Garstang First Team (4) vs Leyland and Chorley First Team (1)
After six weeks of hockey abstinence, Garstang Ladies were relieved to breach their involuntary self-restraint and finally play a competitive match.
The reds hosted LCWHA Division 1’s Leyland and Chorley, who are sitting comfortably at the top and have been unbeaten since the beginning of 2013/14 season, in the quarter final of the Caley Cup.
Garstang knew they were in for a tough test from such a determined side despite the league standings and that’s exactly what they got. It wasn’t long after the whistle before Garstang were creating their own chances and were camped in L and C’s area. Much to Garstang’s frustration chances were not converted and L and C soon capitalised on a defensive mis-pass and opened up the scores into an open net. Garstang re-focused and a well worked goal starting from defender Debs Huyton, through To Di Roe, Catherine Godbold and ended with Miss Nonchalant – Fran Summers – who converted with ease. Garstang were off balance throughout the entire first half with mis-placed passes, a lack of movement off the ball and were coming up short of any real conviction on the ball. After a re-group and refocus from captain Lindsay Thornhill and coach Dave Gee Garstang started the second half with gusto.
After some determined play from Catherine Godbold, Garstang earned themselves a penalty corner and Lyndsey Hayes finished with aplomb on the post. With a minute amount of breathing space Garstang began to relax on the ball and got into their flow. Another set piece fell Garstang’s way and the unruffled Summers finished into the right side of the net.
L and C were nevertheless creating attacks of their own and the impeccable Sarah Skelton in goal made two fantastic saves. Despite L and C’s intermittent pressure it was Garstang who showed their prowess when their high press allowed Catherine Godbold to intercept a L and C 16-yard hit, reach the D and finish with no mistake with a strike from the top of the D.