Tougher tests lie ahead for Leyland

Penalty flick: Adrian Thornton
Penalty flick: Adrian Thornton

Leyland and Chorley 2nds travelled to Salford University with a strong side hoping to complete the double against the young student team,having beaten them 1-0 at home.

They started strongly but were undone very early during the game when the defence stopped for an injured player, but unfortunately the umpire did not blow the whistle and the students took full advantage, scoring an easy goal.

Undeterred, Leyland and Chorley continued to push forward and were rewarded with a goal when Tony Stevens forced the ball home past two defenders after the goalkeeper had lost sight of it.

With the game swinging from end-to-end, it was Leyland and Chorley who lead at the break after Tony Stevens scored again, deftly deflecting a shot from Sarkawt Karim past the keeper.

The students started strongly in the second half, and got back on level terms with a breakaway goal.

Leyland and Chorley regained the lead when they were awarded a penalty flick which was converted by Adrian Thornton, despite the keeper getting a hand to the ball.

A real fluke of a goal put the students level again.

A speculative cross into the penalty area was deflected by a defender’s stick and fell in the goal off the back of the keeper’s helmet.

With only a few minutes left of the match, Leyland and Chorley gained a succession of penalty corners which led to Adrian Thornton scoring his second goal of the game,which proved to be the winner.

Overall this was a splendid team performance and a thoroughly deserved win.

But next week’s encounter
with league leaders West Derby
at home should really test the team.