Lancaster and Morecambe Men’s 1s made a perfect start to the new hockey season with a win over the University of Liverpool.
It has been a long time since any LMHC Men’s squad have played at such a high level but the current 2014/15 squad started with a bang.
A young, athletic squad from the University of Liverpool were Lancaster and Morecambe’s first challenge of the campaign but proved no match.
Both teams got off to an very good start with each and every player showing why they deserved to be in this league.
Lancaster and Morecambe took an early lead after several chances. Goalscorer Alex Davidson was on the back post at the right time as the ball was put across goal.
Liverpool pressed hard putting the LMHC defence under pressure forcing Mark Hutchinson to pull of some tremendous saves to keep LMHC in the game.
Half-time passed and it was still a tense game however LMHC seemed to have control on the game, maintaining pressure and keeping possession.
After a series of chances, Lancaster and Morecambe were awarded a short corner.
Man of the match Mike Sambell took the first shot on goal with the keeper trapping the ball under his feet.
The injector Andy Crabtree was first onto the loose ball and slapped it home to ensure a comfortable final five minutes of the game.
Liverpool battled hard to the end forcing LMHC to defend a series of long and a short corner in the final minute but they held on to make a perfect start.
There were mixed fortunes for LMHC’s Men’s second and third teams on Saturday.
The second team were 6-1 winners over Keswick seconds in the North West Hockey League Division 4 North.
After gifting the visitors the opener Lancaster and Morecambe dominated, Sam Letcher, Chris Holland, Foy (2), Hay and Brookes getting the goals.
As for the third team, they fell 5-0 at Springfield Men’s 1s.
After a slow start the game was 4-0 at half-time with Lancaster and Morecambe improving in the second period.