Another Collier treble as title triumph is confirmed

Leyland and Chorley Mens Hockey Team
Leyland and Chorley Mens Hockey Team

After gaining promotion from the Barrington Sports North West Hockey League Division five North two weeks ago, a 4-1 defeat of Bury 2nds on Saturday saw Leyland and Chorley crowned league champions.

The promotion is the second for the men’s team in successive seasons.

Goalkeeper Andy Wilding was called into action early on as he pulled off a smart save from a short corner.

But the bright Bury start seemed to spark Leyland and Chorley into life, with Simon Myers, Iain Lindsay, Nick Dunn and James Bunyan all finding space in the midfield.

Both sides were battling hard and Leyland and Chorley’s front trio of Andy Hey, Mark Collier and Craig Wilson were finding chances hard to come by.

But after 25 minutes, the prolific Collier pulled off a moment of brilliance to give Leyland and Chorley the lead.

He picked the ball up on the edge of the D and reverse sticked a shot into the bottom corner.

A second goal then followed five minutes later.

Bunyan worked the ball to Hey, and the latter squared to Dunn. He marauded up the pitch before passing to the overlapping Gallacher, who made no mistake by smashing the a ball home.

Shortly after the break, Collier grabbed his second and the team’s third with a fine finish before completing his hat-trick minutes later.

Bury hit back with a consolation goal, but the day belonged to Leyland and Chorley, who celebrated a league crown.

n The ladies first XI ended a fine season in which they have won every game.

Their final league match saw them defeat Springfields 3-0.

Paula Thornton and Hayley Billington both had early chances but it was Sarah Maycock who opened the scoring with a fine finish.

Maycock then grabbed her second shortly after to put Leyland and Chorley in control.

Springfields hit back but they had no response to the prolific Maycock, who smashed the ball home sealing the points and her hat-trick.

n The men’s second team secured promotion by beating Preston 6-2.

Rahul Bamania opened the scoring before a fine solo effort from Adrian Thornton doubled the lead before Preston hit back prior to the break.

Roger Swansbury restored the two-goal lead but Preston again hit back. Then goals from Adam Thornton and Swansbury before Sarkwart Karim rounded off the scoring.