Collier double maintains perfect start to the season

Leyland and Chorley mens first team against Kirkby Lonsdale

Leyland and Chorley mens first team against Kirkby Lonsdale

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Leyland and Chorley men’s first team made it three wins from three as they ran out winners against Kirkby Londsdale.

Victory was by a 2-1 scoreline thanks to a brace from in-form striker Mark Collier.

In an even contest, Leyland and Chorley started brightly, moving the ball well around the back and created several chances but found the Kirkby keeper in good form stopping efforts from Collier, Wilson and Thornton.

Kirkby struggled to create chances thanks to a solid defence and the hosts took the lead after a smart turn from Collier on the edge of the D saw his shot beat the keeper at his near post.

The second half followed a similar pattern with Leyland and Chorley dominating possession and territory but unable to convert several chances and short corners.

Kirkby finally gave into the pressure as more slick passing created space in the D for Collier to convert.

The visitors grabbed a goal late on to make it a nervous few minutes but the home side held on to an excellent victory.

n The second team got back to winning ways in a nine-goal thriller, defeating Keswick men’s thirds 6-3.

Ben Teteyellow opened the scoring with his first goal for the club, and Aidey Thornton doubled the lead with a smart finish.

Keswick hit back but Teteyellow grabbed his second before Neil McManus made it 4-1.

Leyland and Chorley continued to dominate with Roger Swansbury and Mcmanus making it 6-1.

Skipper Jordan Schultz should have made it seven

but it wasn’t to be.

Keswick hit back with two late goals but Leyland and Chorley held out for the win.

n The third team slumped to a heavy 7-2 against Urmston.

Fielding only nine men, Keith Gradwell was the bright spark for Leyland grabbing two goals.

But the inexperience showed as Urmston showed quality and took advantage of the extra men to comfortably win.

n The ladies’ first team opened their season with an excellent 7-0 victory over Southport.

Birthday girl Alison Rigby opened the scoring with a calm finish.

An early goal meant more pressure from Leyland and they doubled their lead to make it 2-0.

Raelene Stickland then made it 3-0 just after the break before new signing Becca Halsall made it four.

Goals from Penny Robb, Rigby and Stickland sealed a convincing victory for the ladies first team.

n The ladies’ second team took to the field in their first competitive match as Leyland and Chorley.

Despite the side only playing hockey for half a year, they secured an excellent 2-0

victory.

The first goal was scored by Michelle Alty after some good passing to create the

opportunity.

Leyland and Chorley continued to play well and made it 2-0 late on in the game.

Some good work in the D by Jo Heald saw Lauren Pickup finish well past a sprawling keeper.

The victory was part of an excellent performance and a thoroughly deserved win fro the newcomers.