Two hockey sides united

from left, Nick Dunn, Captain of Chorley Brookfield and Keith Gradwell, Captain of Leyland Foxes
from left, Nick Dunn, Captain of Chorley Brookfield and Keith Gradwell, Captain of Leyland Foxes

A CHORLEY mens hockey club has been saved - with a little bit of help from one of their Leyland rivals.

Chorley Brookfields were struggling to get together a side to compete in the North West Mens Hockey League Division Seven North after only a week of the new season starting.

Officials from the club were considered pulling the team out of all competition but Leyland Foxes came to the rescue and the two sides met on Saturday at Buckshaw Village Playing Fields.

Last season’s manager Kevin Button, said: “It was disappointing that we could not get enough players motivated to put out a regular team.

“We are looking to amalgamating the two clubs next season just like the women’s team which is Chorley and Leyland Ladies.

“At least now we can stay as Chorley Brookfields and Leyland Foxes for one more year,

“My priority was that the lads would get a game and the Foxes have been lending us some players so that we did not have to fold.

“It is the best solution for now and one of the problems is that schools in the area are not playing the sport as much as they used to and there are not many youngsters interested in joining.”

The Foxes came out on top in the local derby winning 3-0 at the weekend but Kevin believes the players can put that behind them and start getting wins.

He said: “They beat us but I would put it down to fatigue.

“The Foxes have been training and playing together a couple of times so far this season while we are only starting to gel.

“We now have more players than we need and hopefully we can get wins under our belt.”

Leyland Foxes captain Keith Gradwell said: “We have talked about it for the last few years but a bit of club politics prevented it from happening.

“We have got lots of big sides nearby such as Manchester and Preston who have six or seven teams and they tend to take the best players from the area.

“By doing this we are trying to keep hockey in both areas and it would be shame if one of the clubs was to go.”