There was a fantastic turnout on Sunday for Garstang Ladies’ Hockey Club’s annual open day.
The day kicked off with a junior tournament which was held on a new surface for the first time – tarmac!
The club is working in partnership with Garstang Community Academy to get a synthetic pitch installed and the day was attended by Garstang Academy’s ‘PitchIn’ project team and England Hockey’s clubs and facilities manager Louise Bull.
The club ran a very successful ‘bakeoff’ which saw lots of healthy competition. The day was nicely rounded off with some friendly, competitive hockey by the parents and non-regular hockey players!
Meanwhile, Garstang played last season’s key rivals Lancaster and Morecombe in a pre-season friendly at Preston.
The New Red Army started brightly with Rebecca Worthington making a great move in to the D that resulted in a penalty corner to Garstang.
A good shot struck the keepers pads and bounced disappointingly clear.
After seven minutes, Garstang were well in to their stride and stringing superb passing moves together and continued to do so for most of the game.
Jen Moss at left half was in great form pressing forward well and winning the ball time and again.
The quality passes led to a series of near misses with Worthington and Josie Rice present in the L&M D.
After 15 minutes, Worthington made a super pass to Fran Summers who beat the keeper to her right make it 1-0.
L&M fought back winning two penalty corners but Garstang – led by captain Donna Richardson – cleared their lines well. On 20 minutes, Worthington scored courtesy of a Summers’ pass to double the advantage.
Two minutes later, it was 3-0 when Di Roe beat several players on her way in to the D and Worthington scored from her pass across the D.
The L&M keeper made a superb juggling save in front of her goal but a minute later Worthington popped in her third goal for 4-0 and her hat-trick.
At the start of the second half. L&M put some pressure on Garstang but after only three minutes a good break by Roe led to a good goal by Rice to make the score 5-0.
A minute later, Lyndsey Hayes scored on the post after a great mov and Roe’ high speed run in to the supplied Summers good ball for her second goal and Garstang’s seventh.
L&M pulled a goal back but another great team effort led to a good goal for Moss. Summers grabbed her hat-trick goals and Rice then made it 10-1.
Summers then grabbed her fourth and fifth goals to make the final score 12-1 to Garstang.
L&M were undoubtedly under strength for this game but the superb passing of Garstang led to a goal blitz.