Strong defence and great passing on show

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Lancaster Nomads 1

Garstang Seconds 3

This was a crucial game for Garstang against the fourth placed team who had two games in hand on the leaders.

Garstang were in great passing form and Jemma Hampson also showed the strength of the defence with an early clearance.

Nicky Charter started the first of a game length series of high speed runs and announced her and Liz Sudell’s potent threat on the break backed up by Julie Nightingale. In the centre, senior players Eileen Smith and Helen Mather, ably backed by Ellie Harrison, were in tremendous form.

After 16 minutes, Garstang won the first penalty corner (PC) of the game and a neat move from Helen to Nicky to Liz ended with Liz scoring from near the penalty spot. Three minutes later Nomads scored on the break with a good shot across Megan.

Two minutes later Garstang broke into the Nomads ‘D’ and won their second PC. The Nomads keeper padded the first direct shot away but it was intercepted by Helen, who passed to Nicky and on to Jess Reid who scored her third goal in the last three games. After 30 minutes, Nicky Charter made a great break to go one on one with the keeper, only for her cross shot to bounce off the far post.

The second half started with a Garstang attack and Nomads storming back to win a PC. Jemma Hampson cleared the ball well and fed an immediate counter attack with Nicky Charter again going close. After four minutes Ellie Harrison drew three players and made a brilliantly deceptive pass to Nicola Rogerson (on in place of Vicky) who fed Nicky, who after a superb burst of speed, fed Helen in front of goal.

Ellie came off and was replaced by Caroline Hampson. After 18 minutes Megan Ditchfield made a characteristic dashing interception when a Nomads score seemed on the cards. After 19 minutes Nomads won another PC but the Garstang defensive quintet were drill perfect. Liz Sudell came off and young Luaran Whiteside came on playing well and getting in to the Nomads ‘D’ on several occasions. In the last 15 minutes Garstang held the ball well under pressure.