Hockey: Lancaster and Morecambe bounce back with big win

Lancaster and Morecambe Hockey Club.
Lancaster and Morecambe Hockey Club.

Lancaster and Morecambe Men’s 1sts bounced back from a heavy defeat in style on Saturday.

After a 7-2 defeat to Didsbury last time out the district side put their heaviest loss in more than three years to bed with an 8-1 win at home to Stockport Bramhall.

From the off, Lancaster looked dominant and within 10 minutes they went 1-0 up from a short corner, Tom Morgan stepping up to slot a perfectly placed drag flick into the roof of the net to give LMHC an early lead.

Soon after from open play Mike Sambell supplied a sublime pass to pick out Phil McMorris at the back post to make 2-0.

The visitors were caught on the back foot when they conceded yet another short corner.

When Morgan’s low drag flick was wonderfully saved by the Bramhall keeper, Rob Cook was lingering to collect the rebound and fire it home from close range to make it three.

Just before half time, McMorris. who has recently come back from injury, bagged his second with some fine individual skill from the in-form Matt Hartnett who supplied the pass to McMorris to crash the ball into the visitors’ net to make in 4-0 at the break.

Just after the second half got underway, Lancaster were caught napping and Stockport took the opportunity to win a short corner and convert it to make it 4-1.

For the second week running at home Hartnett then scored a diving deflection at the back post to make it 5-1.

The sixth goal came when skipper Matt Wright slotted an excellent pass from the left to find Davidson causing havoc with the Bramhall defence to pick out Sambell who was at the back post to make it six for LMHC.

The defence from Lancaster was on top from and rarely troubled all afternoon but when a rare attack from Bramhall saw them one-on-one with keeper Mark Hutchinson, Simon Mounsey put in a last-ditch tackle to prevent the visitors from scoring a second.

Close to the final whistle, a late contribution came from Steven Foy with some excellent close control to slip a pass to McMorris who made sure he got his hat-trick with yet another fine finish to complete the scoring at 8-1 with an impressive performance from Lancaster.

Lancaster and Morecambe now travel to Bebington this weekend to see if they can make it two wins from two and continue another big win.