Garstang Ladies’ first game in the Northern Hockey League ended in a 2-0 win at Ulverston.
From the start of the game Garstang went into full on attack mode.
But despite the continuous pressure, Ulverston showed why they had conceded only 14 goals in 22 games last season with a first-class performance by their keeper and defence.
Inevitably the Garstang pressure created penalty corners and in the aftermath of one, Lindsay Norton intercepted a clearance and fed a superb pass to Fran Summers, who struck home an unreachable lofted shot to keeper’s left side after 19 minutes.
That was the way it stayed until the second period, when Ulverston carried the game to Garstang for a brief period.
Garstang hit back and forced the Ulverston keeper into three excellent saves.
Lily Helme just failed to reach three diving deflections that would have outflanked the keeper.
Seventeen minutes into the half, a passing combination between Josie Rice and Summers ended with a near-post deflection in to goal by Lyndsey Hayes to make it 2-0 to Garstang, and that was the way it stayed.