Ladies’ away day hockey success

Garstang Ladies Di Roe
Garstang Ladies Di Roe

Garstang Ladies Hockey Club’s first team picked themselves up after their narrow defeat at Pendle with a 3-0 win at mid-table Preston.

The first chance of the game fell to Preston when Kim Bell made a reverse stick sweep and the ball narrowly missed the post.

The travelling Reds had their own chance not long later when they forced a short corner but Alice Marsden’s strike was off target.

Reb Worthington also came close, hitting the sideboard of the goal before she linked up with Di Roe and crossed for Fran Summers, who was denied by a slight touch from a Preston player.

Garstang took a 25th minute lead when a short corner ended with Jude Chapman shooting and Worthington forcing the ball home.

A few minutes later and some neat one-two passes between Gemma Trickett and Josie Rice ended with the latter striking at goal and Kiery Horne finishing neatly for her first goal for the club.

Preston came out strongly in the second half but were not really a threat when they got close to Garstang’s goal.

The Reds won two quick short corners but, eight minutes later, a further one saw Chapman sweep home to make it 3-0.

Preston forced two short corners with the first being cleared well and the second ending high above the goal as the Reds moved into third place in the table.

Elsewhere, the seconds and thirds took six points against Blackpool sides with 9-1 and 7-0 wins respectively, while the fourths lost 2-0 at Southport in only their fifth league game.