Hey comes up with goods at the death

Nick Dunn
Nick Dunn

Leyland and Chorley men continued their winning ways as they triumphed at third-placed Kirkby Lonsdale 1st team 3-2 in the Barrington Sports North West Hockey League Division Five North.

But they were put under immediate pressure by a young and energetic Kirkby side, with keeper Tim Sullivan, called into action early on to make a fine save down to his left.

Leyland and Chorley were struggling to get into the game and the back-line of Iain Lindsay, Gary Swann, Tim Button and Damien Kaighin all needed to make last-ditch tackles.

Then they gradually grew into the game and the returning Mark Collier should have given them the lead but his

effort was well saved by the goalkeeper.

Leyland and Chorley then had a short corner. But James Gallacher’s flick went out of play and the hosts counter-attacked quickly and clinically by taking the lead.

But Leyland and Chorley hit back almost immediately.

Swann linked up with Simon Myers and the latter found Adam Thornton, who drilled the ball to the back post for skipper Nick Dunn to

tap-in.

And ne became two as Thornton found Andy Hey whounleashed a shot which smashed against the post but on hand again was Dunn to divert the ball into the goal.

Chances were hard to come by in the second half.

But an uncharacteristic error from Button saw Kirkby pounce and grab an equaliser.

Button then thought he had given Leyland and Chorley the lead but the umpire ruled his strike out.

But his side kept attacking and showed there quality as Myers dribbled into the D sliding the ball to Hey, who slotted the ball home to secure a vital three points and a fine team victory.

Leyland take on strugglers Preston fourths weekend and the hosts will look to continue their fine form.