal breaking the Lytham defence. Lancaster conceded another shortly before half time making the score 2-2.

Lytham took the lead after half time despite great defending by Ali Warburton and Sophie Christopherson. Lancaster never gave up and won a number of short corners, where due to the Lytham defence breaking too early a number of times one was upgraded to a flick. Elle Dorrington stepped up and comfortably slotted in the equaliser making it 3-3 with 5 minutes to go.

Lytham continued to look dangerous but Anya Briggs and Chloe Shatford made a number of solid tackles to keep them at bay. Rebecca Airey then on the counter attack drove down the line and into the D sweeping the winner beyond the keeper making the final score 4-3.

Team: K Tuer, E Dodd, E Park, A Park, K Fairhurst, S Christopherson, E Dorrington, A Warburton, A Briggs, F Ledward, M Rawes, R Airey and C Shatford

Player of the Match: R Airey

Team Coach/Manager: L Bleasdale

Saturday 19th October 2013

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Didsbury Northern 1s 1-4 Lancaster 1s

Lancaster first team faced second place Didsbury in Manchester. The two teams were both promoted from Division 1 last season and each had a point to prove to each other.

The game started with a very high intensity with each team performing several attacks. After the first 10 minutes Lancaster began to settle into a rhythm and their midfield three of Nicola Benson, Grace Robertson and Leeanne Grayston-Aldren cut out some of the home side's long balls through the middle and were able to push on forward.

The first mark on the score sheet was in Lancaster's favour thanks to winning a number of short corners. Grace Robertson strategically placed the ball into the bottom corner of the net from a good injection from young Nina Klinge.

Straight after the restart, Ali Standeven made a great attacking play up the side line and a pass to Julie Walker who managed to slot the ball home to make it 2-0 to Lancaster.      

With Didsbury not letting up Lancaster had to capitalise on what they had already achieved. Lancaster won another short corner and the ball was slipped to Nicola Benson at left slip, who aimed for the far post where Jayde Christeansen was on point to deflect the ball into the back of the net. At half time Lancaster were an impressive 3-0 up.

In the second half Didsbury upped the pressure. Lancaster found it hard to respond straight away but seemed to bring back some control to take the ball from the opposition.

With constant attacks from Didsbury, the strong defence of Esme Kilshaw, Alice Clews-Smith, Mel Parkin, Cath Foy and Katie Benter worked hard to protect their circle, although once Didsbury managed to enter, converting their chance to a goal with an unmarked player on the post.

Lancaster responded by battling to the end with a polished goal from Nina Klinge and keeping tight possession of the ball until the final whistle as they have practised in recent training.

Team: L Bleasdale, J Christeansen, A Clews-Smith, E Kilshaw, C Foy, K Benter, M Parkin, L Grayston-Aldren, G Robertson (C), N Benson, J Evans, A Standeven, N Klinge and J Walker

Player of the Match: Nina Klinge

Coach: I Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 4-1 Lancaster University Ladies 1s

Saturday 19th October saw a tough game between Lancaster ladies 2's versus Lancaster Uni Ladies 1's at home. The Uni looked a much strong and a more organised team this year so we knew we had to be on form to stand a chance of winning. The game got off to a fierce start with both teams fighting for the ball and moving it up both ends of the pitch. The Uni conceded a couple of short corners, one of which Lancaster managed to convert into a goal; a flick into the back of the net from Izzy Marshall taking the home team 1-0 up.

Play continued with the Uni working hard to get the ball into our D but a great break up the right hand side of the pitch and a cross in from Aveline Cruickshank to Claire Davies got the ball up into our D again. Claire nicked the ball to Izzy who once again got it in the goal. Lancaster Ladies went into the second half 2 -0 up and had to come out hard against a re-organised Uni team.

The defence of Angie Hill, Franca Usala, Heather Andrews, Helen Gates and Beth Hay remained strong and cleared the ball out well. Unfortunately the Uni managed to squeeze one past them to make it 2-1. However, Hannah Chetwyn-Diggle must be praised for some excellent keeping throughout the game which prevented the Uni for scoring any more. Our fortune soon changed with hard work from the midfield of Ailsa Bunch, Ellie Walton, Molly Harrison, Louisa Bale ensuring the ball was moved swiftly up to Davies & Cruickshank in attack. Soon enough, 2 more short corners were won which were expertly converted into goals by Beth Hay. An excellent game all round, filling the team with confidence for the rest of the season.

Team: I Marshall (C), A Cruickshank, C Davies, A Hill, F Usala, H Andrews, H Gates, B Hay, H Chetwyn-Diggle, A Bunch, E Walton, M Harrison and L Bale

Player of the Match: Izzy Marshall

Coach: C Boothroyd

 

Lancaster 4s 3-4 Pendle Forest

 

Brookfield Ladies 3-1 Lancaster 5s
 
Lancaster travelled to Brookfield at a disadvantage with only 10 players. Lancaster were under pressure from the start and despite a good defence from Jemma Benn, Rebecca Richardson, Pippa Henderson and Cairine Scullion, Brookfield managed to score and early goal. Lancaster rallied and the play was more even than expected with the one player short. Brookfield got another break and took the game to 2-0.

Lancaster pushed forward with some passing play from Megan Rawes, Olivia Taylor and Emma Wood in the midfield to forwards Eve Dodd and Aly Warburton. Lancaster managed to win a short corner which was expertly injected by Eve Dodd and converted into a goal through a shot from the top of the D by Emma Wood. Unfortunately Brookfield managed to get another goal back just before half time.

After a good half time talk Lancaster held well in the second half and some great defending and fantastic saves from Claire Bicknell prevented Brookfield from scoring again. Despite their best efforts Lancaster were unable to better the score. Special thanks to the supporters who travelled with the team.  

Team: E Dodd, A Warburton, M Rawes, E Wood, O Taylor, C Scullion, R Richardson, P Henderson (C), J Benn and C Bicknell

Player of the Match: R Richardson

Coach: N Davey

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Sunday 13th October 2013

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Lancaster Development 3-0 Carlisle Ladies 3s

A good development match was played on the 13th October when Lancaster travelled to Carlisle . The match started well and Lancaster weren't scared to tackle. Youngest player Katy Lindsay did some great shots at the goal and managed to place the ball perfectly for Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite to take a goal, putting Lancaster 1-0 up.

With help from a solid defence and sweeper Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle managed to clear the balls and drive up the pitch with Anna Bamber-Dowthwaite on her left. Close to the end of the first half, the ball was passed to Laura who quickly passed to Sarah Winder who ran up the pitch and crossed the ball into Maisie (a borrowed player from the Carlisle team) who placed the ball in the back of the goal.

With high spirits Lancaster carried on playing excellently. Goalkeeper Freya saved every ball that was shot at her and managed to kick a ball to sweeper Elissa (another borrowed player) who crossed the ball out to Anna who skillfully made a run up the middle of the pitch. Gabbi was ready and waiting to pick up the ball to pass to Franca who drove the ball up the rest of the way and smoothly shot at the goal, making the game end on 3-0.

Team: F Kresken, F Usala, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Lindsay, G Duckworth, S Winder, H Chetwynd-Diggle, L Smith, M Harper and E Carlisle

Sponsor: AEC

Saturday 12th October 2013

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Lancaster 1s 3-4 Bowdon Ladies 2s

Lancaster first team hosted last year’s league winners Bowdon Ladies second team and knew that there was a hard match ahead. However, with a huge crowd of home support to motivate the team, Lancaster rose to the challenge, which was reflected in the close score.

The game started off with an attacking play from Lancaster and consequently an early goal from Nina Klinge. The match was a very fast paced, end-to-end game of hockey with some nail-biting moments. Two fantastic goals later came from both Ali Standeven and Julie Walker.

The attack had some brilliant passages of play, passing it around the Bowdon defence and creating some good opportunities to score. The defence stayed strong throughout the match and got in the way of Bowdon scoring many times. Unfortunately the game ended 4-3 to Bowdon.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, J Christeansen, C Foy, N Swarbrick, M Parkin, N Benson, G Robertson (C), A Clews-Smith, E Kilshaw, J Walker, L Grayston-Aldren, N Klinge and A Standeven

Player of the Match: J Christeansen

Coach: I Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 3s 0-2 Longridge 2s
 
Lancaster started the game strongly, attacking from the defence of Gill Briggs, Eleanor Belshire, Eve Park and Jayne Roper playing some excellent balls through to the forwards of Tara Ward and Elle Dorrington.

Longridge pressed the strength of the Lancaster midfield and where rewarded after 15 minutes with a goal on the right hand corner of net.

The Lancaster team kept their head strong and continued to pressure the away team, with some excellent runs from the midfield, Emily Williams, Catherine Elley, Lauren Case and Kirsty Fairhurst. Lancaster were unable to convert any of the first half chances. 

A sterling team talk from captain Rawes, boosted the troops who came out stronger in the second half. Some excellent play down the left hand side of the pitch by twins Annie and Eve Park, led to some more excellent changes which were fought off by the strong Longridge defence and goal keeper.
 
With 5 minutes remaining and the Lancaster team pushing forward in the attack to try to claim the draw, one through-ball from Longridge split the stretched defence and left the final score 2-0 to Longridge.
 
Lancaster played some excellent playing some superb passing moves, but need to continue to work on the procession and final ball in the attacking third of the pitch.
 
Team: S Moreland, C Rawes (C), G Briggs, E Park, A Park, R Airey, K Fairhurst, E Dorrington, E Williams, T Ward, J Roper, E Belshire, C Elley, S Winder and L Case

 

Lancaster 5s  5-1 Lancaster and Morecambe Ladies 3s

Lancaster fifth team hosted Lancaster and Morecambe 3rd team who won the toss and took the first push-back. Lancaster and Morecambe started really well in their attack and managed to drive forward and score taking the lead 1-0.

This did not let the Lancaster defence of Georgia, Gayle, Cairine and goalkeeper Claire down as they managed to keep the ball away from their goal for the majority of the match.

Lancaster midfield, Megan, Kate and Eve kept fighting back passing to the forwards Ali and Gemma. Lancaster attacked strongly and managed to get a goal back through Ali Warburton.

Lancaster were then on the front foot and continued to attack throughout. Eve Dodd scored their second, Gemma Walker with the third and Megan Rawes with the fourth and fifth goals. Molly, Sophie and Lily played well in midfield and defence and had great control over the ball when Lancaster and Morecambe were attacking. Unfortunately Georgia Noakes was taken off after a bad head injury and we hope she gets better soon.

Team: G Noakes, G Gledhill, C Scullion, C Bicknell, M Rawes, K Ayrton, E Dodd, A Warburton, G Walker, M Ayrton, S Christopherson and Lily Armer

Player of the Match: K Ayrton

Coach: N Davey

Sponsor: ADW Decorators 

Saturday 5th October 2013

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Lancaster 1s 3-3 Chester 1s

All In all a very intense physical game. Both teams battled throughout the game until the final whistle. Lancaster found they were dominating in the first half talking a 2-0 lead with Grace Robertson and Nina Klinge putting two past Chester's keeper!

In the 2nd half Lancaster found themselves with 3 players off the pitch due to dubious yellow cards and it was inevitable Chester would come at the defence strong; brushing 3 past Lancaster's goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale. With 2 minutes left Lancaster battled every second to get the point. Nicola Benson found herself in the right place at the right time to crack one in the top of their net and bring Lancaster back in the game.

Team: L Bleasdale, C Foy, A Clews-Smith, E Kilshaw, M Parkin, K Benter, N Klinge, G Robertson, J Christeansen, A Standeven, J Walker, A Hill, J Evans, N Benson and N Swarbrick

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 1-0 Southport 1s

Lancaster second team played their first home game of the 2013/14 season against Southport first team. Lancaster started brightly with Davies, Walton & Cruickshank putting incessant pressure on Southport's defence. The attack intensified, supported by Walton, Marshall, Case and Bunch pushing into the final quarter.

Southport battled and kept the ball out of the goal under numerous strikes from the Lancaster attack, but finally relented in a goalmouth scrap. Davies took the honours with the last touch in. As the half continued Lancaster pushed further in to Southport's territory leaving themselves open to counterattack. Elley, Harrison, Usala, Andrew, Hay and Gates snuffed out any opportunities for Southport, giving goalkeeper Chetwyn-Diggle a quiet half.

Lancaster started positively in the second half taking on board coach Boothroyd's instructions to keep doing the simple things right. Pressure again built in Southport's D but Lancaster couldn't put the chances away. Bunch delivered some pacey short corners but again Lancaster could not capitalise. Hay switched up front and despite some penetrating runs Lancaster still could not put the ball away. It was a solid team performance and a well-deserved win.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, H Andrew, H Gates, M Harrison, F Usala, C Elley, I Marshall, B Hay, A Bunch, A Cruickshank, C Davies, L Case, K Carlyle and E Walton

Player of the Match: B Hay & H Andrews

Coach: C Boothroyd

 

Lancaster 4s 0-3 Clitheroe Ladies

Lancaster fourth team hosted their first home game against Clitheroe Ladies. The first half saw a lot of end to end action but no goals. After quite a physical affair it was hard to see either team winning.

At the start of the second half Lancaster played really well and it looked like they were going to win the game, but Clitheroe got a bit of luck in front of goal to make it 1-0. Lancaster tried to push on for a goal continuously in the second half. However it further exposed them at the back and Clitheroe struck well to make it 3-0 at full time. It was a hard fought game from both teams with the score not totally reflecting the game itself.

Team: H Mills, S Taylor, A Briggs, C Shatford, H Clegg, N Lapworth, G Gledhill (C), I Lavelle, K Scott, L Kane, J Burrows, E Wood, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, F Ledward and A Tidswell

Player of the Match: S Taylor & A Briggs

Coach: C Boothroyd

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

 

Lancaster 5s 0-2 Leyland & Chorley 2s

Lancaster headed to the second match of the season with high hopes after their great start to the season last week. Lancaster had some good breaks but unfortunately they were unable to secure a goal. Defence played well together but despite this Leyland and Chorley managed to score late into the first half.

The second half saw Leyland and Chorley win a number of short corners. Lancaster defended them well but unfortunately they managed to secure another goal.

Team: C Bicknell, P Henderson (C), G Noakes, O Taylor, R Richardson, E Mason-Scott, G Duckworth, G Walker, E Dodd, A Warburton, S Christopherson and B Andrews

Saturday 28th September 2013

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Lancaster 1s 2-1 Sheffield Hallam 1s

Newly promoted Lancaster so far have not looked out of place in the North Premier Division and were looking to build on last week’s performance against Liverpool Sefton and earn another 3pts.

This was the first home fixture of the season and some nerves were showing as a usually composed Lancaster were giving Sheffield too much possession of the ball. The deadlock was broken from a long corner as Jayde Christeansen drove into the D and tried her luck with a reverse stick strike that was the perfect height to beat the keeper.

Katie Benter sent a number of passes down the line for new recruit Nina Klinge to run onto, she showed her skill breaking the Sheffield defence and sending balls across the face of the goal but Lancaster could not capitalise.

Sheffield had a number of short corners and Leighan Bleasdale had to make a number of saves. The Sheffield goal came from a scramble inside the D that managed to find a gap making the scores level at half time.

Lancaster were a different team in the second half and attacked early on, winning a number of short corners. Captain Grace Robertson scored the second from a drag flick into the corner of the goal.

Sheffield had their moments pressuring the Lancaster defence but Alice Clews-Smith and Angie Hill made some strong tackles to keep Sheffield at bay. There was last minute tension as Sheffield were awarded a short corner but fortunately the Lancaster defence forced the ball wide. Final score 2-1 Lancaster.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, E Kilshaw, J Christeansen, G Robertson (C), M Parkin, L Grayston-Aldren, A Clews-Smith, J Walker, A Hill, G Crossley and N Klinge

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 3s 0-0 Fulwood 1s

Newly-promoted Lancaster 3rd team played their opening game of the new season against Fulwood. Lancaster got off to a shaky start with Fulwood making the best opportunities in the opening 10 minutes.  Lancaster's defence of Eve Park, Becca Airey and Eleanor Belshire soon settled down.

Lancaster created a few chances in the first half, with some excellent passing moves between

Eleanor Belshire, Jo Higgs, Tara Ward, Jayne Roper and Helen Winstanley. Fulwood kept Lancaster on their toes throughout the game, with Sian Moreland having to make a couple of excellent saves.

The second half saw some switching of players within the Lancaster team.  Rebecca Airey  and Annie Park took control of the middle of the field running at the Fulwood defence, creating a few goal scoring opportunities that we saved by the Fulwood keeper. 

There were some excellent runs by the wide players Kirsty Fairhurst and Jayne Roper and some fabulous runs out of defence through to midfield from Jo Higgs and Emily Williams. With the game finishing at 0-0 it was an excellent start of the season, with plenty of things to work on ready for next weekend challenge away at Blackpool.
 
Team: S Moreland, C Rawes, E Belshire, E Park, A Park, T Ward, J Roper, E Williams, H Winstanley, K Fairhurst, J Higgs, S Winder and R Airey

 

Southport 2s 5-3 Lancaster 4s

Lancaster 4s travelled to Southport for the much anticipated first game in a new division. Lancaster took time to settle and unfortunately conceded in the first 10 minutes. Lancaster fought back and won a free hit outside the area. This was taken quickly by Wood who managed to drive into the D and score from the edge of the area.

