Leyland and Chorley men’s second team slipped to a heavy defeat against table-toppers Springfields.
In a tough battle, Springfields’ extra quality saw them secure a fine 4-1 victory in the Barrington Sports North West Hockey League Division Five North.
This latest defeat leaves L&C flirting with relegation as they now sit in ninth place.
The game started at a quick pace and Springfield had the upper hand in the opening stages.
After a slight change in tactics and formation, Leyland and Chorley took a surprising lead as Wayne Johnson played through Andy Townsend and he flicked a shot into the top right-hand corner.
On the stroke of half-time, the league leaders drew level as they took advantage of a goal mouth scramble.
The second half was again played at a quick pace and despite Springfields’ creativity, Rob Alty and Keith Gradwell stood firm making plenty of challenges.
Leyland and Chorley went in search of a second goal in the final 10 minutes.
But instead, three defensive mishaps saw Springfield take advantage and run in three late goals to seal all the points.
n The men’s third team lost 7-1 against Formby fourths.
Formby spent most of the game on the front foot, creating chance after chance.
Young Dan Hilton, who made his debut in L&C’s goals, impressed by making several fine saves.
But ultimately, Formby dominated from their short corner routine and ran in several goals.
James Devereaux continued to impress and Callum Wilding showed his quality in the midfield. Dan Schultz was the L&C scorer, his first goal for the club coming from one yard.