Leaders just Did enough to maintain 100% start

Simon Myers in action for Chorley Mens Hockey vs. Didsbury Northern fourths
Simon Myers in action for Chorley Mens Hockey vs. Didsbury Northern fourths

High-flying Leyland and Chorley men just came out on top in their Division Fourth North top-of-the-table clash against Didsbury Northern fourths.

In another close encounter, L&C didn’t have it all their own way but in the end, the quality of the home side prevailed as they ran out 3-2 winners.

The victory is their fifth in five games this season.

In a high-tempo start, both teams moved the ball well, looking to get the ball wide at every opportunity, but both back-lines stood firm denying any early opportunities.

After 15 minutes Leyland and Chorley took the lead.

After fine interplay between Craig and Matt Wilson, the ball was played to Simon Myers, whose shot struck the foot of a Didsbury defender.

From the resulting corner, Myers struck an effort goalbound and although his shot was saved, he followed up to tap home.

The goal really sparked L&C into life and minutes later they doubled their lead.

James Gallacher fired a shot wide and then Gary Swann intercepted a Didsbury pass to put the fit-again Mark Collier through on goal and he showed no rust by slamming the ball past the goalkeeper.

Didsbury regrouped and they hit back after 25 minutes with L&C goalkeeper Ande Wilding helpless from stopping the ball rolling into the bottom corner.

The goal was a bit of a

wake-up call for the home side and they extended their lead five minutes later.

Roger Swansbury released Myers and he lashed the ball into the top corner to bag his second and Leyland’s third.

Didsbury did hit back later in the first half and lady luck was on their side, as a deflected pass landed at the stick of the forward who coolly finished past Wilding.

The second half was all L&C as Collier, with Gary Swann and Craig Wilson all missing chances but at least they held on to their lead.

n On Sunday, the men’s first team thrashed Horwich men 6-2 in the Lancashire Cup.

Mark Swann scored after 10 minutes and Collier was in the goals again to make it two.

Collier then bagged a second when converting a Craig Wilson cross-come shot.

In the second half, Tom McLellan opened his account for the season on his debut

appearance.

Swansbury then bagged two strikes later in the game to seal an emphatic victory.

Horwich, who are newly formed, did bag a brace of goals but the day belonged to the victorious Leyland & Chorley, who were drawn against Blackpool in the next

round.

n This Saturday, L&C will be looking to make it six wins out of six in the league when they travel to Ormskirk.