Hockey: Lancaster and Morecambe keep up fine form

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Lancaster and Morecambe Men’s 1st team continued their good run of form in the league with a resounding and well-deserved 4-0 victory over Liverpool Sefton at the weekend.

Six points had separated the two teams at the start of play with LMHC looking to open up a nine point gap between themselves in second and their hosts in third.

The game started brightly for LMHC who immediately took a strong hold in the game.

Crisp and decisive passing from Michael Sambell, Craig Allison, and Nick Davey combined with the harrying of the Lancaster and Morecambe front line caused problems early on for Sefton.

This sustained period of pressure brought about the first goal of the game.

A quickly taken free hit from Sambell into the ‘D’ was met by the on-rushing Alex Davidson who deflected the ball cutely past the Sefton stopper to make it 1-0 to LMHC.

Their lead was soon doubled when the Sefton defence wilted under the aerial bombardment posed by Tom Morgan and Joey Davidson, which in turn lead to a one-on-one for Davey who finished powerfully past the Sefton ‘keeper.

More chances came for the visitors as Rob Cook, Phil McMorris and Davey all had efforts saved by a busy home stopper.

LMHC continued to dominate the midfield area, cancelling out any advances made by their opponents.

Steven Foy and Matt Lee in particular were showing how strong they were defensively.

The first half came to its conclusion with LMHC leading 2-0 having dominated for the majority of it.

The message at half time was to continue with the high intensity and pressure created in the first half.

Coach Gordon Davidson insisted that 2-0 was still a slender lead despite their dominance and that the visitors did not rue their missed chances.

LMHC responded to this positively and from the restart had an opportunity to make it 3-0 when Davey latched on to a Joey Davidson aerial, narrowly missing with a shot which thudded the ‘keeper’s pads.

The impressive Davey soon had his second and his team’s third, when he deflected in a majestic Sambell pass into the corner of the goal.

A well deserved brace from the veteran forward. The visitors were not finished there and they soon made it 4-0 when half back Morgan intercepted high up the pitch.

He quickly found the unmarked Cook in the ‘D’, who finished with aplomb on his reverse stick.

It really was turning into a rout and LMHC had further chances through Allison, Cook and Joey Davidson.

Defensively LMHC had little to do all afternoon with Andy Crabtree, Simon Mounsey and Matt Wright cancelling out any threat posed by Sefton with consummate ease.

It was a dominant performance by LMHC and as the final whistle went there was a disappointment that the umpires had put an end to their fun.

Lancaster and Morecambe Hockey Club look to build on their good run and welcome mid table Alderley Edge 2nd team to the University of Cumbria next week.

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