Fylde coast hockey review: Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, Rossall
Lytham Ladies' third successive win was their best yet as they defeated second-placed Garstang 3-0.
Lytham started at pace as Gilly Shields, Georgina Read and Amie Knighton linked up well, and it wasn’t long before Jen Rawlinson’s fine pass was converted by Georgia Perkins for the opening goal.
The second half saw more impressive attacking from Lytham to put Garstang under pressure.
Becca Walker carried the ball skilfully down the wing and Hazel Cockerill kept her side in control.
Vicki Rees, Gabby Little and Sam Read broke down most Garstang attacks and Hannah Shore made some great saves when required.
Perkins applied the final touch for Lytham’s second following some slick passing around the D from a penalty corner.
Heidi Williams scored the third from another penalty corner which followed Walker’s sharp shot from the edge of the area.
Lytham 2 were drawn against a Lancaster 2 team from a division above them in the Caley Trophy and were beaten 4-1.
Lytham gave a good account of themselves but it was an uphill struggle, with Jasmine Wright making some great runs and Jasmine Tang creating chances.
Lancaster scored only once in the first half, and Nikki Richmond’s outstanding strike from a short corner briefly gave Lytham hope at 2-1, though her side can be pleased with a determined performance.
Lytham 3 lost by the same score to Clitheroe & Blackburn 3 in the Lishman Cup, also competing well against a team from a division up.
n Lytham St Annes Men were beaten 5-2 away to second-placed Crewe Vagrants despite a bright start.
They were two down before Neil Mallalieu went one on one with the keeper and pulled one back.
A sliding block by keeper Dixon resulted in a disputed penalty and Crewe made it 3-1 at half-time.
Gaz Sym, Toby McPhee, Cal Duffy and Will Robinson withstood more pressure and Dixon made some fine saves, but still Crewe added two more before McPhee’s shot was turned in by Andy Copeland.
Right-back Will Robinson was man of the match for a Lytham side who rallied well and gave a good performance. And They felt the result could have been different had decisions gone their way.
LSA 2 were beaten 4-2 by Didsbury Northern 5 and an LSA 3 side with only 10 men went down 10-0 to Formby 4.
Formby led 4-0 at half-time but LSA keeper Myles Child made a series of superb saves to keep the tally down despite the tidal wave of attacks.
Third-bottom LSA hope to pull clear of the relegation zone when they are up to strength in the New Year.