Southport were quick to break and scored another goal from open play. Lancaster had much of the attacking play for the last minutes of the first half and won a short corner. With a great injection from Ledward, Kane managed to strike from the top, finding the back of the goal. Unfortunately, Southport scored again to make it 3 – 2 at half time.

Lancaster started the second half well with lots of attacking play. With some fantastic play from Burrows, Bamber-Dowthwaite, Scott and Ledward leading to a third goal scored by Burrows.

Unfortunately Lancaster began to tire and Southport remained strong. There was some great defending from Lapworth, Briggs, Clegg and Taylor and some impressive saves from goalkeeper Mills. Southport scored a great fourth goal from open play and a fifth from a short corner. The match ended 5 – 3 to Southport. A special mention goes out to Caroline Lees who had a great start to the game but had to retire injured. 

Team: H Mills (C), F Ledward, J Burrows, E Wood, L Kane, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Scott,  N Lapworth, A Briggs, H Clegg, S Taylor and C Lees

Player of the Match:  J Burrows

Sponsor: Glow Rooms

 

Lancaster 5s 4-1 Southport 3s

Lancaster 5th team started the season with amazing win of 4-1 against Southport 3rd Team. With Southport 2 down with only 9 players, they kept the goals at bay for the whole first half. However, in the second half Eve Dodd made a run for the post and got two goals, closely followed by a fabulous goal by Kate Ayrton. After good passing and communication from the whole team, Eve Dodd got a third goal, and ended the match with a win.

Team: C Bicknell, E Dodd, G Noakes, J Benn, G Walker, C Nance, P Henderson, M Rawes, A Kellet, A Warburton, K Ayrton, L Armer, B Andrews and S Christopherson

Player of the Match: E Dodd

Sponsor: ADW Decorators

Sunday 22nd September 2013

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National Cup Competition

Kirkby Lonsdale U18 2-3 Lancaster U18

The Lancaster U18 squad travelled to Kirkby Lonsdale for the first round of the U18 National Cup. The team consisted of thirteen 15-18 year olds who had never played together before. Lancaster started well and attacked from the onset, with some excellent passes between Captain Jayde Christeansen and Eleanor Belshire who played the ball strategically down the line for Cathy Park to pressure Kirkby’s defence. A hit out from Kirkby saw their attackers testing Lancaster’s defence but Catherine Elley on the left and Franca Sahlmen on the right channelled the players for Esme Kilshaw and Mollie Harrison to tackle. Both Mollie and Esme made some fantastic runs up the pitch and sending the ball upfront to Beth Hay and Ellie Walton. Lancaster gained several short corners, one of which was injected to Shannon Davey whose powerful strike gave Lancaster a 1-0 advantage.

Kirkby continued to press Lancaster but Georgia Noakes continued to successfully tackle and send the ball up the pitch. Kirkby themselves received a series of short corners with Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle making some superb diving saves but unfortunately Kirkby made the score 1-1.

The second half saw some spectacular slides from Mollie and Beth Hay! Despite Lancaster’s strong defence, Kirkby gained another short corner and their second goal. Franca switched the ball between Ellie and Jayde who passed the ball to Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite who drove the ball past Kirkby’s defence and fired an accurate ball to Esme whose fantastic strike on goal gained Lancaster the equaliser. Lancaster continued to pressure Kirkby’s defence with Cathy weaving her way round several players before striking a fantastic shot on goal, which unfortunately hit the post. In the last 10 minutes of the game Emily, Eleanor and Jayde worked the ball up the pitch to Ellie who dribbled round Kirkby’s defence before passing the ball to Beth who swept the ball past the goalkeeper giving Lancaster a 3-2 victory and a ticket into the next round of the cup!

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, S Davey, C Elley, F Sahlmen, E Kilshaw, G Noakes, M Harrison, E Belshire, E Walton, J Christeansen, B Hay, C Park and E Bamber-Dowthwaite

Player of the Match: Ellie Walton

 

Lancaster U15 4-1 Longridge U15

Lancaster U15 squad approached the first game of the season against Longridge in the LCWHA competition with enthusiasm and confidence.

Although this was a new team, they moulded perfectly together and it certainly looks positive for their chances to retain the Cup once again this season.

Some slick passing in midfield between Annie and Eve Park and Eve Dodd formed the basis for some fantastic attacking play. Faye Ledward annoyed the defence with brilliant movement off the ball and the defence did not let the side down with Gemma Walker and Ali Warburton solidly marking whenever danger emerged.

The Keeper Rachel Kellet was the youngest in the squad at only 11 years but she made some fantastic saves and looks a promising prospect for the future. The result was 4:1, Lancaster scorers were Eve Dodd, Faye Ledward with 2 and Annie Park.

Team: R Kellet, A Park, E Park, E Dodd, F Ledward, A Warbuton and G Walker

Sunday 8th September 2013

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Lancaster Development 0-0 Kirkby Stephen 

The first half of the game was played well from both sides. Mel Woods made some great passes from the D out towards Eve Dodd and Ellie Walton who ran up the pitch with Megan Turner and Lily Johnston doing little passes between them. 

Many times the ball was placed in an ideal position for a shot but the Kirkby Stephan defence was on top form. Julie Ashworth more than once drove  the ball into the left corner, looking for a pass into the D. 

Back in defence Georgia Noakes was showing some cracking defensive skills and clearing the ball out to Lily and Megan. Whitney Savage made some excellent clearances from the defence to the midfield and used her skill to dribble up the pitch. 

The second half came and Kirkby Stephan were motivated and got a few shots at the goal but keeper Claire Bicknell deflected them all and fired the ball up the pitch, keeping the score level. 

Despite some good runs up the pitch from Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite and Eve Dodd the ball didn't make it into the D. But Lancaster didn't lose heart and carried on playing an excellent game. With not long left to go Carine could see us tiring so swapped with Julie and ran on to the pitch with a burst of energy. The final score ended at 0-0 which was a fair result.

Team: C Bicknell,E Bamber-Dowthwaite, E Dodd, G Noakes, M Woods, C Scullion, B Andrews, M Turner, L Johnston, J Ashworth and W Savage

Sponsor: AEC

Saturday 20th April 2013

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Lishman Plate Final

Lancaster 3s 4-0 Brookfields 

Lancaster travelled by coach with their fabulous supporters to Blackpool for their final game of the season, the Lishman Cup final.

Lancaster started extremely positively, full of enthusiasm and determination, with some excellent play in the midfield from Helen Gates, Lauren Case and Kirsty Carlisle and some thrilling hockey from the forward line of Ellie Walton and Jo Higgs. Within 10 minutes Lancaster managed to gain a short corner, which was changed to a penalty flick due to Brookfields breaking early several times. Up stepped the Lancaster captain Charlotte Rawes who calmly flicked the ball sweetly passed the Brookfields keeper.

Lancaster continued to pressure Brookfields and played some fantastic hockey; this led to the second goal that came from some great passes out of defence to the midfield, then passed out wide and in the circle where Jo Higgs struck the ball superbly into the back of the net.

Brookfields came out strong in the second half, and put huge pressure on the wings of Kirsty Fairhurst, Ellyse Maddocks, Eleanor Belshire which, alongside the defence of Gill Briggs, Cairine Scullion and Catherine Elley had to work tremendously hard to stop the Brookfields attacks. Keeper, Hannah CD made some crucial saves and played some fantastic balls out of the D to the wide players. With speed and youth on their side Lancaster were able to quickly counter attack, and within the first 10 minutes of the second half, Lancaster were awarded a short corner - a well practiced routine saw Lauren Case slot the ball firmly into the back of the net.

Being 3 nil down with 10 minutes to go did not faze the Brookfields team, who continued to battle hard putting the Lancaster team under further pressure. Eventually getting the ball out, Lancaster were able to take advantage of the opposition with some lovely play from Helen Winstanley and Toni Altham, being rewarded by a short corner. Another well rehearsed routine saw Toni Altham score the final goal of he game. A flurry of attacks from Brookfields led to more short corners which were expertly defended by the Lancaster team. The final whistle blew and the Lancaster supporters went wild with celebration. It was an excellent end to a fabulous season for Lancaster 3s, who had already gained runner up in the league securing them promotion.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, G Briggs, C Scullion, C Elley, A Altham , K Fairhurst, K Carlisle, L Case, H Gates, H Winstanley, E Walton, E Belshire, E Maddocks, J Higgs, H Mills and C Rawes

Coach: Calum Boothroyd

Saturday 13th April 2013

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(PROMOTED) Lancaster 1s 5-3 Wakefield 

This last Saturday, Lancaster welcomed Wakefield to face their last game of the 2012 -2013 season. With a late start, the home side during the game dubiously awaited the result of their top of the league rivals, Didsbury. With a very shaky start, within the first minute Wakefield scored their first goal but Lancaster gained the confidence and the half time score finished equal at 1-1.

At one point in the second half Wakefield were down to 9 players and the game was not in their court. Lancaster, with constant persistence and a tactical formation change; only having 2 in defence let them attack and overload the visitors defence. The game ended 5-3 to Lancaster, the team thought that all was lost but what they didn’t know was that due to changes in the league above, 2 from their North Division One were being promoted. A long night of celebration was enjoyed by all and will continue on through to the start of next season where the Lancaster team are all eager to try their hand at the North Premier League.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, J Christeansen, M Parkin, G Robertson, N Benson, B Hay, W Savage, L Hilton, L Grayston-Aldren, E Reid and J Walker

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

 

(PROMOTED) Lancaster 4s 3-0 Clitheroe 4s 

Saturday saw 3 years of hard work hanging in the balance as the 4th team took on Clitheroe 4s to achieve promotion.  Knowing that 3 points would secure promotion to Division 2, Lancaster took the game to Clitheroe. Tenacious midfielder Rebecca Airey won the first short corner after a passage of strong play from the Ledward sisters. Captain Gayle Gledhill picked up the ball at the top of the D after a fantastic injection from in-form striker Julie Ashworth but yet again her shot didn't find the net hitting the crossbar after a deflection. 

After a pep talk at half time Lancaster came out determined to finish the season in style and show their supporters their fighting spirit. Emma Wood & Emma Coopland-Lee up front were a formidable partnership winning another short corner, which Lancaster's not-so-secret weapon Shannon Davey coolly slotted away to send the crowd wild. 

The Park twins tore down the wings crossing to Alice Tidswell who narrowly put the ball wide. Julie Ashworth soon added a second 20 minutes from time after a smart ball from defender Mel Woods. Izzy Lavelle and Anya Briggs settled the team from the back making sure that the lead was maintained. Shannon Davey stepped up to yet another penalty corner and slotted home confidently to kick off the weekend of celebrations led by ever ready keeper Hayley Mills.

Team: H Mills, G Gledhill, S Davey, A Briggs, M Woods, I Lavelle, R Airey, A Park, E Park, F Ledward, E Ledward, E Wood, E Coopland-Lee, J Ashworth and A Tidswell

Player of the Match: Shannon Davey

Lancaster 5s 1-1 Blackpool 3s

On Saturday Lancaster 5ths travelled to Blackpool for the final match of the season. In the first half Lancaster were very quiet but good defending and some amazing saves from Vicky Perry in goal meant the score was only 1-0 at half time. Lancaster were reinvigorated after half time and had the majority of attacking play. This paid off in the final five minutes as a lovely pass from Hannah Topham and a cheeky deflection from Hannah Ashworth leveled the score, leaving Lancaster 7th in the table.

Team: R Addison, V Perry, G Noakes, S Foster, L Sullivan, S Taylor, P Rielly, E Bamber Dowthwaite, H Ashworth, H Topham, J Burrows and G Walker

Thursday 11th April 2013

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Lancaster 4s 9-1 Morecambe 3s

Lancaster 4th team recorded a confident and impressive 9-1 victory over Morecambe after goals from Eve Park, Annie Park, Anya Briggs, Davey, Julie Ashworth, Emma Wood and Emma Coopland- Lee with a hattrick.

Lancaster took the lead when Emma Coopland-Lee scored her first goal of the game. There was some excellent passing among the midfield and forwards, which resulted in Lancaster quickly doubling their lead after a goal from Annie Park who finished exquisitely into the bottom left corner. A strong attack down the right flank resulted in Eve Park pushing forward to drive the ball into the circle from a free hit, before striking the ball into the bottom left hand corner to make it 3-0. A short corner was given to Lancaster which was fed in by Eve Park to Shannon Davey; who laid it off to Emma Wood leaving the defenders puzzled as it was slotted swiftly into the goal. Shannon Davey played it round the back and released it to Sam Taylor, then to Annie Park to power down the line; before passing to Emma Coopland-Lee to sweep it in to the goal. At half time the score was 5-0.

At the start of the second half Morecambe began brightly and caught Lancaster off-guard with a great goal to make it 5-1. Lancaster responded by forcing the Morecambe goalkeeper into a fantastic block, resulting in a short corner. Eve Park did one of her great pushes to Shannon Davey whose low shot from the edge of the D finds the back of the net. Morecambe had a hit out which was fantastically stopped by Anya Briggs who drove into the D and finished with an improvised sweep into the goal making it 7-1. Next Rebecca Airey in the centre of midfield played a defence splitting layoff to put Julie in on goal who beat the goalkeeper from a one on one situation. Emma Coopland-Lee finished the game with a well-deserved hat trick making the final score 9-1. Player of the match goes to Emily Ledward who played a pivotal role with some great tackles, runs and incisive passing.

Team: R Airey, A Briggs, F Ledward, E Ledward, E Park, A Park, J Ashworth, H Mills, E Wood, S Taylor, E Coopland-Lee, S Davey, M Woods and C Rawes

Player of the Match: Emily Ledward

Saturday 6th April 2013

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Lancaster 1s 5-0 Morpeth 1s

With only two games left of the season, the journey to Morpeth was a long one. 2nd in the table but with the same points and goal difference as top Didsbury, Lancaster had to get as much as the could from the game. The match started at a relatively slow pace and the away side took a while to get into the game and dominate it. The second half was much sharper which meant Lancaster could play like they wanted to. This showed as 4 out of 5 of Lancaster's goals were scored in the second half and another clean sheet to add to their tally, now 53% of games letting no goals in. Goal scorers were Nicola Benson, Beth Hay and player of the match Lucy Hilton with a hatrick.

Now 3 more goals more than Didsbury, Lancaster go top of the league with only one game left to play. Lancaster were pleased with the performance they put on and hope to carry this forward to their last match of the season against Wakefield at home next Saturday at 3.30pm.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, J Christeansen, M Parkin, G Robertson, N Benson, B Hay, E Reid, L Grayston-Aldren, L Hilton and W Savage

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

                                                    

Lancaster 2s 3-5 Preston 2s

A great day was expected for Lancaster Hockey Club, with 3 teams in cup semi-finals. Lancaster 2s were up against Preston 2s at home, but the match didn't get off to the best start with a lot of hanging around waiting for players and then several playing out of position. A brief injury break allowed Lancaster to come together, take a breather and calm down. Lancaster managed to get back in the game and took the lead 3 -2 with 2 great goals from Julie Walker and another great strike from Cathy Park.  In the final 10 minutes Lancaster seemed to lose their hold and let the game go. Preston scored 3 goals in quick succession before the final whistle leaving the result 5 - 3 to Preston. The team would like to wish them luck in the final.

Team: S Moreland, S Wareing, L Horner, A Hill, C Elley, H Andrews, I Marshall, A Bunch, C Park, E Dodd, J Walker and C Davies

Player of the Match: Julie Walker

 

Lancaster 3s 0-0 Heaton with Oxcliffe 1s

Fresh from promotion celebrations Lancaster faced the newly formed local team, Heaton with Oxcliffe in the Lishman Plate Semi Finals. Heaton started the stronger team, stretching the Lancaster defence of Antonia Altham, Gill Briggs, Charlotte Rawes, Catherine Elley and Cairine Scullion, and midfield to full capacity. Lancaster soaked up the pressure and caught Heaton on the break, passing the ball through the midfield of Kirsty Carlisle through to Jo Higgs, who forced the Heaton keeper to make a great save. Lancaster continued to remain calm and patient, waiting for opportunities rather than trying to force them. Another first half opportunity saw a through ball from Charlotte Rawes to Lauren Case to the forward line of Helen Winstanley, which just slipped left of the goal.

The second half was end to end, with both teams playing with their heart on their sleeve, and bodies on the line, none more than Cairine Scullion for Lancaster who made a fantastic save on the line. Both teams pressed the oppositions defence, with some excellent play down the wings from Kirsty Fairhurst and Eleanor Belshire and fantastic chasing and pressurising from Ellie Walton and Helen Gates.

The game ended nil nil, penalty flicks...

Lancaster lost the toss and Heaton opted to go first, scoring their first 2, and Lancaster 1 from Walton. Lancaster keeper Hayley Mills made a great save for the Heaton 3rd flick and captain Charlotte Rawes stepped up to take the 3rd which was converted. Hayley Mills then made 2 superb saves, but unfortunately Lancaster could not covert their final 2 flicks, which took it to sudden death. Charlotte Rawes stood up to take the 1st flick, which whistled passed the keepers left side. Heaton then had to score to stay in and once again, Hayley Mills made another fantastic save, taking the team to the final!

