Garstang Ladies’ firsts were 4-2 winners at newly-promoted South Lakes on Saturday.
They heaped undue pressure on themselves from the off and looked nervy.
It was player of the match Kiery Horne who took the game by the scruff of the neck and started some strong, attacking runs from the wing.
Josie Rice weaved her way into the ‘D’ and earned a penalty corner which Lyndsey Hayes converted.
The second came soon after when Rice played a through ball to Rebecca Worthington, who forced the keeper wide and scored from the right.
Finally, the third goal came after pressure in the D, with a reverse stick finish from Rice.
The tables turned when a Garstang foot on the line earned a penalty flick which South Lakes converted.
Stern words from coach Dave Gee at half-time demanded more of the squad but any positive periods came in short bursts.
To make matters worse South Lakes picked up on a Garstang mistake and broke quickly and to make it 3-2.
Horne upped the tempo once more with persistent hard work on and off the ball.
Defender Lindsay Thornhill had some good passages of play by cutting out attacks and making forward inroads.
She did just that after picking up the ball on halfway and winning a penalty corner.
Hayes made no mistake and grabbed a well deserved brace, completing the scoring.
Garstang will need to up the tempo in next week’s top-of-the-table home clash against Pendle.