Halsall leads the way as leaders win feisty clash

Marie Meagher challenges for the ball

Marie Meagher challenges for the ball

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It was another five-star performance from Leyland and Chorley Ladies as they dominated Lancaster thirds in a fiery encounter.

In an unusual turn of events, Raelene Strickland saw yellow for a hefty challenge while captain Sarah King was shown a green card for stick tackles before she was later substituted after being winded by a Lancaster defender.

However, the cards didn’t impact on Leyland and Chorley’s style of play as Becca Halsall scored a double and Strickland, Nicola Wallbank and Sarah Winstanley all so got their names on the scoresheet.

The home side started strongly in the first half, with Paula Thornton, Yasmin Bennison and Halsall all linking up well .

The first goal came after 14 minutes when Winstanley saw a shot saved but following up for the rebound was Strickland, who nudged the ball through the legs of the ‘keeper.

L&C were back on the offensive soon after, Marie Meagher showed quality making a powering run towards goal before crossing for Winstanley and she tapped home.

And Wallbank added a third soon after as she wormed her way into the D before hitting the ball into the net.

Lancaster responded early in the second half with keeper Alison Clewlow forced into making her first save of the match.

The umpires then had to intervene as captain King was warned about her tackling before she was substituted after being winded.

Despite the loss of King, Leyland cand Chorley ontinued to attack and added a fourth through Halsall.

Meagher, Wallbank and Halsall all exchanged passes in a free-flowing move before the latter stroked the ball home.

The scoring was rounded off as Halsall grabbed a second following up another rebounded shot.

But the game ended on a sour note as Strickland was sin-binned for a clumsy

challenge.

n The ladies’ second team were also winners at the weekend over Lancaster as they defeated their fourth team 1-0.

A solitary strike from Vicky Pilkington made all the difference as Leyland and Chorley avenged an early-season loss.

The game saw plenty of action in both Ds and Leyland and Chorley’s keeper Savannah Wilding needed to pull off a tremendous save from a penalty flick to ensure the sides remained level.

Pilkington and Stacey Billington both spurned chances on goal, while at the other end Anita Dickson and Nicky Wright were required to make vital blocks.

The second half again saw more chances missed but in the final few minutes Helen Adams’ shot was parried and Pilkington tapped in.