Hockey: Lancaster and Morecambe back to winning ways

Lancaster and Morecambe hockey.
Lancaster and Morecambe hockey.

Lancaster and Morecambe Mens’ 1st team got back to winning ways on Saturday with an emphatic 6-3 win at mid-table Northern Mens 1st.

Having suffered a shock defeat to lowly Lytham last week it was important for LMHC to bounce back strongly against their Merseyside counterparts.

An intense warm up, provided by coach Gordon Davidson was just what LMHC needed going into the game and it seemed to pay off as they took an early advantage on the three minute mark after some good work from Rob Cook and Tom Morgan down the right.

Morgan drove into the ‘D’ and squared for an unmarked Alex Davidson on the back post to tap home, making it 1-0 to the visitors.

It was 2-0 shortly after when Nick Davey found a Northern foot in the ‘D’ resulting in a short corner for the visitors.

This was converted with gusto by the imperious Morgan, who dispatched his drag flick into the roof of the opposition goal.

However, some slick play by the hosts resulted in a short corner and defending these has become somewhat of an Achilles Heel for LMHC in recent weeks.

This was no different as Northern slapped the rebound in after the initial effort had been saved well by Hutchinson, making it 2-1 going into the final five minutes of the first half.

LMHC always felt there were more goals for them in this half and it was Cook who manoeuvred himself into space in the ‘D’ confidently stroking the ball home from a tight angle.

LMHC began the second half in similar fashion and this paid dividends five minutes in when Matt Lee found Michael Sambell unmarked at the top of the ‘D’.

He finished instinctively with a reverse stick hit past the Northern stopper.

Craig Allison then picked up the ball in midfield, finding Phil McMorris in space just outside the ‘D’ and when he slipped it to Matt Hartnett, the midfield maestro just had the keeper to beat, doing so with a well struck reverse hit making it 5-1.

LMHC weren’t done there and Davidson made it 6-1 with 10 minutes to go after more impressive play from Davey and McMorris.

Northern rallied late in the game, scoring two goals in the dying moments.

This late rally was the only downside to what was a strong LMHC performance.