Team: C Rawes, H Mills, G Briggs, H Gates, E Belshire, E Walton, K Fairhurst, C Elley, K Carlisle, A Altham, H Winstanley, C Scullion, J Higgs and L Case

 

Lancaster 4s 0-1 Brookfields

Lancaster hosted promotion rivals Brookfields in the second semi final of the Lishman plate. The majority of the game was end to end, with Lancaster creating a number of chances to take the lead. A run down the right by Izzy Lavelle created the first penalty corner of the game which Shannon Davey narrowly missed converting. The defence of Gayle Gledhill, Shannon Davey, Sam Taylor, Mel Woods and Anya Briggs stood firm and Brookfield's forwards were kept at bay until half time. 

After a rousing team talk from Captain Gayle Gledhill and Julie Ashworth, the team looked more like themselves and began to play better hockey, with the Ledward sisters linking up to create a couple of chances. Rebecca Airey was a match to everything Brookfields threw at her, not letting her diminutive stature deter her from the task in hand. The introduction of Emma Wood on the left and the Park twins on the right fed the forwards, creating a couple of chances for Emma Coopland-Lee and Julie Ashworth up front.  Lancaster were left devastated when a break away Brookfields attack was narrowly converted past the keeper. Lancaster threw everything at Brookfields in the dying minutes, but were unable to convert a chance in the last minute from pacey midfielder Alice Tidswell. 

Team: G Gledhill, S Davey, M Woods, A Briggs, S Taylor, I Lavelle, R Airey, A Park, E Park, F Ledward, E Ledward, E Wood, A Tidswell, E Coopland-Lee and J Ashworth

Player of the Match: Rebecca Airey

Tuesday 26th March 2013

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(PROMOTED) Lancaster 3s 4-0 Springfields 4s 

On a cold Tuesday evening Lancaster travelled to Preston to play the re-arranged fixture against Springfields, an in form team that had climbed from 2 league positions in their last 2 fixtures. A point gained by the Lancaster team would guarantee them promotion to the Central Lancashire Division 1 next season.

Lancaster set off nervously, but within 15 minutes got into their stride. The ever solid defence of Gill Briggs, Antonia Altham, Cairine Scullion and Charlotte Rawes led the attack. Finally a break through and a short corner was awarded by some great play from Lauren Case. The ball came out quickly to Charlotte Rawes who swept the ball passed the defence and the Springs keeper, scoring the much needed first goal of the game. The goal allowed Lancaster to settle down and to play their own fast paced game, passing the ball fantastically from side to side and up and down the pitch. After a few squandered chances by Suzanne Wareing, Lancaster finally capitalised on their first goal through Ellie Walton slotting home a great cross from Eleanor Belshire.

Lancaster continued to play some excellent hockey and following the half time team talk, Ellie Walton scored her 2nd of the game. Lancaster midfield Kirsty Carlisle, Helen Gates, Suzanne Wareing, Lauren Case, Ellyse Maddocks and Antonia Altham continued to dominate the Springs midfield. With 10 minutes remaining, Kirsty Carlyle chased an excellent through-ball from Helen Winstanley and placed the ball sweetly into the back of the net. It was another strong performance by the Lancaster team, which guarantees them promotion.

Team: H Mills, G Briggs, C Rawes, C Scullion, A Altham, E Belshire, H Winstanley, J Higgs, E Maddocks, S Wareing, L Case, K Carlyle, E Walton and H Gates

Player of the Match: Helen Gates

Sunday 17th March 2013

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Lancaster 1s 7-1 Leeds Adel Carnegie 1s

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, M Parkin, G Robertson, N Benson, E Reid, B Hay, W Savage, J Christeansen, C Park and J Walker

Player of the Match: Julie Walker

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

Saturday 16th March 2013

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Lancaster 1s 1-0 Deeside Ramblers 1s

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, M Parkin, G Robertson, N Benson, E Reid, B Hay, W Savage, J Christeansen and C Park

Player of the Match: Mel Parkin

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 3-2 Lytham St Annes 2s

 

Lancaster 3s 2-3 Lytham St Annes 3s

 

Lancaster 5s 1-1 Longridge 3s

Lancaster hosted Longridge at the weekend, and were eager to continue their winning form. Lancaster started the first half strongly, with some good attacking breaks through the midfield and forwards. Shortly they went 1-0 up with a goal from Jess Burrows. They continued to play well and remained strong in defence to maintain the lead at half time.

In the second half, Longridge began to get the upper hand and marking errors in defence lead to a Longridge equaliser, giving both teams a point at the final whistle.

Team: H Mills, G Noakes, S Foster, A Briggs, A Kellet, R Addison, P Rielly, E Bamber Dowthwaite, H Topham, E Dodd, J Burrows and G Walker

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

Saturday 9th March 2013

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Lancaster 1s 6-1 Pendle Forest 1s

With only two points between them and the top spot, Lancaster travelled to face Pendle in North Division One, determined not to slip up.  Pendle though, are engaged in a battle of their own at the other end of the table and could ill afford to drop points.  It was Pendle who kick started the game as Lancaster were caught off guard and ‘keeper Leighan Bleasdale was called into action. Pendle didn’t take their chance and it was this that forced Lancaster to burst into life. The ball was moved swiftly from defence through midfield, Nicola Benson delivered a ball across the goal mouth to find Whitney Savage – all that remained was for Savage to put the ball across the line, which she did calmly.

Within ten minutes Lancaster were 3-0 up, Whitney Savage capitalising from a goal mouth melee and Nicola Benson with a stunning reverse stick strike. Pendle did not give up the battle and Lancaster's defence were called upon several times.  In a dubious overturned decision, Pendle were awarded a penalty corner – which they took and raised their teams spirits of staging a comeback. Lancaster responded however, with fine penalty corners of their own. Skipper Grace Robertson getting herself on the score sheet with a drag flick. The score at half time was 4-1. Out of the blocks Lancaster scored two further goals. Grace Robertson from a penalty stroke and Whitney Savage completed her hat trick as she capitalised on a defensive error.

With only 4 games remaining Lancaster face a tough battle. They take on third place Deeside on Saturday at 3pm at Lancaster University.

Players of the Match: Whitney Savage and Mel Parkin

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, J Christeansen, N Benson, E Reid, G Robertson, M Parkin, C Park and W Savage

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 3s 4-0 Clitheroe 3s

With 2 wins already against Clitheroe during the season, Lancaster were determined to get 3 out of 3. Coming out strong, Lancaster started with a solid line of defence pressing forward to try and secure a first goal. With the first half underway, Lancaster made attacking plays between midfielders Helen Gates and Lauren Case in attempts to play the ball through to forwards Jo Higgs, Ellie Walton and Helen Winstanley, although Clitheroe were strong to defend their efforts. Excellent balls through from team defence Charlotte Rawes, Gill Briggs and Antonia Altham, allowed Eleanor Belshire to drive the ball down the right wing to assist Sarah Winder score the first goal of the game. With adrenaline going from the first goal, Clitheroe set the press to equalise with a number of failed attempts, with left back Cairine Scullion intercepting the play to drive down the pitch to set up and assist a second goal for Lancaster by forward Helen Winstanley.

Reaching the second half both teams were equally eager to get a goal. With tempers riled, Clitheroe’s efforts to attack increased, but a well drilled Lancaster side worked together to track back and support each other to prevent Clitheroe scoring, with some fantastic saves and clearences from keeper Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle. Excellent play from Kirsty Fairhurt and Kirsty Carlyle in midfield saw Lancaster gain a short corner from a counter attack from Clitheroe pressure. Captain Charlotte Rawes came up to take the straight strike although unsuccessful, but Lancaster eager to gain another goal forced a clearance to the top of the D where Charlotte Rawes struck the ball again, which flew into the back of the net for Lancaster's third. With teamwork and determination throughout the whole of the pitch, working the ball around the back and up through midfield, Lancaster's final goal was slotted in near the post by Jo Higgs and was the icing of the cake for a 4-0 victory and 3 out of 3 wins against Clitheroe for the Lancaster side.

Player of the Match: Jo Higgs

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Rawes, G Briggs, C Scullion, E Belshire, A Altham, K Fairhurst, K Carlyle, J Higgs, L Case, H Gates, H Winstanley, S Winder and E Walton
 

Lancaster 5s 1-0 Southport 3s

Lancaster travelled to Southport with high hopes off the back of last weekend's win, and fought hard from the whistle. A great outfield goal from Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite took the score to 1-0 for half time.

Despite many breaks and short corners in the second half, Lancaster were unable to capitalise again. Wonderful defending ensured Lancaster held onto their win.

Player of the Match: Rebecca Richardson

Team: R Addison, V Perry, R Richardson, J Benn, G Walker, P Rielly, S Taylor, H Topham, G Noakes, E Dodd and E Bamber-Dowthwaite

Saturday 2nd March 2013

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Lancaster 1s 3-0 Preston 1s

Moments into the away game, Lancaster found themselves making a superb attack at Preston with lead runs from forwards Leanne Grayston-Aldren, Whitney Savage and Emma Reid. A quick press from Lancaster left Preston shocked and more alert, and began themselves pressuring Lancaster's defence, nothing defenders Katie Benter, Catharine Foy and keeper Sian Moreland couldn't clean up. Inside forwards Grace Robertson and Nicola Benson, found themselves gliding through Preston throughout the game, feeding subsitute forwards Bethany Hay and Jayde Christeansen, as well as Whitney Savage and Emma Reid, as Leanne Grayston-Aldren was injured early on. A fabulous run down the left by NicolA Benson, produced by left half-back Esme Kilshaw who crossed a striking ball into Prestons D to find Beth Hay waiting to give Lancaster the lead!

Early into the second half, Lancaster found themselves defending some penalty corners, again nothing defenders Katie Benter, Cath Foy, Nina Swarbrick and Mel Parkin couldn't clear. Keeper Sian Moreland made some super saves, keeping a clean sheet! Feeding the ball out from the back, Mel Parkin found herself in some brilliant positions further up the pitch, as well as keeping the team in a calm collective way to secure the win! Soon after, Grace Robertson found herself scoring a magnificent goal giving Lancaster a 2-0 lead! Feeling safe, half backs Esme Kilshaw and Nina Swarbrick found themselves kicking on further up the pitch, this also created the chance for Esme Kilshaw to take a blinding free hit, taking a Preston player on outside their D and score wonderful goal in the bottom left comer from the top if the D, giving Lancaster a clear victory of 3-0.

Player of the Match: Esme Kilshaw

Team: S Moreland, K Benter, C Foy, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, M Parkin, G Robertson, N Benson, E Reid, L Grayston-Aldren, B Hay, W Savage and J Christeansen

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

The first team now proudly sport their new playing shirts kindly sponsored by The Chop House and Coffee Shop, Church Street, Lancaster.

 

Lancaster 2s 3-1 Southport 2s 

On Saturday 2nd March Lancaster 2nd team faced Southport 2's. After a big defeat the previous week we were keen to pick ourselves up and make sure we didn't loose again. The match started out at a fast, hectic pace and at times felt slightly panicked. Southport had a couple of key players we needed to identify early on and cut out of the game and we did this well for most of the game. Unfortunately we once again let the opposition go one nil up and made it a lot more difficult for ourselves than we needed to! However, this gave us the motivation to press ahead and ensure we didnt let them score anymore as it was clear we were the better team. Shortly after that, the play between midfield and the forwards improved vastly and we moved the ball about with vigour. The results of this hard work were 3 well played goals, one from Julie Walker and 2 from jenny Evans. The final score was 3 -1 to Lancaster 2's which should be enough to keep us near the top of the table. Well played to everyone.

Player of the Match: Jenny Evans

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, J McCabe, L Horner, H Andrews, A Hill, J Evans, S Wilson, I Marshall, A Bunch, C Park, C Davies, J Walker and S Winder

 

Lancaster 3s 0-0 Fulwood 

Lancaster travelled the short journey to play a top of the tale clash against Fulwood. Playing on a pitch with more sand than Morecambe beach slowed the game down for the generally fast pace of Lancaster.
After 5 minutes Lancaster managed to get to grips with the pitch and played some excellent hockey passing the ball accurately around the pitch. Lancaster were unable to capitalise on the pressure with the Fulwood keeper making some excellent saves.
With a squad of 14 Lancaster were able to keep switching the players around the pitch, with every member of the squad giving 110% throughout the game.
It was an excellent performance by Lancaster who came out with a great draw against the team at the top of league.

Team: H Chedwyn-Diggle, G Briggs, C Elley, E Belshire, C Scullion, H Gates, H Winstanley, E Walton, J Higgs, S Winder, A Altham, E Maddocks, K Fairhurst and K Carlyle

 

Lancaster 4s 0-4 Heaton with Oxcliffe 

In what was billed to be a tough match, Lancaster made the short trip across the bridge to Salt Ayre for a top of the table clash with Heaton. 

Both teams were vying for 3points to further their promotion hopes and with Lancaster pushing for a goal they were left exposed at the back and Heaton capitalised with an early goal. 
With the defence under pressure Lancaster changed formation to give their wider players more freedom and soon were rewarded with a penalty corner. A good injection from Eve Park saw Shannon Davey come close will a well timed strike. Rebecca Airey held firm in the centre of midfield supported by Izzy Lavelle, Annie Park, Emily Ledward and Alice Tidswell but Heaton's possession proved too much and they capitalised again. 

Young defenders Anya Briggs and Chloe Shatford kept the quick Heaton forwards at bay with great interceptions and well timed distributions, while keeper Hayley Mills made fantastic saves. Forwards Julie Ashworth and Faye Ledward came close to finding the net with great movement off the ball to pick up possession from Gayle Gledhill and Mel Woods. Heaton were worthy 4-0 winners but Lancaster can be proud of their performance on the day.

Player of the Match: Rebecca Airey

Team: H Mills, G Gledhill, S Davey, A Briggs, C Shatford, M Woods, R Airey, I Lavelle, A Park, E Park, E Ledward, F Ledward, A Tidswell and J Ashworth

Sponsor: Kennedy's Butchers

 

Lancaster 5s 2-0 Clitheroe 4s 

Lancaster 5s met Clitheroe at home and the team had high hopes having beaten them earlier in the season. The match got off to a slow start with the score 0-0 at half time, despite shots on goal by both teams. The second half saw some good play from Lancaster, resulting in an own goal for Clitheroe and a strong goal from Pippa Reilly, leaving the final score 2-0 to Lancaster!

Player of the Match: Molly Ayrton

Team: P Reilly, G Noakes, J Burrow, S Foster, L Sullivan, S Taylor, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, H Ashworth, J Burrows, E Dodd, M Ayrton and G Walker

Sunday 24th February 2013

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Lancaster Development 2-2 Penrith 2s

The game began with possession in Lancaster's favour, but the team were unlucky to not be able to convert this into shots and goals, despite great positioning and runs from the forwards. Soon Penrith began to push to attack, but Lancaster countered well. Goalkeeper Claire made some cracking saves, while the defence made strong tackles before trying to lay the ball off to their midfield who created some brilliant drives forward. However, Lancaster had an uphill climb as they ended up 2-0 behind. With more equal possession in the match, Lancaster stepped their game up another notch and soon had ground out 2 goals to level the playing field. After the strong effort made to equalise, the play remained level and Lancaster held firm to the final whistle, to take a well recovered point away.

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

Team: C Bucknell, A Briggs, R Richardson, J Walker, G Walker, C Shatford, R Addison, P Reilly, E Walton, S Winder, E Dodd, E Bamber-Dowthwaite and E Ledward

Saturday 23rd February 2013

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Lancaster 3s 2-0 Leyland and Chorley 1s

In a battle for 2nd place in League 2 on a snowy Saturday afternoon, Lancaster took on Leyland and Chorley.

Leyland and Chorley started the game well, with the Lancaster defence of Gill Briggs, Cairine Scullion, Eleanor Belshire, Suzanne Wareing and Vicky Perry having to make some crucial saves and tackles to keep the Leyland attack at bay.

Leyland continued to press Lancaster and were awarded a well executed short corner, who drove a shot passed the Lancaster keeper, however it failed to hit the backboard and was disallowed.

This gave Lancaster the wake up call required. Tactics changed and Lancaster began to defend from the front, with Ellie Walton chasing every ball down and pressuring the Leyland players' every step.

The remainder of the 1st half Lancaster created some excellent chances, with the half ending in their own disallowed goal from an excellent strike by Sarah Winder. A stern half time team talk from captain Charlotte Rawes encouraged the Lancaster team to come out strong for the second half.

Some wizardry skills by Kirsty Fairhurst and Kirsty Carlisle down the left side left the Leyland defence in turmoil. Lancaster were eventually awarded a short corner, which was beautifully injected by Lauren Case, hit sweetly by Suzanne Wareing and followed up by Jo Higgs, leaving the Leyland defender with no option but to save on the line with her feet. Penalty flick awarded, Jo Higgs took the flick that curved like a banana past the keeper - one nil to the home team. Lancaster then relaxed and dominated the remainder of the second half, by the strength of midfield from Suzanne Wareing, Helen Gates and Lauren Case.

Another great attack from the right with some excellent play from Lauren Case and Ellie Walton, saw Sarah Winder slot an excellent goal past the Leyland keeper. Another excellent team performance that has helped secure the league 2nd place position.

