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Lancaster Hockey Club unbeaten in Timperley and Preston games

Leighan Bleasdale kept a clean sheet for Lancaster against Timperley

Here are the latest results from Lancaster Hockey Club whose first team beat Timperley while the second team drew with Preston.

4th November 2023 

Timperley 2s 0-2 Lancaster 1s  

Lancaster travelled to Timperley on Saturday to continue their run of form.  

It was the home team that started quickly putting the Lancaster defence under pressure but Ella Bookless and Angie Evans-Hill worked together on the right hand side to keep the ball away from danger. 

Lancaster broke the deadlock from a well worked penalty corner routine that saw Alice Boston score a cheeky reverse stick deflection into the goal. 

Three minutes before half-time, Lancaster found themselves down to eight players. Despite this the remaining players defended strong and kept the ball away from the defensive D. Nina Helme and Katie Oliver held the ball up and smashed the ball off the baseline until players could return to the pitch. 

Into the second half, Lancaster were still a player down. Despite this the team continues to pile the pressure on the Timperley defence. Lancaster won a penalty corner, just before the ball crossed the line the umpire blew for another penalty corner. Credit to the Timperley goalkeeper who made a number of fine saves. 

Lancaster continued to work hard in the midfield. It was Katie Oliver who gave Lancaster 2-0 lead with 15 minutes to go. 

With seven minutes to go Timperley earned a number of penalty corners that Ali Standeven-Johns chased down each time. On one penalty corner the ball was struck hard at goal and a deflection came off Standeven-Johns stick that looped towards goal. Leighan Bleasdale was alert and parried the ball over the crossbar. Timperley came again but a penalty corner routine hit the post before being cleared away by Jayde Christeansen. 

Timperley’s best chance came when they were driving the baseline and a foul was judged to have prevented a goal scoring opportunity and a penalty stroke was given. Bleasdale presented herself as big as possible and made a diving save to keep the clean sheet intact. 

Another three points for Lancaster who remain 3rd in the division. 

Team: Leighan Bleasdale (C) (GK), Ella Bookless, Alice Boston, Jayde Christeansen, Angie Evans-Hill, Nina Helme, Holly Hunter, Katie Oliver, Zoe Oswald, Ali Standeven-Johns, Libby Thwaites and Julie Walker 

Goal Scorer: Alice Boston and Katie Oliver 

 

Lancaster 2s 1-1 Preston 2s 

Lancaster 2s welcomed Preston 2s this weekend. The game started quickly with both teams pushing, Ellen Wills, Paula Miguel Fosco, Emma Wood and Beth Fletcher saw the Preston goalkeeper equal to their shots. The Lancaster defence of Katie Benter, Cath Foy, Molly Chapman, Helen Trotter and Camille Walker stood firm also and made a number of key tackles and interceptions to keep Preston out.  

At half time despite both teams having a number of chances the score remained level, 0-0. Lancaster started the stronger of the two teams, Camille Walker took a quick hit out to Cath Foy, who went on a solo run all the way to the top of the attacking D, before she laid the ball off to Carla Bleasdale, who after a quick glance up smashed the ball across the D. Lauren Allwood was alive to this and with a darting run in front of her defender she calmly flicked the ball past the Preston goalkeeper earning Lancaster the lead.  

Preston pushed back but the Lancaster goal keeper Rebecca Halliwell made a number of key saves to keep them out. With 1 minute to go Preston earned a short corner. As the final whistle went every single Preston player surrounded the D. Much to the dismay of Lancaster, after a number of saves and attempts to get the ball out the D, the ball hit the backboard earning Preston a draw. The game ended 1-1. 

Team: Lauren Allwood, Katie Benter, Carla Bleasdale, Molly Chapman, Beth Fletcher, Cath Foy, Paula Miguel Fosco, Rebecca Halliwell (C) (GK), Helen Trotter, Camille Walker, Ellen Wills and Emma Wood 

Goal Scorer: Lauren Allwood 

Player of the Match: Lauren Allwood  

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