Collier strikes late on to keep unbeaten run going

Leyland and Chorley Hockey 1st team V Blackpool 2nd team
Leyland and Chorley Hockey 1st team V Blackpool 2nd team

Leyland and Chorley men’s first team dropped their first points of the season when drawing 1-1 with Blackpool seconds.

But the draw still sees them lead Division Five of the North West Hockey League.

Blackpool started well, harassing Leyland and Chorley each time they were on the ball.

But it was the home side who had the first chance when the Blackpool goalkeeper saved well from Mark Collier.

As the half wore on, Leyland found the Blackpool keeper in inspired form as he saved everything hit at him.

After a goalless first half, Blackpool made the electric start to the second and took the lead.

And the goal rattled Leyland and Chorley who kept losing possession and making sloppy errors.

But they gradually recovered and forward James Gallacher saw his effort well saved.

Leyland and Chorley continued to press and a from goalmouth scramble, Collier smash the ball home to draw the sides level.

The home side continued to apply pressure after that but the excellent Blackpool keeper ensured his side took a point back home with them.

n The men’s second team earned a valuable point in a 1-1 draw again promotion rivals Windermere.

Despite falling behind early on, Leyland and Chorley pressed hard and it was a father and son partnership that drew the sides level.

Adrian Thornton sent son Adam through on goal and the latter finished well to earn a deserved point in the race for promotion.

n The men’s third team suffered a shock defeat against bottom-of-the-table West Derby.

The third team is a mixture of youth and experience but the inexperience showed as West Derby took the lead prior to half-time.

An end-to-end game in the second half saw Leyland and Chorley waste a number of chance before the home side popped up to make it 2-0.

The goal seemed to rally Leyland and Chorley and the away side camped for long stages of the game in the West Derby half.

Then forward Stuart Clewlow took the ball forward and drilled a shot goalbound which was deflected into the back of the net.

But as the team pressed for an equaliser, West Derby sealed the points hitting Leyland on the counter attack to score late on and win the game 3-1.

n Leyland and Chorley women’s first team just keep on winning as they thrashed second-placed Clitheroe 4-0.

The fixture was the toughest yet for Leyland but they still made easy work of their Ribble Valley opponents.

Rachel Yarwood opened the scoring before Leyland doubled their lead.

Caroline Bullen made it three and seemingly put the tie to bed.

Sarah King linked up well with Penny Robb and Robb’s neat back flick was tapped in at the far post to make it four and seal the victory.