Hockey: Leaders too good for Lancaster and Morecambe

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Lancaster and Morecambe Mens’ 1st team suffered their heaviest defeat in more than three years as table-topping Didsbury Northern Mens 1st ran out 7-2 winners at the University of Cumbria on Saturday.

It was also a first defeat of the season in North Division 2 West for the hosts but it was no disgrace against a side who had bludgeoned in 37 goals in their first five games.

The question was could LMHC halt the charge and that was answered two minutes in as Didsbury waltzed into the D to open the scoring. 
It was soon two as more slick exchanges in the visitors’ midfield proved too much to handle.

Lancaster and Morecambe hit back on the quarter hour however, Michael Sambell intercepting a Didsbury free hit before releasing Steve Goodwin-Allen who saw his first effort saved before making no mistake second time around.

The joy was shortlived as Didsbury added a third with ‘keeper Hutchinson keeping them in touch with a string of fine saves before half-time.

LMHC were more composed after the interval, Phil McMorris, Rob Cook and Michael Sambell all having efforts saved after some hard work from Nick Davey and Alex Davidson before they made it 3-2 from a short corner.

The impressive Morgan found a diving Hartnett at the back post to deflect the ball home.

It was game on and LMHC continued to control the play with Cook forcing another save from the ‘keeper.

That proved to be a turning point in the game as the visitors went straight up the other end to restore their two-goal cushion at 4-2 with 10 minutes to play.

The goal knocked the wind out of the Lancaster and Morecambe sails as the visitors added some gloss to the scoreline in the closing stages with three further goals.

Stockport Bramhall are the visitors to the University of Cumbria this Saturday in a 2pm push back.

Lancaster and Morecambe Ladies 2nd team continued their winning run with a 3-2 victory over previously undefeated Windermere Ladies first team on Saturday.

The home defence was tested early on at the University of Cumbria but LMHC replied with a great counter attack as Grace Charlesworth linked up with newcomer Alice Phipps.

Laura Cape got the hosts in front with a fine goal on five minutes and it was nearly two soon after but Yasmin Dodd’s reverse hit was blocked by ‘keeper Margaret Belk.

They didn’t have to wait long for a second goal however, Kirsty Lee finishing off a cross from the right.

Annabelle Cartmell added her name to the score card within minutes with a cracking strike from the top of the circle but Windermere soon replied to make it 3-1 at the break.

The second half was full of chances for both teams with Windermere having the only success setting up a nervous finale.

But led by captain Bowman the hosts held on for victory.

The men’s second team slipped to a 7-2 defeat to Didsbury in North West Division 4 North.

The depleted side had stand-in goalkeeper Laurie Gornal to thank for keeping the score down.

Ben Brookes worked tirelessly up front and bagged a brace.