Collier blasts in another double as Bury are buried

Mark Collier
Mark Collier
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Leyland and Chorley men’s first team bounced back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-1 victory at Bury 2nds.

The win means they still sit top of Division Five of the North West Hockey League.

The early signs were promising for Leyland and Chorley as they camped in the Bury half.

Slick passing and movement helped carve out several chances early on, Mark Collier, Hey and Adam Thornton all narrowly missing out.

The first clear opportunity to take the lead was created by Thornton when his drive from the right found James Gallacher running in at the far post, but he was unable to turn the ball into an unguarded net.

Leyland and Chorley then wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead when Collier had a penalty flick saved after he was deliberately taken out by the keeper when through on goal.

But in the 25th minute, completely against the run of play, the hosts took the lead.

A strike from the edge of the D was sent goalbound and a cruel deflection saw the ball nestle in the net.

The goal rattled Leyland and Chorle,y and minutes later they could have found themselves 2-0 down but the Bury frontman failed to convert at the back post.

Leyland and Chorley came out in the second half knowing they had to attack, and minutes later they grabbed an equaliser through goal machine Collier.

He went on a mazy run from the halfway line and made no mistake in finishing past the goalkeeper.

And it was soon 2-1, with again Collier the scorer.

This goal seemed to inspire Leyland and Chorley who passed the ball with confidence and dominated


Gallacher made it 3-1 from a well-worked short corner.

Wilson then completed the scoring after Nick Dunn broke into the D and found him for a smart finish into the bottom corner and seal the victory.

n Leyland and Chorley men’s second team suffered a devastating 6-1 defeat when hosting Preston 6ths.

Preston ran out 4-1 winners in a convincing away victory.

n The third team took on league leaders South Manchester in what turned out to be a tough test for the young development side.

Leyland and Chorley fell behind early due to sloppy errors but a much-improved performance started to frustrate Manchester.

The leaders then showed their class and ran out 6-0 winners but positives can be taken for the development side who are continuing to improve.

n Leyland and Chorley Ladies first team just keep on winning – this time beating Pendle Forest 3rds 5-0.

A hat-trick from the impressive Raelene Strickland and goals from Sarah Mayock and player-of-the-match Alison Rigby sealed the victory.

Leyland and Chorley battled hard throughout but didn’t have it all their own way, with goalkeeper Alison Clewlow having to make a number of saves.

But Leyland and Chorley still ran out easy winners and still sit top of the league.