Player of the Match: Ellie Walton

Team: V Perry, G Briggs, C Scullion, E Belshire, A Altham, S Wareing, S Winder, E Walton, K Carlisle, L Case, J Higgs, H Gates and K Fairhurst
 
Lancaster 4s 5-2 Longridge 3s

Lancaster started the match slow to mark the opposition in the D and were soon punished for this as Longridge were quick to slot in a goal off the post. This was a wake up call for the Lancaster girls and they were eager to get on the scoreboard. Following some cracking balls from the defence of Shannon Davey, Mel Woods, Chloe Shatford, Gayle Gledhill and Anya Briggs, Lancaster were able to create some speedy runs up the the pitch and a cross from Annie Park on the right wing found Emma Coopland-Lee in the D to confidently hit the backboard, bringing the score level. Looking to build from this Lancaster's midfield of Eve Park, Rebecca Airey, Emily Ledward, Emma Wood, Faye Ledward and Annie Park moved the ball beautifully between themselves and the defence, to push the ball up into the Longridge D and some handy hockey won them a couple of short corners. A lovely injection from Eve Park to defender Shannon Davey saw the ball smashed into the goal for Lancaster to take the lead. Keen to retaliate, Longridge pushed into attack with quick passes in their midfield and forward lines and Lancaster's slow marking reactions again left keeper Hayley Mills, who had already made multiple game saving clearances, unassisted and Longridge sneaked the ball over the line to bring the score level at half time.

A necessary team talk from captain Gayle Gledhill spurred Lancaster into action in the second half and the team stepped up to the challenge ahead. Some quick movement on and off the ball from Emily Ledward, with skilful passing and interceptions from Rebecca Airey and Anya Briggs, saw the ball travel in Lancaster's favour and more short corners followed. Another fast-paced injection from Eve Park to Shannon Davey saw Lancaster take the lead as the ball powered into the corner of the goal. From then Lancaster maintained control and they were moving the ball slickly amongst one another to find Julie Ashworth twice in the D as she sailed home another two brilliant goals for her and the team. A hard fought and rewarding match as the team remains above the promotion line.

Player of the Match: Emma Coopland-Lee

Team: G Gledhill, E Coopland-Lee, S Davey, F Ledward, M Woods, E Wood, A Park, E Park, A Tidswell, R Airey, J Ashworth, H Mills, C Shatford, E Ledward and A Briggs

Sunday 17th February 2013

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Lancaster Development 2-1 Kendal

This match started off well from both sides, with Lancaster's strong attack being met by a sturdy Kendal defence. Ellie Walton and Pippa Rielly made some terrific one two passes down the middle of the pitch as they moved the ball further on through Kendal's half. With Eve Dodd on the right, Lancaster used the width of the pitch with the winger making many sideline drives towards the opposition's goal. Early in the half, Ruth Addison found space in the middle of the pitch and carried the ball into the D for a shot. Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite and Ali Warburton were there for the rebound and following some persistence, the ball was placed into the left corner of the goal. With Lancaster's spirits high, they pressed on for more goals but the opposition held them off. Emma Wood and Chloe Shatford were making great passes into the D for Emily Ledward to pick up and take some impressive shots on goal, but Kendal were able to clear the ball away. Despite strong pressure, the Lancaster defence and midfield were hard to beat, with Gemma Walker making some fantastic tackles to win the ball and release up the pitch, as well as Rebecca Richardson making some skilful runs to half-way, following her confident tackles and ball carrying around players, before releasing to the Lancaster midfielders.

In the second half Lancaster were eager to up their goal tally. The ball was played through the team before finding Ali Warburton who strung together a pass with Emily Bamber-Dowthwait who's shot from top D ricocheted of the post and found the back of the goal, giving her and Lancaster their second goals. Quickly following this were Kendal, who gained possession in the middle and drove towards the Lancaster goal, dodging tackles as they progressed. When reaching the Lancaster D they were able to gain a short corner. Keeper Jenny Burrow made the initial save, clearing the ball out of the D, but a quick reaction from Kendal saw them pull the ball back for a second strike, which flew over the diving keeper's head. The opposition's spirits were high, and Lancaster were denied further goals from the strong defence they faced and a disallowed goal following a short corner routine from Ellie Walton and Emily Ledward. However Lancaster maintained pressure and were able to hold onto their well battled lead.

Team: J Burrow, R Richardson, E Walton, P Rielly, R Addison, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, E Dodd, A Warburton, E Wood, C Shatford, G Walker and E Ledward

Saturday 16th February 2013

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Lancaster 2s 4-2 Pendle Forest 2s

Lancaster 2s successfully progressed to the second round of the Caley Cup to face Pendle Forest 2's on Saturday 16th February. Keen to get on as they had places to be post match, as well as never facing this team before, Lancaster started with very little to to warm up or prepare. This showed in the early performance as the team failed to wake up and get out of first gear. Our movements were lethargic and laboured but were still moving the ball out. Unfortunately Pendle capitalised on the weakness and went one nil up and shortly afterwards they scored again to gain a 2 goal advantage. Luckily this brought Lancaster to their senses and they stepped up again with some magical play from Julie Walker and Ailsa Bunch. Lancaster were rewarded with a short corner and Julie made sure to convert this into a solid goal from a straight strike at the top of the D. The momentum continued to gather as the midfield of Jenny Evans, Isabel Marshall, Sharon Wilson, Louisa Bale & Eleanor Dodd were able to pass the ball around, creating excellent passages of play. Ailsa worked the ball well up the right side of the pitch to fire a cross in for Julie who scored on the re bound taking the score to 2 all. The high level of play carried on into the second half and Lancaster were able to take the lead with some strong play up front. The defence remained firm with Angie Hill, Suzanne Wareing, Lottie Horner, Heather Andrews & Carla Bleasdale not allowing any more goals in. Louisa Bale scored the first of the second half goals, following an excellent run up the right and perfectly placing a crossed ball in the back of the net. The final goal came from Isabel Marshall at the top of the D. Everyone worked hard to ensure Lancaster won in the end, and whilst physical at times it was a clean and well worked match.

Player of the Match: Ailsa Bunch

Team: S Moreland, S Wareing, A Hill, L Horner, H Andrews, C Bleasdale, I Marshall, J Evans, S Wilson, L Bale, E Dodd, A Bunch and J Walker

 

Lancaster 5s 1-3 Brookfields

Lancaster 5ths met Brookfields away on the 16th February. Knowing it would be a hard match, Lancaster went ready to defend firmly. Both teams had some good breaks and at half time the score remained 0-0.

The second half saw Brookfields determined to progress, scoring 2 out field goals and 1 goal from a short corner in quick succession. Lancaster continued to attack getting a short corner  to see Ruth Addison take final the score to 3-1.

Team: J Burrow, G Noakes, A Kellet, S Foster, C Shatford, S Taylor, P Rielly, R Addison, M Ayrton, G Walker, J Burrows, E Dodd and E Bamber-Dowthwaite

Sunday 10th February 2013

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Lancaster Development 4-0 Heaton 

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

Sponsor: AEC

Saturday 9th February 2013

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Lancaster 1s 1-0 Newcastle University

Early on Saturday morning, Lancaster set off to travel to Newcastle for an 12 o'clock push back. Lancaster started the game a little frantic and took a while to get into the flow of the game. Some time into the game and the away side, slowly but surely, began to settle and some great attacking play from forwards Leeanne Grayston-Aldren, Whitney Savage and Emma Reid made it easier for their team to send balls swiftly down the side lines. An injury to the head of a Newcastle member paused the game for a while but gave Lancaster the chance to re-group and analyse areas of their play that needed improving. After this small set back, Lancaster began to control more of the game and were awarded a couple of short corners which nearly resulted in a goal from Katie Benter but was disallowed. Newcastle's attack had quick pace but Cath Foy, Katie Benter, Beth Hay and Esme Kilshaw stayed strong together as a unit making sure no chances on goal were given away cheaply. Lancaster now had the confidence to push on and try to get on the score sheet before half time though the whistle blew at a draw.

The second half saw Lancaster change some players positions to assit game play. Newcastle put up a good fight, giving some good strong balls down the left of the pitch but they were soon stripped of their danger by Lancasters defense and goalkeeper Leighan Bleasdale who once again kept Lancaster in the lime light with the best defensive record in the league. The end if the second half drew closer and closer and the away side had some close chances on goal but yet again one shot from Grace Robertson being disallowed. With two minutes left, Lancaster went up another gear which saw Leeanne Grayston-Aldren make a sweet sound of the ball hitting the backboard of the goal just before the whistle ended the game. The aim now if for them to hold the top of the league position.

Player of the Match: Leeanne Grayston-Aldren

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, N Swarbrick, B Hay, E Kilshaw, M Parkin, G Robertson, J Christeansen, E Reid, W Savage, C Daives and L Grayston-Aldren

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop 

 

Lancaster 2s 4-0 Springfields Ladies 3s

Lancaster 2s entertained Springfields 3s at home on Saturday and, although near the bottom of the league, the reverse fixture earlier in the season saw Springs take an early 2 goal lead before Lancaster's comeback to win 3-2. Lancaster were determined not to repeat their usual slow start and true to the prematch chat, Lancaster took the lead within 5 minutes with a goal from Julie Walker. There followed a period of pressure from Springs, resulting in some short corners which were strongly dealt with by Sian Moreland in goal. Lancaster began to pass the ball with precision throughout the team up to the D, which then resulted in a strong strike from Cathy Park for the second goal of the game. Play continued in this manner which gave Jenny Evans the opportunity to score Lancaster's third, 5 minutes from half time.

The second half saw Springs increase the pressure on the Lancaster goal but again Sian Moreland kept them at bay. Despite their pushing Springs couldn't break through and Lancaster finished the scoring with another goal from Julie Walker, giving Lancaster a good solid win.

Player of the Match: Sian Moreland

Team: S Moreland, C Bleasdale, L Horner, H Andrews, S Wareing, A Bunch, I Marshall, S Wilson, J Evans, J Walker, C Park, E Dodd and A Hill
 
 
Lancaster 3s 2-2 Windermere Ladies

Lancaster 3s travelled up to Windermere aiming for a win to keep their pressure on the top team Fulwood Ladies. Lancaster started the first half with this in mind and took a few early shots but unfortunately none came to fruition. Lancaster passed the ball well around the opposition, playing some excellent hockey and maintaining position. 20 minutes into the first half Lancaster's persistency  won them a short corner. After a short injection to the left of the D, the ball was superbly controlled by Ellyse Maddocks and passed back to Lauren Case who was on the post for the finish into the back of the goal.

The second half saw Windermere come out strong and restructured. Within the first 10 minutes they'd given goalkeeper Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle and her defence a hard time and despite several clearances, Windermere managed to cobble together an equiliser. Keen not to let this stop them gaining 3 points, Lancaster battled on for another goal with lots of good chances from forwards Ellie Walton and Helen Winstanley. Unfortunately, a dubious umpiring decision and a Lancaster player knocked to the floor Windermere won a short corner and converted its rebound into their second goal. With 10 minutes left, Lancaster kept their heads high and battled on, with well worked one-two play and determination the team came back into the game. With Jo Higgs and Lauren Case holding the pitch and sending wide balls to open spaces, it wasn't long before Antonia Altham picked one up and powered down the wing like a steam boat, crossing into the D for Jo Higgs to play onto Ellyse Maddocks for her to strike at goal, where a deflection from the defender gave the ball the last push into the goal. With the score at 2-2 and only a few minutes left, Lancaster were pushing hard and holding possession from Windermere. Despite some more determined and well executed hockey, Windermere's defence managed to hold off another goal for Lancaster, leaving the score 2-2 at the final whistle.

Player of the Match: Lauren Case

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Rawes, C Elley, E Belshire, A Altham, C Scullion, J Higgs, L Case, E Maddocks, K Fairhurst, E Walton and H Winstanley

 

Lancaster 4s 11-1 Southport Ladies 3s

Player of the Match: Julie Ashworth

Sponsor: The Bowling Green

 

Lancaster 5s 0-7 Heaton 

On Saturday Lancaster 5ths played Heaton with Oxcliffe. As they are unbeaten everyone knew it would be a tough game. Lancaster defended well and some fantastic saves from Jenny on goal and Sara on the line in defence allowed Lancaster to soak up some of the pressure. Lancaster kept fighting and there were some good breaks. The final score was 7-0 to Heaton.

Team: R Addison, J Burrows, G Noakes, S Foster, J Benn, G Walker, S Taylor, P Rielly, H Ashworth, H Topham, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Hallam, E Dodd and S Christopherson

Sunday 3rd February 2013

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Lancaster Development 5-0 South Lakes Ladies 2s

Lancaster were playing at home against South Lakes. Lancaster battled from the start and did so successfully with Eve Dodd and Gemma Walker making some excellent runs down the left and switching the ball between Julie Walker and Beth Hay who offered several opportunities for goals but South Lakes defence kept the ball out of the goal. However Lancaster battled and Ellie Walton and Lauren Case broke through the oppositions defence and gained a short corner. An accurate injection from Beth Hay allowed Shannon Davey to fire the ball past the keeper giving Lancaster an early lead.

South Lakes fought back and continued to challenge Lancaster’s defence but Pippa Reilly and Ruth Addison tackled and switched the ball between Rebecca Richardson, Nicola Sharples and Izzy Mayor who moved the ball up the pitch to Ali Warburton on the right and Gemma Walker on the left who dribbled past South Lakes and passing to Beth Hay. The ball was then slipped to Emily Bamber- Douthwaite who smacked the ball past the goalies stick meaning Lancaster were 2-0 ahead going into the second half.

In the second half South Lakes had a few shots on goal but Izzy Lavelle effortlessly kept Lancaster two goals ahead and Rebecca Richardson and Ruth Addison cleared the ball up the pitch. Eleanor Belshire continued driving into the D and slipped the ball to Emily Bamber-Douthwaite who lifted the ball over the goalie gaining her second goal of the day. With Lauren Case and Julie walker continuously breaking through South Lakes defence it meant that Ruth Addison and Izzy Mayor were able to offer support as Lancaster began to strengthen their attack. Julie Walker weaved her way round the opposition and took a powerful strike gaining Lancaster another goal. Gemma Walker and Eve Dodd drove the ball down the left and into the attacking D where a short corner was given. Ellie Walton injected the ball to Shannon Davey who then smashed the ball to the left post where Ellie Walton knocked it past the goalie finishing the game with a 5-0 win.

Player of the Match: Ellie Walton

Team: Lauren Case, Ali Warburton, Pippa Reilly, Ruth Addison, Beth Hay, Nicola Sharples, Julie Walker, Gemma Walker, Shannon Davey, Izzy Mayor, Izzy Lavelle, Ellie Walton, Emily Bamber-Douthwaite and Eve Dodd


Lancaster 4s 5-1 Lancaster 5s

The two Lancaster teams met both eager for points; the 4s chasing promotion and the 5s wanting to continue one of their best seasons to date, as they steadily climb the table. Both teams started strong from the whistle, with 4s forwards Julie Ashworth and Faye Ledward pushing high as their midfield of Shannon Davey, Alice Tidswell, Ellie Walton and Annie and Eve Park worked the ball up the pitch but the 5s defence held strong with Molly Ayrton, Pippa Reilly, Sara Foster, Jemma Benn and Georgia Noakes making some excellent tackles. The 4s won a few short corners, but despite fast and hard shots at goal keeper Laraine Sullivan made multiple saves to keep the game level. Some well worked play from the 4s saw Julie Ashworth slot home the first goal. Play remained level for the first half with a 4s short corner strike from Gill Briggs was slotted sweetly into the bottom corner for the final goal of the half.

The second half saw an increase in midfield play, with 5s Ruth Addison, Gemma Walker, Sophie Cristopherson and Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite creating lots of movement up and down the pitch but the defence of Rebecca Richardson, Gill Briggs, Anya Briggs and Mel Woods held them up and played the ball back up through the pitch for Gayle Gledhill to play on. Keeper Isabel Lavelle was alert to make quick clearences when called upon. Another 4s short corner was won and Shannon Davey stepped up to drive a straight strike in to the bottom corner of the goal. This was soon followed by Julie Ashworth finding the goal again after a slick cross from Alice Tidswell. Eve Park was the 4s final scorer, again from a well worked ball up the pitch which was cooly struck into goal. However the 5s continued to try and break forward and were rewarded when a slick strike at goal from forward Eve Dodd shot its way into the bottom right of the goal to make the score 5-1 at the final whistle.

Player of the Match: Alice Tidswell

4th Team: I Lavelle, S Davey, G Briggs, A Briggs, M Woods, R Richardson, G Gledhill, A Park, E Park, F Ledward, A Tidswell, E Walton and J Ashworth

5th Team: L Sullivan, R Addison, P Reilly, G Noakes, M Ayrton, S Foster, J Benn, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, E Dodd, G Walker and S Christopherson

Saturday 2nd February 2013

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Lancaster 1s 2-0 Didsbury Northern Ladies 1s

Didsbury made the trip up to Lancaster this Saturday, to play an exciting top of the league clash. Both teams started strong, but it was Lancaster that had the upper hand. Lancaster's defence, held strong by Katie Benter and Cath Foy, maintained possession well and fed the ball out to returning player Jayde Christeansen and Esme Kilshaw at half backs for them to work with the midfield. The goal came from the right hand side with Grace Robertson feeding a smart pass to Leanne Grayston-Aldren who then drove the ball into the circle, for Emma Reid to capitalise on and leave Didsbury shell shocked. Mel Parkin worked tirelessly in midfield to act as an important pivot player to control Lancaster's possession.  The second goal soon came from a well practiced short corner routine where defender Katie Benter managed to score her first goal of the season and left Lancaster in a very safe situation going into half time.

