GARSTANG Ladies’ First and Second teams were drawn against one another in the cup.
From the push back the firsts attacked in waves forcing the seconds on to the back foot for most of the game.
The seconds fought back hard and defended with great skill and spirit, led from the back by their new young captain Megan Ditchfield in goal.
Megan proceeded to give a demonstration of how to keep goal with shot after shot being parried away and ball winning charges breaking up the first team forwards’ attacks. Not for nothing was Megan last year’s Lancashire U17 ‘keeper.
Eventually the pressure inevitably told and the firsts scored after 11 minutes from a penalty corner with Grace Holder deflecting a shot in on the post.
Despite the early loss in the half of the power and strength of Michelle Bury at the back, after she took a painful stick in the face, the seconds stood firm for the rest of the half and Di Roe and Liz Suddell had mounted several attacks on the first’s goal.
These two young forwards kept going all match and deserved something for their efforts but the firsts fefence and Sarah Skelton stood up to every attempt.
Mags Croft in the second’s defence showed off her uncanny skill of being at the right place at the right time
frustrating the first’s attacks by getting to every loose ball.
In the second half the first team pressure wore the second’s defence down and they scored an early goal, with Grace Holder ‘stealing’ a goal from Fran Summers by adding a last minute deflection.
The first’s new midfield partnership of Jude Chapman and Lyndsey Cookson held the ball in the second’s half for most of the time. After 11 minutes Charlotte Dalzell scored a classic ‘across the keeper’ shot which she then repeated after 21 minutes to make the final score 4-0.
The second half was also notable for the re-appearance of Josie Rice for the firsts only a few weeks after the birth of her second daughter.
The first team played some first class hockey and the seconds fought well and gallantly as they always do.