It’s raining goals as ladies find back of net 17 times

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Leyland and Chorley Ladies first team served up a Halloween special by taking advantage of some scary Lancaster defending to advance in the cup.

The ladies ran out 17-0 winners in what can only be described as a demolition.

Conditions were awful in Lancaster with the rain pouring and the wind howling across the pitch.

Captain Sarah King won the toss and asked Lancaster to start against the wind.

Not to be put off by the awful conditions Leyland and Chorley started strongly passing the ball well.

And after two minutes they took the lead after lightning quick passing.

It was soon 2-0 minutes later and already Lancaster were sinking without trace.

Raelene Strickland picked up the ball and unleashed a strike leaving the goalkeeper no chance.

Another attacking move, saw Paula Thornton surge forward and set up Lauren Kay for a powerful blast, but unfortunately her goal was disallowed due to a high stick.

Determined to keep the ball in Lancaster’s half, Hayley Billington blocked the ball off a Lancaster 16, running it to Becca Halsall who lifted it over the defender’s stick to Penny Robb who passed it back to Caroline Bullen.

Bullen powered home a shot in from the top of the D, leaving Lancaster wondering how they would cope with the excellent attacking play from Leyland and Chorley.

Lancaster took a quick break, passing the ball up towards LCHC defence.

But the away side defence was as strong as ever as Gail Arthur and Sarah King paired up to block and bring the ball back.

This lead to Nicola Wallbank making a spirited run through the whole Lancaster half, her shot, saved impressively by the Lancaster goalie.

But Wallbank wasn’t to be denied as she glided through the defence once more, striking at the top of the area for Robb to nudge past the keeper.

Lancaster tried to hit back but Strickland again found the back of the net and then Marie Meagher opened her account the day as Leyland and Chorley went in at the half-time break eight goals to the good.

Alison Rigby bagged early on in the second half and it was a full on rout from Leyland scoring goals left right and centre.

Jess Frith, Lauren Kay both bagged along with further goals from Bullen sealed a 17-0 victory for Leyland.

n Leyland and Chorley men’s first team thrashed Carlisle seconds 12-1.

Mark Collier was the man in form, bagging yet another hat-trick.

Brothers Nick and Andy Dunn chipped in with goals with Craig Wilson also bagging four.

But the first team were dumped out of the Lancashire trophy on Sunday, losing 5-0 to Blackburn Northern.