After half time Didsbury not making many changes continued their attacking play but Lancaster's thoughts were set on maintaining their lead. Beth Hay did well in adapting to her new defensive role, as left half, working well with Nicola Benson and feeding smart balls down the line, to an awaiting Whitney Savage. Claire Davies a new addition to the team, moved carefully into space to assist the transfer of the ball from midfield to attack to continue putting pressure on the away side. Lancaster's keeper Leighan Bleasdale had a fairly quiet game, only having a couple of touches but remained vocal and focused in helping the team secure the win and continued her clean sheet run.

Player of the Match: Mel Parkin

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, E Kilshaw, J Christeansen, B Hay, M Parkin, G Robertson, N Benson, E Reid, L Grayston-Aldren, W Savage and C Davies

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop  


Lancaster 3s 3-0 Southport Ladies 2s

Despite the lack of games in the recent weeks because of the weather Lancaster were relishing the chance to play Southport plus Kim Montgomery came out of retirement to add her experience to the youthful team. After a strong first 10 minutes of the game Lancaster had made promising moves up the left flank Catherine Elley and Kirsty Fairhurst linking well, the first real chance of the game came from Lancaster moving up the right with Lauren Case sweeping the ball into the D which was slotted home by Helen Winstanley. The team continued to press Southport defenders but Eleanor Belshire cut up the defence like a lawn mower and hit the ball into the top corner of the goal, a goal any gardener would be proud off!
Southport were determined to come out the blocks in the second half with a bang but a defence made up of Kim Montgomery, Charlotte Rawes, Antonia Altham and Catherine Elley kept Southport’s strikers frustrated and Hannah Chetwynd- Diggle making few but crucial saves. Lancaster continued to press with Ellie Walton and Helen Gates acting as an outlet; soon the next goal came from a Eleanor Belshire cross which Helen Winstanley getting the crucial touch into the goal leaving Lancaster sailing to victory!

Player of the Match: Eleanor Belshire

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Rawes, C Elley, E Belshire, A Altham, E Park, L Case, H Gates, H Winstanley, K Fairhurst and E Walton
 

Lancaster 4s 8-0 Blackpool Ladies 3s

Lancaster started the game with confidence knowing that every goal scored was important. Lancaster started strong with lovely team play from all the team building in confidence as we went. Pressure started to build on Blackpool with good tackles and strong passes coming from Annie Park and Rebecca Airey. Goals soon came quick with one coming after the other from Faye Ledward, Sam Taylor, Annie Park, Anya Briggs, Julie Ashworth with another hattrick and a superb strike from a penalty corner coming from the captain Gayle Gledhill.

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

Team: H Mills, M Woods, G Briggs, C Shatford, A Park, A Briggs, R Airey, F Ledward, S Taylor, J Ashworth, H Ashworth and G Gledhill

Sponsor: The Bowling Green


Lancaster 5s 0-7 Brookfield Ladies

Lancaster hosted Brookfields for what was going to be a tough game. Brookfields started scoring early and with several injuries for the Lancaster side the score had reached 5-0 by the half time whistle. Having regrouped the second half was much improved, with good defensive and attacking work leading to a final score of 7-0.

Team: J Burrow, R Addison, G Noakes, S Foster, P Reilly, J Walker, J Ben, H Topham, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Hallam, J Burrows and E Dodd

Sunday 27th January 2013

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Lancaster Development 5-0 Ulverston Ladies 2s

From the whistle Lancaster battled hard, but Ulverston held strong with play remaining in the middle of the pitch. Lancaster were able to make some fast breaks through the midfield, with Ellie Walton and Julie Walker linking well together in the middle, as Megan Rawes and Gemma Walker made some great runs down the wings. One of these breaks developed into a short corner, converted by Julie Walker who flicked it over the keeper, after Shannon Davey fired it towards the bottom left corner.

The second half saw Lancaster step up their game and develop more attacking play. Lancaster won another short corner and their second goal; an Ellie Walton injection to Julie Walker saw the ball slipped to Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite, who smashed the ball into the bottom right corner. From then on Lancaster were hungry for more goals. Despite some quick breaks from the opposition the defence of Pippa Reilly, Ruth Addison, Georgia Noakes and Rebecca Richardson held strong and played the ball out of danger, with fantastic saves from the ever alert Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle, who made a great clearance from the edge of the D. Although Ulverston won a short corner, their chance at goal was stopped by a goal line save from Shannon Davey and Lancaster were soon on the attack again. Julie Walker played the ball wide to daughter Gemma Walker who sent a fantastic cross across the D for Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite to slot into the goal. Following some more equal play, Ellie Walton drove towards the D and sent a straight ball to Megan Rawes who slapped the ball through the keepers legs for Lancaster's fourth. Continuing the drive for goals, Cairine Scullion played a fantastic ball from the defence to Ali Warburton, who moved the ball on to Julie Walker who found Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite to complete her hattrick as she lifted the ball over the keeper.

Player of the Match: Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Scullion, R Addison, P Reilly, R Richardson, G Noakes, S Davey, J Walker, G Walker, A Warburton, M Rawes, E Walton and E Bamber-Dowthwaite

Saturday 12th January 2013

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Lancaster 1s 2-1 Harrogate Ladies 1s

On Saturday, Lancaster travelled to Harrogate in their first league fixture after the Christmas break and it was the home side who started more strongly. Lancaster keeper Leighan Bleasdale was kept busy in the opening exchanges, but she was up to the task and ensured that the visitors stayed in the game until they gradually began to assert themselves. This came in the shape of a short corner, which gave them the opportunity to get out of the blocks and it was Emma Reid who duly obliged as she calmly pushed the ball over the line. As the first half progressed, Lancaster capitalised on their growing confidence and began to show slick passing movements from defence to attack. Leeanne Grayston-Aldren hit the ball powerfully into the D and Beth Hay got the all-important guiding touch to direct the ball into the goal, giving Lancaster a two goal lead for the start of the second half.

Both teams kept up a similar high tempo in the second half, but it was Harrogate who managed to find their way into Lancaster's defence and were rewarded with a penalty flick. They took full advantage of this and brought the score up to 2-1. Harrogate's renewed confidence was a stern test for the Lancaster defence of Cath Foy, Katie Benter, Esma Kilshaw and Nina Swarbrick, but the Lancaster back line was more than up to the task and remained composed and steadfast. Good linking play between the defence and the midfield trio of Grace Robertson, Nicola Benson and Mel Parkin meant Lancaster were a constant threat. Lancaster saw out the remainder of the second half and returned an important three points back across the border, to keep them in second place in the table.

Player of the Match: Leighan Bleasdale

Team: L Bleasdale, C Foy, K Benter, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, M Parkin, G Robertson, N Benson, E Reid, W Savage, C Park, B Hay and L Grayston-Aldren

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 3s 3-0 Pendle Forest 3s

Despite the festive break, Lancaster came out strong from the start, within 15 minutes they were playing some fantastic hockey with lovely fluent play from the defence through to the forward line. The first goal came 10 minutes into the game, with an excellent run from Kirsty Fairhurst leading to a fantastic first touch in the D from Kirsty Carlyle and Louisa Bale swiftly slotted it in the back of the net. The team continued to pressure the experienced Pendle team, ending the first half by clipping the post from a long corner taken by Lauren Case to Ellie Walton.

Following the half time interval, Pendle came out stronger and were testing the defensive line up of Chetwynd-Diggle, Rawes, Altham, Scullion and Belshire, but to no avail. The Lancaster team were able to counter act them with their speed on the ball and soon Annie Park had scored a lovely second goal. The final game came in the last 5 minutes, with a superb strike from Lauren Case, following an excellent run from Helen Gates.

Player of the Match: Kirsty Fairhurst

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Scullion, C Rawes, E Belshire, A Altham, K Carlyle, L Case, H Gates, L Bale, K Fairhurst, A Park and E Walton

 

Lancaster 4s 2-3 Brookfields Ladies

The match started equally with both teams aware that these 3 points could have a great effect on promotion. The majority of play started in the middle of the pitch, although Brookfields were pressing the Lancaster D hard at times, but the defence of Gill Briggs, Shannon Davey, Anya Briggs, Chloe Shatford and Molly Ayrton stood firm, with keeper Hayley Mills making some terrific saves. Lancaster soon made a break with quick sharp passing up the pitch and won themselves a short corner. A quick ball from Eve Park to Shannon Davey saw a well placed shot roll into the bottom corner, and Lancaster were one up. Brookfields soon retaliated and the ball had crossed the Lancaster goal line within minutes.

The second half saw Lancaster strengthen; passes were faster and more accurate and the hard work rate of midfielders Emma Wood, Eve Park, Rebecca Airey and Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite resulted in another short corner. A fantastic ball out from Eve Park saw Shannon Davey power home a second goal and Lancaster took the lead again. Brookfields were eager to retaliate but, with the strong midfield and forwards Julie Ashworth and Faye Ledward coming back to defend and carry the ball away, they were unsuccessful. It wasn't until Lancaster began to tire towards the end that Brookfields took advantage and received a succession of short corners. Soon they had levelled at 2-2. Lancaster continued to push for the lead but they were unable to hit the back of the net. Another Brookfields short corner and some scrappy play saw the ball roughly forced into Lancaster's goal and by the final whistle the score remained the same.

Player of the Match: Eve Park

Team: H Mills, S Davey, G Briggs, A Briggs, C Shatford, M Ayrton, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, R Airey, E Park, F Ledward, E Wood and J Ashworth

 

Lancaster 5s 1-0 Lancaster and Morecambe 3s

Lancaster 5s met Morecambe 3s in an even match on Saturday. The first half ended with both teams goalless, despite some strong game play.

In the second half, Lancaster, who had three new players and two out of retirement, stepped up their game and were moving the ball well. Persistent pressure led to a short corner goal from captain Ruth Addison and Lancaster maintained this lead to the final whistle.

Team: R Addison, P Rielly, J Burrow, G Noakes, L Sullivan, J Walker, S Foster, K Montgomery, A Hallam, S Cristopherson, E Dodd, J Burrows and S Taylor

Saturday 15th December 2012

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Lancaster 1s 0-0 Brooklands Poynton 2s

Brooklands came out strong in the first half and Lancaster found themselves under pressure in the first minutes of the game. The team began to settle down and played the ball around the defence of Cath Foy, Katie Benter, Esme Kilshaw and Nina Swarbrick looking for the space to begin to open. Openings began to appear for midfielders Grace Robertson and Nicola Benson to take, which resulted in Lancaster having being awarded many penalty corners. After many good saves from the Brooklands keeper, Lancaster were unable to convert.

Lancaster came out stronger in the second half with Mel Earl and Emma Reid playing balls into plenty of space for Forwards Whitney savage, Beth Hay and Cathy Park who were making lead runs. Brookland’s made some attacking moves in the tightly contested game however Defenders Katie and Cath stayed cool and composed leaving them with little space for shots on target. The game ended with no goals for either team, however Lancaster are still second in the league with the top in sight.

Team: L Bleasdale, C Foy, K Benter, E Kilshaw, N Swarbrick, G Robertson, N Benson, M Earl, E Reid, W Savage, B Hay and C Park

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 1-1 Lancaster and Morecambe 1s

Lancaster traveled to local rival Lancaster and Morecambe, determined to carry on their recent run of good results. The game was a keenly contested affair, with Morecambe on top of the early exchanges and took the lead from some strong pressure, stealing the ball from the Lancaster defence to go one up. This sparked Lancaster into life and were level within 10 minutes. The game saw both goalies on top, with Sian Moreland making game-saving-saves and stand out performances from Heather Andrew and Sharon Wilson.

Team: S Moreland, H Andrew, C Bleasdale, S Wareing, I Marshall, A Bunch, E Maddocks, J Walker, L Horner, E Dodd, S Wilson, L Bale and S Winder

 

Lancaster 3s 3 - 0 Lancaster and Morecambe 2s

Lancaster attacked for the first whistle and were fighting for every ball. The first half saw some training ground passing and switching moves, leaving Morecambe watching enviously. Within 20 minutes the hard work paid off with an excellent move down the right hand side of the pitch from Eleanor Belshire and Antonia Altham, which was then completed by a stunning shot from Jo Higgs that flew past the Morecambe keeper. Lancaster continued to make captain Charlotte Rawes proud, by playing the ball beautifully around the defence of Cairine Scullion, Catherine Elley and Antonia Altham, through to the midfield of Ellyse Maddocks, Helen Gates and Kirsty Carlyle and up to the forwards of Ellie Walton, Helen Winstanley, Jaz Hudson and Kirsty Fairhurst.

The Morecambe team came out stronger and harder in the second half and forced some excellent saves by Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle, with Lancaster's strong and calm defence also holding off the opposition. Lancaster's speed on the attack managed to pressure the Morecambe defence and then a further break through in the last 10 minutes saw Lancaster awarded a penalty flick. Again the ball found the back of the net with ease from Jo Higgs. The young Lancaster team remained eager to add further goals and continued their attack with a goal line scramble from a superb short corner routine, that Antonia Altham finished off to finish the game at 3-0.

Player of the Match: Ellyse Maddocks

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Scullion, E Belshire, C Elley, H Gates, A Altham, J Hudson, J Higgs, E Walton, E Maddocks, K Carlyle, K Fairhurst and H Winstanley

 

Lancaster 4s 9-0 Lancaster and Morecambe 3s

At the whistle, Lancaster were quick to pile the pressure on throughout the pitch, and within 2 minutes, Emma Wood had taken advantage of the inexperience defence to slam home Lancaster's opening goal. Morecambe continued to struggle through the first half, as Lancaster passed the ball smoothly between themselves and were able to convert a further 4 goal by half time, 1 from Julie Ashworth and a hat trick from young player Faye Ledward.

Lancaster came out in the second half hungry for more goals; Julie Ashworth was soon rewarded with her second following a short corner. Eve Park quickly added to the tally to seal her return to the team following injury. Shannon Davey added an eighth goal after a strong short corner strike soared into the goal, rewarding an excellent game for the young defender. Before the final whistle Emma Wood was able to slot the ball into the back of the net for her second and Lancaster's ninth and final goal of the game. An excellent team performance to maintain the team's position above the promotion line.

Players of the Match: Shannon Davey and Faye Ledward

Team: H Mills, S Davey, M Woods, R Airey, A Briggs, E Park, A Park, E Wood, I Lavelle, C Shatford, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, F Ledward and J Ashworth

Saturday 8th December 2012

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Lancaster 1s 2-1 Deeside Ramblers 

Lancaster travelled to Deeside Ramblers for what would be the contest for 2nd place in the league. Lancaster were determined to get the 3 points and carry on their strong defensive record against a Deeside team that appeared to be on good form. A win for Lancaster would be the perfect send off for Fran O’Neill who, after captaining Lancaster for several seasons, is leaving to begin her new life in France.

 

The day started off in fine fashion with the arrival of the new team shirts, kindly provided by 'Church Street Chop House and Coffee Shop', Lancaster certainly looked the part and started the game in similar style. The Lancaster attack pressed the opposition hard and won the ball off a Deeside pushback. Grace Robertson used her speed to tear up the defence whilst Whitney Savage and Lucy Hilton took defenders out of position. After just 90 seconds Nicola Benson broke through and converted Lancaster’s first goal with a sweet reverse stick strike. Later in the half Lancaster continued to dominate possession and a well worked cross from Lucy Hilton was struck by Nicola Benson, deflected by the Deeside 'keeper and Beth Hay calmly turned the ball into the goal.

 

Lancaster managed to contain Deeside for the majority of the 1st half, Katie Benter, Cath Foy, Emma Reid and Fran O’Neill remained composed and passed the ball around the back before an opening appeared. Deeside were lucky to have one of their players remain on the pitch with a blatant stick being thrown into play. Deeside’s only significant chance came on the half time whistle where they had a penalty corner. Cath Foy was quick to react and remained solid to clear the ball away. 2-0 to Lancaster at half time.

 

In all credit to Deeside they came at Lancaster at the start of the second half aggressively, showing why they were 2nd in the league. Despite the initial nervous start Lancaster slowly began to rebuild themselves, dealing with the pressure well. Leighan Bleasdale making a couple of early saves to maintain the two goal advantage. Mel Parkin offloading the ball to the midfield for the quick counter attacks. Beth Hay and Cathy Park making some excellent runs out wide in the hope of penetrating the Deeside defence further. Despite Deeside’s constant disregard of the 5 metre rule their behaviour remained unpunished. It was Lancaster that fell foul to a couple of stick tackles and obstruction having two players yellow carded.

