Another Collier double as Lytham are brushed aside

Leyland and Chorley men's first team against Lytham
Leyland and Chorley men's first team against Lytham

It was business as usual for Leyland and Chorley men’s first team as they recorded another crushing victory.

They ran out 4-0 winners against Lytham fourths in Division Five of the North West Hockey League and now have an 11-point lead at the top-of-the-table.

The win also means Leyland and Chorley are yet to lose a game in their league campaign, with their only defeat coming against Blackburn Northern in the quarter-final of the League cCup.

From the start of this match, it was clear the visitors had no interest in attacking the home goal, just containing, which meant the home side had all of the possession from the push back.

But the negative Lytham tactics seemed to be paying off as Leyland and Chorley became frustrated and found chances hard to come by due to all the Lytham back-line camping on their own D.

The breakthrough finally came after 20 minutes when James Gallacher skilfully beat two defenders and drove into the D, flicking the ball to the back post where goal machine Mark Collier was left alone to flick the ball home.

Leyland and Chorley then went on the offensive and changed their formation to play a front four.

And they found success five minutes later as a quick ball from Gallacher to the left by-line found Adam Thornton.

Thornton’s run and drive found Collier who was able to turn the ball home under pressure to bag his and Leyland and Chorley’s second.

Nick Dunn scored the third from a penalty stroke following a short corner routine when Gallachers’ deflection hit a defender on the line

The second half was much of the same with it Leyland and Chorley bombarding the Lytham goal.

The away side became frustrated, committing several cynical fouls which eventually saw them reduced to 10 men.

Leyland and Chorley took advantage of the extra man and an excellent ball from Dunn found Collier at the back post.

For once Collier saw his shot saved, but Thornton was on hand to round off the scoring and make it 4-0.

n The men’s second team thrashed Wigan 9-1.

A weak Wigan side struggled against Leyland and Chorley’s pace and soon found themselves 3-0 down.

A slip from Keith Gradwell allowed Wigan to score but it was still all one-way traffic.

Craig Wilson was the pick of the goalscorers bagging five.

n Leyland and Chorley’s first team beat Springfields 3-1.

Sarah Maycock, Lauren Kay and Caroline Gray bagged the goals.