Meagher the star as ladies start new season in style

Goalscorer Marie Meagher attempts to block a shot

Goalscorer Marie Meagher attempts to block a shot

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Leyland and Chorley Ladies started their new Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey League Premier Division season on a high, defeating Lancaster and Morecambe 3-1.

In an even encounter at Parklands, Anita Dickson cleared a Lancaster through ball whilst Raelene Strickland forced the Lancaster goalkeeper into an early save.

The opening stages proved to be end-to end, Leyland’s Alison Clewlow produced a fine stop but she was helpless in the 16th minute, Lancaster opening the scoring from a short corner.

Three minutes later, the hosts equalised as Marie Meagher fired in from a short corner.

Leyland tried to capitalise on the momentum and came close on Sarah Winstanley was denied in the 22nd by a fantastic save from the Lancaster ‘keeper.

Late in the half, Kirstie Taylor blocked a goal-bound shot.

The hosts made a fast start to the second half, Meagher having a shot cleared off the line.

Penny Robb, playing in defence rather than her usual centre forward position made an important block soon after.

A fine team goal saw Leyland take the lead, Meagher played through Nicola Wallbank who in turn found Sarah King.

King put in a perfect cross and Strickland fired home at the back post. In the final five minute, Sarah Winstanley put the game to bed finishing into an empty net.

The Ladies seconds were emphatic 11-0 winners against Clitheroe.

A tremendous display saw Leyland and Chorley men defeat high-flying Bury 3-2 in the North West Hockey League Division Three North.

Goalkeeper Wasim Iqbal pulled off a fine save five minutes in to keep Bury at bay.

But there was nothing he could do 10 minutes later as Bury slotted in from three-on-one opportunity.

Leyland responded, Robbie Unsworth shot over but a defensive error at the other end saw Bury double their lead.

James Gallacher halved the deficit almost immediately firing in from a short corner

Leyland came out firing.

After a short spell of pressure, Gallacher grabbed an equaliser.

Simon Myers had a goal chalked off but with minutes remaining, Mark Collier scored an emphatic winner, beating the Bury ‘keeper with a reverse hit.

The men’s seconds defeated Blackburn seconds 3-2 and the men’s thirds lost 4-1 against Preston’s sixth team