 

Deeside had a number of short corners in the 2nd half which Lancaster dealt with well. Deeside finally converted a short corner after a slip on the defensive run out, an awkward deflection put Deeside back in the game. 2-1 with 10 minutes to go. Lancaster hung on well until the end of the game, 3 more points gained in what has been a great first half of the season, with only one more game left before the Christmas break; at home to Brooklands Poynton this Saturday, 3pm at Lancaster University, please come and show your support.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, F O'Neill, M Parkin, E Reid, G Robertson, N Benson, L Hilton, B Hay, W Savage and C Park

Players of the Match: K Benter and N Benson

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 5s 0-0 Longridge 3s 

On a very wet Saturday afternoon Lancaster travelled to Longridge. It was a very equal game, with lots of injuries and no goals. Some fabulous stops by Jenny in goal, and some persistent marking by Jemma. Good play from both sides meant that the 0-0 draw was a fair result.

Team: Ruth Addison, Pippa Rielly, Chloe Shatford, Georgia Noakes, Jemma Benn, Molly Ayrton, Hannah Ashworth, Alison Kellet, Eve Dodd, Emily Bamber-Dowthwait, Anya Briggs, Sam Taylor and Jenny Burrows

Player of the Match: Jemma Benn

 

Saturday 1st December 2012

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Lancaster 1s 1-0 Pendle Forest 1s 
 
Lancaster started the game strongly, putting Pendle on the back foot from the whistle. As always, Lancaster had gone out fast eager to get an early goal to start their strive for the 3 points positively. With a few players down, the forward line of Beth Hay, Lucy Hilton and Cathy Park worked tirelessly high up the pitch to create space for the second line of defence to play the balls cleverly through to them. Nicola Benson, Emma Reid and Grace Robertson carefully selected passes for each situation and soon a goal came, worked up from the back; clean one two play between Esme Kilshaw and Mel Parkin created space up the line for Lucy Hilton to take possession and maintain it around two of the opposition, before precisely playing the ball to Nicola Benson to slot into the goal.
 
A goal up, Lancaster were wanting to create a bigger lead to secure the match. The second half saw Lancaster's defence working non-stop to turn over the balls that threatened their half. Full and half-backs Katie Benter, Cath Foy, Esme Kilshaw and Nina Swarbrick worked well with Mel Parkin to maintain possession until the opportunity to play it forward surfaced. Keeper Leighan Bleasdale made few but crucial saves throughout the match and added another clean sheet to her tally, with the score remaining 1-0 by the final whistle.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, M Parkin, G Robertson, E Reid, N Benson, B Hay, C Park and L Hilton
 
Player of the Match: Nina Swarbrick

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Saturday 24th November 2012

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Lancaster 1s 6-0 Preston 1s

With some small change to the formation, a fantastic training session mid-week and a thorough team talk from coach, Ian Hunter before the game – there was no doubt that the girls were up for the local derby match. On home turf against struggling Preston, the team took from the blocks at lightning pace. They were 1 nil up with 5 minutes when Lucy Hilton’s initial strike was pounced upon by Grace Robertson who calmly flicked the ball, reverse stick in to the net. Preston struggled maintain possession. Throughout the game the rotating forwards Whitney Savage, Beth Hay, Lucy Hilton and Leeanne Grayson-Aldren, all jumped back and formed the first line of defence high up the field.

High energy levels throughout the centre from Mel Parkin, Nicola Benson, Grace Robertson and Emma Reid allowed Lancaster to control the game and attack at pace. 2 further goals were added to the tally before half time, from Nicola Benson and Whitney Savage. Further constructive instructions at half time meant Lancaster were far from finished, and were not going to sit back.

On an occasion where Preston did penetrate the shooting area, keeper Leighan Bleasdale was quick off the mark to not only meet the ball, but play it to her team mate Cath Foy, who found Katie Benter. The team strung together a number of quick passes, the full length of the field and within seconds the ball had travelled from danger in to the goal at the other end, Whitney Savage getting the final touch. A stunning team effort to go 4 nil up. It was shortly after this that Lancaster made their first mistake, Emse Kilshaw closing down too soon on a self-take pass, which resulted in a yellow card, Lancaster were down to 10.

Preston had undoubtedly hoped for a breather, but Katie Benter made a shout from the heart of defence, the team regrouped and the response from Lancaster was inspirational. 2 goals in 2 minutes - Benson and Robertson each finding the net for a second time. As the clock ticked away, Lancaster retained possession well; swinging the ball around the back with Nina Swarbrick, Katie Benter, Cath Foy and Esme Kilshaw. The game ended 6-0, a fantastic turnaround from the team who now need to continue their performance into the next run of games.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, M Parkin, G Robertson, E Reid, N Benson, W Savage, B Hay, L Grayston-Aldren and L Hilton

Player of the Match: G Robertson
 
Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop
 

Lancaster 3s 0-0 Fulwood 

With a home game this week, the young Lancaster team played the team currently first in the league. Lancaster got off to a great straight, with some excellent passing moves throughout the pitch. Lancaster allowed Fulwood to get back into the game, their strength on the ball slightly out weighed Lancaster and Fulwood, capitalised with a well executed shot, that hit the back of the net. 0-1.

Lancaster's spirits remained high, with some excellent balls out of defence from the very calm and collected Shannon Davey who had an absolute stormer of a game! Lancaster's defence of Cairine Scullion, Toni Altham, Del Gates, Shannon Davey and the awesome Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle played brilliant with some crunching tackles and amazing lay offs. Just before half time, Fulwood had another break and scored again.

A motivating half time team talk from captain Charlotte, meant the Lancaster team came out stronger in the 2nd half! The Lancaster midfield of Rebecca Airey, Catherine Elley, Eleanor Belshire, Lauren Case, Kirsty Carlyle and Jasmine Hudson made sure they were first to every ball, playing some outstanding 1 2's all over the pitch. The forwards Helen Winstanley and Annie Park linked well with the midfield, unfortunately for Lancaster we were unable to capitalise, and get the ball in the back of the net. In the dying minutes Fulwood, created a further goal.

With the score a side, Lancaster played some great hockey, the whole team put 110% effort, they worked extremely well as a team throughout the pitch passing the ball excellently until the final circle. Lancaster should not be disappointed in their performance, they really showed an excellent team spirit that made their captain proud! Well done to Shannon and Rebecca making their seasons debut in the 3rd team!

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Scullion, H Gates, E Belshire, A Altham, C Elley, L Case, A Park, H Winstanley, K Carlyle, J Hudson, S Davey and R Airey
 

Lancaster 5s 1-1 Southport 3s 

Lancaster 5ths played Southport 3s on Saturday. In the past Southport matches have proved to be scrappy and marked by high tempers. This was no different. The first half was remarkable only for very poor play from both teams. Southport capitalised on Lancaster's poor marking to score taking them into half time 1-0 up. After some stern words Lancaster came back and played good expansive hockey using the width of the pitch and chasing every ball. Their efforts were rewarded when a short corner strike from Ruth finally connected with the back of the goal. Final score 1-1.

Team: Jenny Burrow, Ruth Addison (c), Pippa Rielly, Georgia Noakes, Jemma Benn, Sam Taylor, Sara Foster, Chloe Shatford, Hannah Ashworth, Jess Burrows, Anya Briggs, Eve Dodd, Alison Kellet and Emily Bamber Dowthwaite

Player of the Match: Anya Briggs

Sunday 18th November 2012

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Lancaster Development 1-3 Kirkby Stephen 

On Sunday Lancaster development team played away against Kirby Stephen resulting in an unfortunate defeat. Alison Kellet bravely volunteering as goalkeeper made some great saves from the hard Kirby balls coming her way. Supporting her and keeping a strong defence was the works of Shannon Davey, Rebecca Richardson, Charlotte Rawes, Molly Ayrton and Pippa Rielly, making some amazing tackles, keeping the ball well away from the danger area and good long balls from Shannon, Charlotte and Molly for the forwards Faye Ledward, Sarah Winder and Annie Park to hook onto, to make some speedy runs down the wings. Linking the whole game together were the essential midfield players, Rebecca Airey, Emily Bamber-Dothwaite, Megan Rawes and Ellie Walton who made some awesome tackles and controlling ball work up the sides, pressurising the competition. Some good attacking play from the midfielders, doing a pleasing job of supporting upfront and making as may opportunities as possible for the team.

Team: Alison Kellet(GK), Shannon Davey, Rebecca Richardson, Charlotte Rawes, Molly Ayrton, Pippa Rielly, Faye Ledward, Sarah Winder, Annie Park(Captain), Rebecca Airey, Emily Bamber-Dothwaite, Megan Rawes and Ellie Walton

Player of the Match: Annie Park

Saturday 17th November 2012

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Lancaster 1s 0-1 Wakefield 2s

Lancaster 1st team travelled to Wakefield on Saturday. Despite Wakefield laying in 8th position and Lancaster were 3rd, Lancaster were aware that the team they were facing would be strengthened. Lancaster were also without a win for three games and the only acceptable outcome was 3 points.

In usual fashion, Lancaster hit the ground running and attacked the game with great determination. In previous fixtures this has resulted in domination across the pitch. On Saturday however, for each opportunity they created the home side created one of their own.

Throughout the game rotating strikers Lucy Hilton, Beth Hay, Cathy Park and Fran O’Neill worked hard to create opportunities and space. Cath Foy, Katie Benter, Nina Swarbrick, Emse Kilshaw and Emma Reid retrieved possession when Wakefield countered and converted the retrieval into attack. Despite the pace, and exciting opportunities, neither team could capitalise and the score remained 0-0 at half time.

The Lancaster girls have worked hard on their fitness to date, and this was paying dividends as the pace of the game continued into the second half. In what truly was an end to end game, Nicola Benson, Grace Robertson and Mel Parkin worked tirelessly through midfield linking the attacks and assisting in defence. Some superb commitment and determination from the whole team allowed further opportunities, but failed to find the net. It was Wakefield who ended the deadlock, with a well worked penalty corner, and the score remained 1-0.

Team: Leighan Bleasdale, Katie Benter, Cath Foy, Nina Swarbrick, Emma Reid, Esme Kilshaw, Mel Parkin, Grace Robertson, Nicola Benson, Lucy Hilton, Cathy Park, Beth Hay and Fran O'Neill

Players of the Match: Mel Parkin and Nicola Benson
 
Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop
 
Coach: Ian Hunter


Lancaster 2s 0-1 Springfield 2s 
 
Lancaster faced their hardest challenge yet on Saturday 17th September. Their closest rivals in the league, Springfield's 2's, came to visit. We knew this weeks match would be a challenge and we were lucky enough that we had a full squad bar one.
 
The game was fast paced from the beginning and the defence of Lottie Horner, Jen McCabe, Carla Bleasdale, Heather Andrew & Suzanne Wareing had to get organised quickly. Springfield pushed us hard all game and the midfield of Ailsa Bunch, Jenny Evans, Sharon Wilson, Eleanor Dodd & Izzy Marshall were constantly tracking back to help move the ball on again. The opposition stayed composed and passed the ball around continually looking for gaps as we lost 2 of our players through injuries. They started getting a little harassed towards the end of the first half as their pressure wasn't amounting to a goal. Sian Moreland was keeping us safe with some cracking saves & Lancaster stayed strong and kept them at bay. Unfortunately the second half wasn't to prove so successful with us going 1 - 0 down after an unlucky goal. Claire Davies and Sarah Winder worked hard with the ball when they got it and we had a few close calls and unlucky misses but unfortunately it wasn't to be. The game finished 1 -0 to Springfield but we'll be sure to get them back on their turf next year!
 
Team: Sian Moreland, Heather Andrew, Jen McCabe, Carla Bleasdale, Lottie Horner, Suzanne Wareing, Sharon Wilson, Ailsa Bunch, Jenny Evans, Isabel Marshall, Sarah Winder, Claire Davies and Eleanor Dodd.
 
 
Lancaster 3s vs Leyland and Chorley

Lancaster travelled to Leyland to play the 3rd in league, following a convincing win the previous week of 6-1, the young Lancaster team were in great spirits. From the first whistle Leyland put the young team under pressure. The strong defence of Rawes, Scullion, Altham and Belshire along with the awesome keeper Hannah managed to keep the ball out of the back of the using their great balance of skill, strength and experience.

The midfield of Maddocks, Case, Elley, Hudson and Carlyle showed continued guts and determination battling hard, throughout the game, despite the pressure imposed by the experienced Leyland and Chorley team. Leyland and Chorley finally broke the deadlock with a well executed short corner routine! Even the awesome Hannah did not stand a chance!

Despite the half time team talk Lancaster were unable to take full control of the game, although there was some excellent runs by Walton and Park playing up front who ensured their goal keeper was tested. There was moments of greatness and excellent passing but unfortunately on the day Lancaster were between by the strength and experience of Leyland and Chorley. Girl of the Game went this week to Ellie Walton, who despite playing slightly out of her normal position, had a great game, showing her versatility and exceptional skills.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Rawes, C Scullion, E Belshire, C Elley, A Altham, J Hudson, L Case, E Walton, A Park, E Maddocks and K Carlyle


Lancaster 5s 3 vs Clitheroe 2

Lancaster played Clitheroe away on Saturday, they began with high hopes and from the outset attacked well. A goal from Sam Taylor with just 5 seconds until half time put Lancaster 1-0 up.

A hit by Ruth Addison from a short corner early in the second half took the score to 2-0. Clitheroe retaliated and gained their first goal from a short corner. Some great play from Eve Dodd and Hannah Topham resulted in a 3rd goal for Lancaster from Eve Dodd (girl of the game) taking the score to 3-1. Clitheroe used a break away to score the final goal of the match, giving Lancaster their first win on the season, final score 3-2.

Team: Jenny Burrows, Alison Kellet, Georgia Noakes, Sara Foster, Gemma Benn, Pippa Rielly, Ruth Addison, Hannah Ashworth, Hannah Topham, Ellie Greenhalgh, Sam Taylor, Jess Burrow and Eve Dodd

Player of the Match: Eve Dodd

Sunday 11th November 2012

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Lancaster Development 1-1 Lancaster and Morecambe Development

Lancaster met Lancaster and Morecambe in similar standing on the results table and came out fighting from the first whistle, with multiple players trying new positions.

The ball was worked around the middle of the pitch, with possession often changing hands as both teams tried to work the ball into the opposing D. Ellie Walton and Sarah Winder worked well together in centre midfield, moving the ball up and out to wide players Olivia Grayson and Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle to carry the ball forwards. This play benefited Lancaster with Sarah Winder making a brilliant run on goal, following a pass from the wing, and scoring the first goal of the game.

When Lancaster and Morecambe won back possession Ruth Addison, Molly Ayrton, Eleanor Belshire and Shannon Davey were on hand to make strong tackles in order to keep their D clear. Keeper Leighan Bleasdale was always alert for any shots that broke through, making strong clearances and arranging the defence in response to the game play.

After half time Lancaster gained a few attacking short corners, but Lancaster were unable to take the lead further with quick reactions from Lancaster and Morecambe and an unfortunate disallowed goal for Shannon Davey. However, forwards Emma Wood, Eve Dodd and Ali Warburton were pressuring the oppositions D with the help of Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle and Annabel Humphries, but Lancaster were unlucky not to hit the backboard.

Lancaster and Morecambe followed this up with strong pressure on the Lancaster defence, with young defender Rebecca Richardson making some fantastic block tackles. Yet Lancaster and Morecambe continued their press and were rewarded with an equaliser late in the second half, levelling an evenly matched game. Play remained equal for the remainder of the match and resulted in both teams going away with a point.

Player of the Match: Shannon Davey

Team: L Bleasdale, R Richardson, M Ayrton, E Belshire, R Addison, H Chetwynd-Diggle, A Warburton, O Grayson, A Humphries, S Winder, S Davey, E Wood, E Walton and E Dodd

Saturday 10th November 2012

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Lancaster 2s 7-2 Springfields Ladies 3s

Lancaster travelled away to UCLan to face Springfields.  After another shaky start, going one nil down in the early minutes of the game, Lancaster picked themselves up and went on to execute some dazzling ball play.  The forwards of Julie Walker, Sarah Winder and Claire Davies worked excellently together, creating some ample opportunities.  Isabel Marshall, Ailsa Bunch, Jenny Evans, Cathy Park and Sharon Wilson all played their part in midfield, working the ball consistently up to space for the forwards to move onto.  After the initial goal the defence remained strong and Sian Moreland, Heather Andrew, Lottie Horner, Catherine Elley and Eleanor Belshire only let one more past them, leaving the final score at 7-2.

Players of the Match: Ailsa Bunch and Julie Walker

Team: S Moreland, H Andrew, L Horner, C Elley, E Belshire, I Marshall, A Bunch, J Evans, C Park, S Wilson, J Walker, C Davies and S Winder

 

Lancaster 4s 0-1 Longridge Ladies 3s
 
Lancaster travelled to Longridge hoping to add to their successes so far this season. With captain Gayle Gledhill having to make 5 forced changes through to injuries and unavailability, it was a much changed side which took on the mid table team. Lancaster took the game to the home team, creating a number of chances but were unable to convert.

The score was level at half time and after the break Lancaster continued to push for the elusive goal. Rising star Rebecca Airey continued to grow in confidence throughout the game. Lancaster conceded a sloppy breakway goal towards the end of the second half and, despite pushing at the Longridge defence to the final whistle, they came away from the game empty handed. Lancaster's spirits remain strong as they look to put the defeat behind them and move on to next weeks home fixture.
 
