SLIDESHOW: Hockey - Lancaster maintain third in the Premier Division

Lancaster came out on top in their war of the roses with City of York Ladies to keep up the pressure on the sides at the top of the table.

The city side won 3-2 in Yorkshire on Saturday to maintain third place in the North Hockey Women’s Premier Division.

Lancaster 4s vs Lancaster & Morecambe 2s , University Saturday.

Lancaster 4s vs Lancaster & Morecambe 2s , University Saturday.

Lancaster started the brighter and Ali Standeven gave them the lead. Her quick turn and shot beating the home goalkeeper after good work from Beth Hay.

It was a lead the visitors took into the break and soon doubled in the second half after a reverse stick shot from Cathy Park was diverted into the net via a York deflection.

And Lancaster’s dominance continued with captain Grace Robertson tapping in for a third goal after a good team move.

But the struggling York side showed they had plenty of fight and pulled two goals back meaning Lancaster were made to battle for another three points.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Lancaster’s second team were 4-0 victors over Rossall while the thirds went down 2-1 at Garstang Ladies.

Relegation-threatened Lancaster 4s lost out 3-1 in their local derby against Lancaster and Morecambe Ladies 2s at Lancaster University on Saturday.

Sitting bottom of the table in the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division Two, the home side were a goal down at the break in horrible conditions.

Lancaster and Morecambe soon doubled their lead in the second half and, after a host of shooting chances went begging, Anya Briggs pulled a goal back after a great run from midfield.

But as the hosts went in search of a draw they were left exposed, a mistake from Woods in defence allowing Lancaster and Morecambe to double their advantage and seal victory.

The fifth team picked up a 1-1 draw at Clitheroe Ladies 4s.

After a scoreless first half, Lancaster dominated the second period but could only take one of their chances, Molly Ayrton converting a short corner injected by Megan Rawes.

The club’s development side won 3-1 in their local derby at Lancaster and Morecambe.