Player of the Match: Rebecca Airey

Team: G Gledhill, H Mills, S Davey, R Airey, E Wood, M Woods, F Ledward, I Lavelle, R Addison, G Noakes, J Benn and J Burrows
 

Saturday 3rd November 2012

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Lancaster 1s 1–1 Morpeth Ladies

Lancaster needed to put last week’s result behind them and take advantage on being on home turf.

Lancaster started the game well with some good movement around the middle and the left hand side of the pitch from Nicola Benson and Grace Robertson. Lancaster put enormous pressure on the Morpeth defence when Leeanne Grayston-Aldren and Whitney Savage were able to set the press early making the opposition make mistakes and play into the hands of Lancaster. Lucy Hilton and Beth Hay worked well to draw in the Morpeth defence getting a few shots on goal and winning penalty corners. Lancaster once again were unlucky not to convert.

Despite Lancaster having a flurry of chances, Morpeth also showed strong attacking play. Cath Foy, Nina Swarbrick and Fran O’Neill dealt with the pressure well keeping the attack at bay for the majority. Morpeth had a few chances on goal but Leighan Bleasdale was there each time to make the saves.
The Lancaster goal came from a counter attack and a deep ball into the D. The Morpeth goalkeeper positioned herself as if the ball was going wide, but it bounced back into play off the post where Nicola Benson threw herself into the rebound to score. Making it 1-0 at half time.

Lancaster were slow to start in the second half, but nonetheless pushed had to win a number of penalty corners. Morpeth too had a number of chances when the home side were reduced to 10 players. Lancaster rearranged though to provide cover and stayed strong, making the saves when needed. There was one lapse in concentration from Lancaster that saw a long ball from the Morpeth defence that reached their centre forward; Cath Foy was unfortunate not to make the tackle after covering some serious distance of the pitch to get back. However the chance was taken and pounded into the left hand corner of the goal, 1-1 and all to play for. A similar scenario happened shortly after but Leighan Bleasdale was quick off the mark to smother the shot as force it wide. 1-1 final score.

Whilst it wasn’t the result Lancaster was hoping for, there were many positives to take from the game that can be carried forward into the fixture against Leeds University on Saturday. Please come show your support at 3pm, Lancaster University.

Team: L Bleasdale, C Foy, F O'Neill, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, M Parkin, G Robertson, E Reid, W Savage, N Benson, L Grayston-Aldren, B Hay, C Park and L Hilton

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

Player of the Match: Leighan Bleasdale

Saturday 27th October 2012

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Lancaster 1s 2-3 Didsbury Northern Ladies 1s

Lancaster had a bright and early start where they travelled to Didsbury to try and continue their unbeaten run.

At the beginning of the game Lancaster found themselves under pressure but were able to overcome it with excellent long balls from the back from Fran O'Neill to Whitney Savage who made some fantastic runs out wide.

After a shaky start all round Lancaster conceded a short corner where Didsbury converted high into the left corner. Lancaster were not disheartened and fought back in the middle with Nicola Benson and Grace Robertson running rings around the defence.

Lancaster conceded another short corner that was initially saved but a controversial flick was awarded to Didsbury. The flick was saved by a superb dive to the right from Leighan Bleasdale who edged it wide with her stick. The save gave Lancaster a boost they needed and Cath Foy, Esme Kilshaw, Nina Swarbrick and Mel Parkin worked the ball upfield. Lancaster had a number of chances but weren't able to convert. 1-0 at half time.

Early on in the 2nd half Didsbury converted another short corner making it 2-0. Lancaster piled on the pressure and the fighting paid off with a reverse stick strike from Lucy Hilton. Lancaster had several short corners and other chances but were unfortunate not to score. With Lancaster pressing high Didsbury scored their 3rd on the counter. Lancaster dug deep until the end where Leeanne Grayston-Aldren used her experience up front to break the Didsbury defence passing to Mel Parkin who placed it into the left hand corner. Sadly it wasn't to be for Lancaster, 3-2 final score.

Team: L Bleasdale, C Foy, F O'Neill, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, M Parkin, G Robertson, E Reid, W Savage, N Benson, L Grayston-Aldren, B Hay, C Park and L Hilton

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

Player of the Match: Nicola Benson

 

Lancaster 5s 0-5 Heaton With Oxcliffe 1s

On Saturday, Lancaster hosted Heaton With Oxcliffe who had an unbeaten record, but Lancaster were determined not to be intimidated.

Heaton had the first pushback and started strongly, making Lancaster defend from the start. Lancaster stepped up their game to meet the onslaught and succeeded, preventing Heaton from converting a series of penalty corners with Jemma Benn running out to block the shots. Keeper Jenny Burrow was making fantastic saves throughout the game to keep Heaton from getting the ball across the goal line. A blow to the knee saw Georgia Noakes have to come off injured and soon after, Heaton took the lead going into half time at 1-0.

In the second half Lancaster began to push their attacking play but were unable to break through to score and the tiredness began to tell. Although Lancaster successfully defended many goals and penalty corners which saw Heaton unable to score from any of their penalty corners, they worked the ball strongly in open play and scored 4 more goals to bring the final score to 5-0.

Team: J Burrow, R Addison, P Rielly, G Noakes, G Gledhill, A Briggs, S Foster, J Benn, C Shatford, S Taylor, R Airey, E Greenhalgh, E Dodd Player of the Match: Jenny Burrow and Anya Briggs

Sunday 21st October 2012

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Lancaster U15 Girls

Lancaster U15 team travelled to Preston to play their first fixture in sunshine instead of rain for a change 

Lancaster U15 4-4 Pendle U15  

The inexperienced team took a while to settle into the game but Faye Ledward Rebecca Airey, Nicola Sharples ,Lilly Johnston, Beth Andrews , Anya Briggs ,Kirsty Fairhurst, Eve Dodd and Chloe Shatford soon began to play well. Some excellent passing and great communication almost earned the team the win but the game ended in a  well deserved high scoring draw.

Lancaster U15 0-0Springfields U15 

The second game which saw Lancaster U15 take on Springfield's U15 saw much better play from all the team. All the players worked hard in attacking Springs goal with some great passing work. When the team lost posession the girls showed great determination in their defensive duties to regain control. Although the team were awarded a number of penalty corners a winning goal eluded them.

 

Lancaster Development 3-0 Penrith

On a bright and Sunday afternoon the Lancaster development team took on Penrith at home where there was a good turn out of supporters to cheer both teams on.

The match started well for Lancaster with excellent passing play at the back between Anya Briggs, Molly Ayrton, Nina Swarbrick and Ruth Addison. The defence worked well releasing the ball early to the midfield using Ellie Walton as a pivotal player. There were some speedy runs down both sides of the pitch from Olivia Grayson and Ali Warburton putting Penrith under pressure. Shortly after the bouts of attack Lancaster broke the deadlock. It came from a cross injected into the D by Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite where Penrith fell foul to the new own goal rule. Making it 1-0 at half time.

Lancaster started the second half strongly hassling the Penrith defence to earn a much deserved short corner. The Penrith keeper saved the initial shot but Emma Wood was there to take the rebound and calmly slotted it into the right hand corner. Penrith had their own moments of attach putting the Lancaster defence under pressure but Leighan Bleasdale communicated well with her defence and Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle remained composed to clear the ball out wide to ensure they did not score.
Ellie Walton controlled the middle well passing to Pippa Rielly who was able to offload it to Eve Dodd and Megan Rawes up the pitch. The hard work paid off with the 3rd and final goal coming from Shannon Davey who beat the keeper with a sweet strike into the back of the goal.

Team: L Bleasdale, N Swarbrick, A Briggs, R Addison, P Rielly, M Ayrton, A Warburton, O Grayson, M Rawes, S Davey, E Wood, E Dodd, H Chetwyn-Diggle, E Walton and E Bamber-Dowthwaite 

Player of the Match: Ellie Walton

Sponsor: AEC

Saturday 20th October 2012

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Lancaster 1s 3-2 Newcastle University 1s

Lancaster started off well with some good play down both the right and left wings from Esme Kilshaw and Grace Robertson, Nina Swarbrick and Nicola Benson choosing short accurate passes and double teaming on the the opposition. Some stern defending from the back cut out some long balls that Newcastle tried to hammer through. Mel Parkin had a great game being there for the full-backs Katie Benter and Cath Foy on hit-outs. The movement from the strikers, Leeanne Grayston-Aldren, Beth Hay, Whitney Savage and Lucy Hilton made it far easier for the ball to be distributed up the pitch and soon Savage found Grayston-Aldren on the penalty spot to slot the first goal of the game in the net. A lapse in concentration then gave Newcastle a chance to counter attack and an equaliser was scored. Lancaster soon got their heads back in the game and Grayston-Aldren again managed to put Lancaster back in the lead going into half time.

The second half was soon upon Lancaster and they knew that Newcastle would come back fighting. Nevertheless, the home side showed their grit and determination for the 3 points that were on offer. Although, Newcastle began to build up the pressure and Lancaster didn't seem to cope with it as well as they have in previous matches of the season and soon, with a scramble to get the ball away from the goal and countless good saves by Leighan Bleasdale, Lancaster had conceded their second of the day. With a last push with the help of great performances from Hilton and Emma Reid, Savage again found Hay in the D for her to secure the 3 points Lancaster deserved. A battle that was well earned and puts undefeated Lancaster joint top of the table on points with next weeks opposition, Didsbury.

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, M Parkin, Grace Robertson, N Benson, E Reid, L Hilton, L Grayston-Aldren, W Savage and B Hay

Coach: Ian Hunter

Player of the Match: Cath Foy

Team Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 2-2 Blackpool Ladies 1s

Lancaster 2nds started off sluggishly but soon picked up the pace with some slick passing between the midfield of Sharon Wilson, Jen Evans and Izzy Marshall. Injury struck and Eleanor Dodd came into midfield to replace Izzy Marshall making some determined runs.

The first goal came from Alisa Bunch with a strike that split the Blackpool defence. Although forwards Julie Walker and Louisa Bale made the Blackpool defence work hard Blackpool managed to equalise. Lancaster's defence had to work hard in the 2nds half with tireless work from Suzanne Wareing, Jen McCabe, Lottie Horner and Carla Bleasdale. Goalkeeper Sian Moreland kept Lancaster in the game with some fantastic diving saves. Lancaster picked up the pace again and edged the lead through a goal from Julie Walker. It looked at that point as if Lancaster could take the points but then Lancaster were not on their usual top form and allowed Blackpool to come back into the game to equalise near the end.

Thanks to the Bowling Green Pub, one of the clubs supporters.

Team: Sian Moreland , Sharon Wilson , Suzanne Wareing, Izzy Marshall (c) ,Ailsa Bunch, Jen McCabe , Jen Evans , Carla Bleasdale , Julie Walker, Lottie Horner , Eleanor Dodd and Louisa Bale 

 

Lancaster 3s 0-2 Southport 2s

Lancaster travelled to their seaside opposition Southport for an early evening push back of 4:30. This late start appeared to disagree with the Lancaster team, as from the first whistle they allowed Southport to dominate the game, although Lancaster continued to soak up the pressure. A stern half time team talk by the captain, ensured that Lancaster came out more determined, although hugely hampered by the evening sunset. A slightly dubious penalty flick decision gave Southport a 1-0 lead. Lancaster came back more determined and pressured the Southport defence, testing their keeper on several occasions.

The strong Southport team, capitalised further through a well-executed short corner routine.

Although Lancaster started on the back foot the grit, determination and commitment from the team could not be faltered it was a guts team performance with a score line that unfortunately does not match the performance.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Rawes, G Briggs, C Scullion, E Belshire, C Park, J Hudson, C Davies, A Tidwell, L Case, H Winstanley, K Carlyle and E Walton

Player of the Match: Claire Davies

 

Lancaster 4s 4-2 Blackpool Ladies 3s

Lancaster 4ths continued the new seasons winning streak when they met Blackpool at home. Lancaster pressured from the whistle and the ball was manoeuvred between the defence of Shannon Davey, Eve Park, Helen Gates and Mel Woods who moved and drove the ball forwards. A particularly strong drive saw right back, Eve Park, take the ball from the halfway line to the D and score the opening goal. Following this the ball was played evenly across the pitch but neither team scored in the remainder of the first half. The half time team talk saw substitutions and positional changes to adapt to Blackpool's pressure, and Lancaster pressed again, moving the ball smoothly through the midfield of Kirsty Fairhurst, Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite, Annie Park, Rebecca Airey, Antonia Altham and Isabel Lavelle, with a strong cross being met by Julie Ashworth, taking the score to 2-0. However Blackpool came back fighting and benefited from multiple short corners and brought the score to 2-2 following a strike and a conversion to a flick which snuck past keeper Hayley Mills after clearing multiple Blackpool attacks. Yet Lancaster countered and following many more strong drives and crosses from Faye Ledward, Isabel Lavelle and Kirsty Fairhurst, Julie Ashworth was able to snatch Lancaster's 3 points with 2 more goals, completing her hattrick.

Team: H Mills, S Davey, H Gates, E Park, M Woods, K Fairhurst, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, A Park, R Airey, A Altham, I Lavelle, F Ledward and J Ashworth

Player of the Match: Julie Ashworth

 

Lancaster 5s 1-7 Brookfields

Lancaster 5ths travelled to Chorley this weekend to play Brookfields who have just come down from the league above. Lancaster knew it would be a tough game and Brookfields played hard right from the start. Showing skills not often encountered by Lancaster, Brookfields quickly gained the advantage with short corners proving to be Lancaster's downfall meaning that they were 4-0 down after 20 minutes. Determined not to give up Lancaster fought back to gain a goal of their own from Jessica Burrow.

Lancaster conceded two more before half time leaving Lancaster trailing 6-1. Despite this Lancaster never gave up and despite another goal early in the second half, the midfielders and forwards worked hard to keep attacking. The defence kept fighting until the end, particularly Alison Kellet who earned player of the match, with the final score 7-1.

Team: J Burrows, G Noakes, J Benn, C Shatford, S Foster, R Addison, P Rielly, H Ashworth, E Greenhalgh, J Burrow, H Topham, A Kellet, M Airton and J Athawal

Sunday 14th October 2012

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Lancaster Development 3-1 South Lakes Ladies 2s 

Lancaster travelled away to play South Lakes welcoming two new juniors to the development team in Maddie Green and Molly Ayrton.

Keen to continue Lancaster Hockey Club's weekend without losses, Lancaster started strong, swiftly moving the ball through the midfield of Ruth Addison, Lottie Horner, Pippa Rielly and Eve Dodd. Frequently the midfield moved the ball forward through to forwards Emma Wood and then Louisa Bale, who made multiple runs into the oppostion's D, challenging the defence and scoring the first goal of the game. South Lakes held for the remainder of the half as Lancaster continued to try and press forward and had multiple unconverted short corners. Lakes were occasionally breaking through the Lancaster midfield, challenging the defence of Maddie Green, Shannon Davey, Molly Ayrton and Eleanor Belshire. The defence marked and intercepted the plays well, but were well covered by keeper Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle, who was on fine form with strong clearances, despite being unwell.

The second half saw Lakes continue to press but with Lancaster pushing back the play was almost constant in the middle of the pitch. An unmarked player in Lancaster's D managed to slot away an equaliser midway through the half. Yet Lancaster came back fighting, switching the ball well throughout the pitch with the help of Cairine Scullion who came on towards the end of the game, providing a fresh set of legs. Finishing with some strong crosses, two of these were neatly slotted in by Emma Wood to finish the game 3-1.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, S Davey, M Green, C Scullion, M Ayrton, E Belshire, P Rielly, L Horner, R Addison, E Dodd, L Bale and E Wood

Player of the Match: Molly Ayrton

 

Lancaster U12

The U12's from Lancaster Hockey Club were again in action on Sunday, playing in much better weather conditions than previous weeks. The kids were outstanding, unfortunately losing all 3 games - but only just. Its amazing to watch these youngsters, their guts, determination and enthusiasm are incredible in all their games.

Player of the day was Daniel who, though was the smallest on the pitch, made up for it by being the busiest. Keeper Lewis yet again was outstanding in goal, making incredible saves. Katy and Jess stood their ground against opponents stronger and taller and made some fantastic tackles. Jonny and Thomas worked hard with many drives into the D and being unlucky not to penetrate the opponents net.

Saturday 13th October 2012

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Lancaster 1s 3-0 Leeds Adel Carnegie Ladies 1s 

Lancaster 1st team travelled to Leeds in a bid to continue their unbeaten run.

Lancaster started off brightly with some excellent passing play in midfield by Mel Parkin, Nicola Benson and Grace Robertson. Lancaster continued to pile on the pressure with some great attacking play from Beth Hay, Leeanne Grayston-Aldren and Whitney Savage, only to be denied by some great saves from the Leeds keeper. Some great passing play around the back by Fran O'Neill, Nina Swarbrick, Cath Foy and Esme Kilshaw opened up the game and Leeds struggled to cope with the pressure from the forwards, leading to numerous short corners being awarded. Lancaster capitalised from this after a strike across the goal from Fran, the ball was well played by Grace, making it 1-0 going into half time.

Leeds came out strong in the second half with some good passing play, but Lancaster quickly won back possession and they soon increased the lead after a strike from Mel deflected off a Leeds player.
Leeds started to get frustrated, with a number of their players receiving cards; however Lancaster kept their composure with a 3rd goal soon being converted by top goal scorer Grace, from a Mel strike, after some great pressure and an abundance of short corners.

Team: L Bleasdale, F O'Neill, C Foy, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, M Parkin, G Robertson, N Benson, L Grayston-Aldren, B Hay, W Savage and A Williams

Coach: Ian Hunter

Player of the Match: Mel Parkin

Sponsors: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 8-3 Clitheroe Ladies 2s 

Lancaster Ladies 2nd team were away to Clitheroe on Saturday, at Blackburn Northern Sports Centre. Playing with a slightly different team, and a few people in unfamiliar positions, Lancaster were caught out within the early minutes and unfortunately went one goal down. However, this didn't last for long; thanks to some excellent work in midfield from Jen Evans, Sharon Wilson, Lucy Hilton and Ailsa Bunch Lancaster's fortune soon changed. The forwards of Louisa Bale, Julie Walker and Sarah Winder worked tirelessly to convert the balls from midfield into points or penalties, resulting in hatricks for both Julie Walker & Lucy Hilton.

Clitheroe worked hard throughout the game and certainly kept the defence on their toes with a few speedy girls up front. Jen McCabe, Carla Bleasdale and Isabel marshall remained strong and stuck to the Clitheroe attackers as they broke down the centre. Praise must also go to Sian Moreland for some fantastic work in goal, calmly saving a number of great shorts from the opposition. Along with the 2 hatricks, came a goal from Jenny Evans and an own goal courtesy of one of the oppositions nose (we hope she's recovering!) taking the end result to a resounding win for Lancaster of 8 - 3. Great work again and hopefully the 2s can continue this winning streak!

Team: J Evans, S Wilson, L Hilton, A Bunch, L Bale, J Walker, S Winder, J McCabe, C Bleasdale, I Marshall and S Moreland

 

Lancaster 3s 6-0 Springfields Ladies 4s 

The third week into the season and another varied team; this game welcomed back Claire Davies who was missing in action for a season, and debutants Helen Wistanley and Chloe Shatford.

Springs got off to a flying start, putting the Lancaster defence under a bit of pressure, by overloading their right hand side, but this was easily soaked up by the skill of Cairine Scullion and Catherine Elley. After 10 minutes, Lancaster settled and found their own pace of the game. Lancaster continued to go from strength to strength, by dominating the midfield with Jaz Hudson and Claire Davies.

Springs were unable to contain the wizardry skills from Cathy Park, who barricaded the right hand side of the pitch, using the ever present support from Eleanor Belshire. Eventually the hard work paid off as Alice Tidsweel slotted in Lancasters 1st foal. The goals kept coming and by half time Julie Ashworth had scored a hatrick by some excellent linking play between herself, Cathy Park, Alice Tidswell and Helen Winstanley. Cathy Park then made another excellent run down the right and crossed the ball right into the back of the net making the half time score 5-0.

After a quick turnaround, Lancaster continued to control the game, switching and utilising space off the ball. There was some outstanding passing and moving through the game, one of which resulted in Jaz Hudson scoring the 6th and final goal.

Team: H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Rawes, C Elley, C Shatford, C Scullion, E Belshire, C Park, J Hudson, C Davies, A Tidswell, J Ashworth and H Wistanley

Player of the Match: Cathy Park

 

Lancaster 4s 7-0 Clitheroe Ladies 4s 

Lancaster were looking to contine their unbeaten run as they faced Clitheroe away from home. Lancaster got off to a strong start, with immediate pressure coming from Annie Park and Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite. It didn't take long for Lancaster's link up play from Ellie Walton and Kirsty Fairhurst to provide Winder the opportunity for two goals, following a disallowed goal from Emily Bamber-Dowthwaite and Annie Park's opening goal.

Lancaster started the second half well, with shots from Shannon Davey and Faye Ledward at every available opportunity. Hayley Mills was ready and alert in goal but Clitheroe didn't have the chance to attack as Rebecca Airey, Mel Woods and Eve Park kept strong at the back, sending the ball up the pitch for a Lancaster attack multiple times, resulting in the 4th, 5th and 6th goals from Sarah Winder, Emma Wood and Faye Ledward. The final goal was Emma Wood's second, after a positive one on one situation with the Clitheroe keeper.

Team: H Mills, S Davey, M Woods, R Airey, E Park, E Walton, F Ledward, A Park, S Winder, E Bamber-Dowthwaite, K Fairhurst and E Wood

Player of the Match: Ellie Walton

 

Lancaster 5s 1-1 Blackpool Ladies 3s 

The match started evenly with good attacking from both teams giving the game a fast pace. Both teams had opportunities to score but despite this the score was 0-0 for most of the first half, due to a strong defence of Sam Taylor, Chloe Shatford, Alison Kellet and Georgia Noakes. Nearing the end of the first half Blackpool scored, leaving Lancaster trailing by one at half time.

Lancaster came back fighting in the second half and due to some expansive play in midfield, Ruth Addison made a break to the opposition's D, crossed the ball to Jessica Burrows who drew the keeper out and left an open goal for Ellie Greenhalgh to complete to manouvere and level the score. Despite both teams best efforts, the score remained the same at 1-1 by the final whistle, giving Lancaster 5ths their first point of the season.

Team: R Addison, P Rielly, J Burrows, H Ashworth, E Greenhalgh, S Foster, J Mistry, A Kellet, C Shatford, G Noakes and S Taylor

Saturday 6th October 2012

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Lancaster 1s 3-0 Harrogate Ladies 1s 

Lancaster 1sts had a great performance against newly relegated Harrogate on Saturday. Lancaster looked strong from the start, with some good slick passing. Nicola Benson scored the first goal with a clean strike from the top of the D. After a lot of good attacking play, Lancaster were awarded several penalty corners. Mel Parkin managed to sweep the ball across the goal for Grace Robertson who swept it into the back of the net to make it 2-0. After half time Lancaster continued the excellent play. Strong defensive work from Katie Benter, Cath Foy and Esme Kilshaw saw that Harrogate couldn't even get close to scoring. Lancaster distrubuted the ball well from the back setting up Leeanne Grayston-Aldren for the final goal of the match. It came from a fantastic lifted shot to make it an awesome 3-0 win for Lancaster!

Team: L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, N Swarbrick, E Kilshaw, N Benson, G Robertson, M Parkin, L Grayston-Aldren, B Hay, F O'Neill, W Savage and E Reid

Player of the Match: Mel Parkin

Coach: Ian Hunter

Sponsor: The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster Lancaster 4s 4-1 Lancaster 5s 

In what was billed to be a friendly, fun yet competitive match Lancaster 4ths met Lancaster 5ths on Saturday. It was a fine day for hockey and the fifths provided an upset in the first half of the game with a deflection being scored by Jessica from a short corner. The fourths fought back to make it 1-1 at half time with a short corner from Helen. The fourths lost Faye shortly before half time when a lifted ball in the attacking D collided with her head. The fourths came out after half time determined to prove themselves. The fifths defended well with some good tackling from Georgia, Chloe, Sam and Pippa. Unfortunately for them several penalty corners were conceded and a ball stopped on the line gave the fourths a penalty flick which Gayle snuck past Jenny. The fourths attacked well with some lovely passing in midfield between Annie, Eve, Rebecca and Antonia. This set them up for another penalty corner which Annie put away making the score 3-1. The fourths were then on a roll and a lovely goal from Helen in open play gave the final score of 4-1.

4th Team: Hayley Mills, Gayle Gledhill, Annie Park, Eve Park, Kirsty Fairhurst, Ellie Walton, Emma Wood, Rebecca Airey, Faye Ledward, Helen Winstanlay, Antonia Altham and Mel Woods

5th Team: Jenny Burrow, Ruth Addison, Philippa Rielly, Georgia Knoakes, Sara Foster, Sam Taylor, Chloe Shatford, Jemma Mistry, Hannah Ashworth, Hannah Topham, Jessica Burrows and Emily Bamber Dowthwaite

Sunday 30th September 2012

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Lancaster Development 1-0 Kendal 

Lancaster Development team travelled to Queen Katherine's School to face Kendal, with the purpose of the team to bring on junior players ready to move to senior hockey.

Both teams began the game in a slow fashion, but then the Lancaster team executed some good attacking moves through forward Emma Woods and Faye Ledward, supported in the midfield by Kirsty Fairhurst, Rebecca Airey, Nina Swarbrick and Anna Hallam. Lancaster had several shots on goal but were unable to get the ball in the back of the net due to strong defending by Kendal.

Kendal produced some effective counter attacks which were swiftly dealt with by the defence of Rebecca Richardson, Nicola Sharples, Pippa Reilly and Anya Briggs who stood solid at the back, this hard work by the defence meant that in the first half goalkeeper Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle had no work to do but remained alert and instructed her defence.

Midway through the first half a free hit taken inside Lancaster's defensive half by Richardson to Fairhurst who passed the ball forward into the D where Woods picked up the ball and slotted it past the keep for Lancaster to take the lead. Lancaster continued to attack, putting together some good team play down the right where Eve and Annie Park combined well to take the ball into the circle; unfortunately these attacking moves didn't results in further goals.

The beginning of the second half saw the rain come with force.  Due to the weather and the pitch flooding, the game was cut short and the final score saw Lancaster awarded their first win of the season at 1-0.


Team - H Chetwynd-Diggle, R Richardson, N Sharples, A Briggs, K Fairhurst, R Airey, A Hallam, F Ledward, E Park, A Park, N Swarbrick, P Reilly and E Wood

Player of the Match - Eve Park

Umpire - Gayle Gledhill

Team Sponsor - AEC

 

Lancaster U12 Boys

Making their first ever debut into hockey for Lancaster Hockey Club, the U12’s represented the club with gusto and determination not seen in training. The appalling weather conditions tested the young players whose ages were between 7 – 11.

Playing against other established teams, the youngsters tested the other teams and themselves. Player of the Day went to Lewis whose first ever attempt in goals brought some outstanding saves and some ferocious kicking .

Defence players Katy and Jessica broke down many attacks. Youngsters Archie, Josh and Daniel battled amazingly against opponents nearly twice their size. Defending and pushing the play into attack, Chloe, Ryan, Jonny and Thomas pushed themselves beyond the limits and brought some lovely skills in to the play. The next round of the league takes place on October 14th where the youngsters will face different opponents and are hoping for a drier day!

Saturday 29th September 2012

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Lancaster 1s 0-0 Brooklands Poynton 2s 

Lancaster made the journey to Cheshire to open the season against Brooklands. 

Despite missing key players due to illness and injury, Lancaster’s team of eleven were determined to get the season off to a good start. With three new but experienced players in the midfield and welcoming back Leighan Bleasdale in goal, after a long period of study in Loughborough, the new look side soon began to gel well.
Excellent possession off the ball from the back four of Benter, Foy, Swarbrick and Kilshaw ensured that the forwards and midfield players could push high with confidence. A series of attacks by Savage and Grayton-Aldren resulted in many shots to test the Brooklands keeper. Benson, Reid, Robertson and Parkin supported the forwards well.

A series of short corner strikes in the first half led to Lancaster being awarded a penalty flick after Benter’s shot on target was stopped by the defenders foot on the goal-line. Unfortunately Robertson was unable to convert on this occasion.

The second half continued in much the same vein, with Bleasdale only called upon on rare occasions to make a save. Foy tackled with precision and linked well down the right flank with Kilshaw to feed the ball to Robertson who’s speed and skill outwitted the Brooklands defence. Another close effort from a Benter corner strike was this time saved by the post, and despite shots on goal by Savage, Benson and Grayston-Aldren the breakthrough was just not to be.

Team - L Bleasdale, K Benter, C Foy, N Swarbrick, W Savage, L Grayston-Aldren, E Reid, N Benson, G Robertson, M Parkin, E Kilshaw

Coach - I Hunter

Player of the Match - Cath Foy

Sponsor - The Chop House and Coffee Shop

 

Lancaster 2s 4-1 Lancaster University 1s 

After dusting off the summer cobwebs in the previous weeks friendly, Lancaster ladies second team were fully warmed up for the start of their season.

On Saturday 29th September we played Lancaster University 1's down and what a great way to start the season it was! After getting caught napping in the early minutes, Lancaster's defence of Suzanne Wareing, Lottie Horner, Jen mcCabe and Carla Bleasdale soon woke up and they remained a strong force to be reckoned with for the rest of the game.

The midfield of Ailsa Bunch, Sharon Wilson, Eleanor Dodd and Isabel Marshall worked well together to move the ball up the pitch despite some tight marking out wide from the Uni girls. The forwards were on fire with each one of them finishing with a goal in the bag! Louisa Bale proved that goal hanging works every time and scored our solid first goal with Julie walker and Sarah Winder scoring well-deserved goals later in the game.

In the final minutes the defence fought hard and successfully defended multiple short corners to ensure we finished victorious with a 4-1 win. Great work girls and congratulations to joint women of the match Eleanor Dodd & Lottie Horner.

Team - S Moreland, S Wareing, L Horner, J McCabe, C Bleasdale, A Bunch, S Wilson, E Dodd, I Marshall, L Bale, J Walker, S Winder

 

Lancaster 3s 2-0 Pendle Forest 

A team that had yet to play together in their entirety started the game with ferocity and determination. They soon settled into some good passing and the midlfield of Eleanor Belshire, Jo Higgs, Lauren Case, Antonia Altham and Ellyse Maddocks linked up well creating some space for the forwards Jaz Hudson and Cathy Park.
 
There were a few good attempts on goal early on, but it wasn’t until the award of a penalty corner that Lauren Case managed to follow onto the rebound and score the team’s first goal. This goal gave the team a surge to carry on attacking and it was again Case who managed to hit the back board for goal number 2.
 
After half time, and a couple of substitutions, the team settled into some quick, sharp passing. The defence were strong with Charlotte Rawes, Cairine Scullion and Gill Briggs rarely letting the opposition into our 23. Hannah Chetwynd-Diggle had little to do in the match, but made one good save, running out, when Pendle broke away.
 
Catherine Elley linked up well with Maddocks and made some good 1-2 passes. There was more attacking play in the second half with Cathy Park making some strong runs up the right hand side. Sarah Winder also gave the oppositions defence a few headaches in front of goal. A great 2-0 win!

Team - H Chetwynd-Diggle, C Rawes, C Scullion, G Briggs, J McCabe, E Belshire, J Higgs, L Case, A Altham, E Maddocks, C Elley, J Hudson, C Park, S Winder
 
 
Lancaster 5s 0-1 Lancaster and Morecambe 3s

Lancaster 5ths started the season with high hopes of a win. Morecambe were attacking from the start and good defensive work allowed Lancaster the opportunities to run with the ball making their own attacks. Eve and Annie Park, Kirsty Fairhurst and Hannah worked well using these opportunities. Unfortunately the ball didn't make it past Morecambe's goalkeeper and at half time the score was still 0-0.

The second half saw more attacks and excellent defending; Georgia Noakes and Pippa Riley worked tirelessly, making some excellent tackles, while Hayley Mills made some impressive saves in the goal. Morecambe had a period with many penalty corners in succession and managed to put the ball past keeper Mills. Lancaster fought hard to try and equalise but the game ended 1-0 to Morecambe.
 
 

Sunday 19th February 2006

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Lancaster 1s 1-2 Exeter 1s

Lancaster played host to Exeter in the National Trophy 3rd round. Exeter’s league form this season is second to none without losing a game all season.   Lancaster knew it was going to be a tough game but felt very optimistic. 

A confident Lancaster team were first to react from the opening whistle and within 10 minutes were rewarded their first attacking short corner. Lancaster were first to have a clear chance with Leeanne Grayston-Aldren splitting the Exeter defence with her skill and tenacity passing a magnificent ball through to Julie Walker whose shot went just wide!  Leeanne continued her skilful runs forward and weaved her way through the stunned Exeter defence and took the ball into the attacking circle and struck the ball sweetly, which the Exeter keeper saved.

Throughout the remainder of the first half Lancaster pressured the Exeter defence and midfield, and were rewarded numerous short corners, which Exeter defence dealt with confidently. Exeter were using counter attacks, trying to catch the strong Lancaster defence off guard, Katie Glover and Amy Leck made some tremendous tackles ensuring that Exeter were kept at bay.

By half time Lancaster knew they were in with a strong chance of progressing to the quarter finals, by remaining focused and consistent. Within 10 minutes of the second half Hannah Lavelle on her 18th birthday weekend, stripped through the Exeter and created another short corner opportunity, this time Hannah placed the ball in the back of the net, 1-0. With home and crowd as an advantage. Lancaster then seemed to appeared to lose some confidence in themselves allowing Exeter to get back into the game.   Defensively Lancaster was strong but Exeter eventually equalised with a great goal, with just 10 minutes remaining Exeter scored again, making the final score 1-2.

Although the end result did not go in Lancaster’s favour, they had plenty of opportunities which they were unlucky not to convert.  It was an excellent team performance and commitment with some outstanding individual performances.

Exeter will now go on to play in the quarter finals.

Team: V Harrison (GK), C Gardner (C), K Glover, A Leck, H Lavelle, S Beattie,  L Cocker, L Grayston-Aldren, L Taylor, L Hilton, L Sharples, S Fish, O Partington and J Walker

Player of the Match: Katie Glover

Sponsor: Fisher’s SEAT Garage