BLACKPOOL Men made light of absent players to record a 12-1 away hammering of Urmston Seconds to remain third in hockey’s North West Division Three.
Indeed, it was the replacements who did most of the scoring as Lancashire Under-16 player Nathan Woodman netted the first after only two minutes.
A repeat of Blackpool’s 17-0 home win over Urmston looked on the cards, but they were frustrated for 15 minutes until top scorer Dave Morgan doubled the lead after a shot was parried.
Alex Rowe celebrated his first goal for the team, deflected in off two sticks, and striker Chris Hocking did likewise before Steve Whitley made it 5-0 at half-time.
Morgan scored a five-minute hat-trick in the second half, including the goal of the game after great interplay between Rob Abbott, Whitley and James Slater.
Nathan Woodman also scored a hat-trick, including a goal supplied by his uncle Dan.
Hocking scored his second before Urmston pulled one back from a penalty corner.
Man of the match Nathan Woodman’s fourth completed the scoring.
Blackpool Seconds avenged their defeat by their Manchester counterparts in Division Seven North with a 6-3 win.
Student Mariano De La Lastra was the star with five goals, inspired by some friends who had flown in from Seville.
Blackpool trailed 2-1 before Josh Payne gave them the lead. De La Lastra made it 6-2 before Manchester’s consolation.
Blackpool Thirds continue to struggle in Nine North, going down 2-1 at home to their Morecambe counterparts.
Two down at half-time, captain Alex Diver pulled one back with a fine drag flick.
*BLACKPOOL Ladies remain in contention at the top of the Lancashire Central Premier Division after an outstanding 4-2 win at Preston Seconds.
Christy Martin opened the scoring following some lovely one-touch hockey, and although Preston soon equalised Martin’s second restored Blackpool’s lead at half-time.
Lauren Burrell, Lauren Harkness and Martin dominated the Preston circle, but it was captain Kandy Chamberlain who struck the third.
Preston pulled one back, but player of the match Chamberlain’s second sealed the win after Harkness’ shot rebounded.
Blackpool Seconds gave an excellent display to beat Preston Thirds 5-0 at Stanley Park in Division One.
Taegan O’Hara and player of game (for the third consecutive week) Shona MacPherson both scored twice before keeper Beckie Brookes saved a penalty and Lynsey Shewin added the fifth goal late on.
Blackpool Thirds took an inexperienced team to play Lancaster Fifths and returned with a 1-1 draw.
Trailing at half-time, their pressure was rewarded with a fine strike from Nicky Dresser.
Left-winger Emily Copp was voted player of the match as Blackpool look to press the leaders after the Christmas break.
n LYTHAM St Annes Ladies remain six points clear at the top of the Lancashire Central Premier Division after being awarded a 4-0 walkover win over Blackburn Northern, who could not raise a side.
Lytham Seconds recorded their third win in the same division with a 6-4 victory at Clitheroe Seconds.
Clitheroe opened the scoring but slick passing from Gilly Shields, Hannah Travis and Penny Pemberton steadied Lytham’s ship and they equalised through Sophia Crawshay.
Marcella Bate made some good saves as Crawshay went on to complete a hat-trick by half-time.
Clitheroe came out fighting and pulled one back but Crawshay netted a fourth before Travis made it 5-2.
Jenny Malings made some great tackles and debutant Ele Greenhalgh impressive was impressive, but Clitheroe narrowed the gap agains before Penny Pemberton’s shot was deflected in by Crawshay for her fifth.
Lytham Thirds also faced Clitheroe in Division Two and avenged an 11-2 early-season defeat with a 4-0 win, though it took a fine save by Jane Evans to prevent them falling behind.
With Darcey Bray and Becky Evans storing in defence, Millie Foley sent Lytham into half-time a goal ahead by scoring on the rebound, following Fran Beeby’s strike.
Foley scored a second as confidence grew and creative play by Emily Grey set up her hat-trick goal. Steph Zeal completed the scoring after more top play by Beeby and Grace Reddy.
It leaves Lytham fourth in the table and only four points behind the leaders going into the Christmas break.
*STRUGGLING Lytham St Annes Men secured a rare but welcome point with a 4-4 draw at Stockton in North Division One.
LSA seconds remain in contention in North West division four thanks to a 6-3 win over Winnington Park.
Having taken the lead against the run of play, LSA led 4-1 at half-time and went on to close the game out, despite Winnington cutting the gap to 5-3 at one point.
Tom Atkinson scored twice and George Aldersley was the man of the match, while scorer Alex Beauchamp was also impressive.
LSA continued to press and were rewarded with goals from Tom Atkinson, Alex Beauchamp and Simon Beard. Winnington managed one in reply so the half-time score stood at 4-1.
LSA Thirds were well beaten 5-1 by a much-improved Preston Fourths in Division Six North.
Jack Baxter-Beard worked hard in midfield as LSA pulled back from 2-0 down with a goal by skipper Tom Lees following a fine through ball from Paul Burnett.
LSA defended stoutly in the second half, with Phil Hope impressive and Richard Sharples making many fine saves.
LSA Fourths never recovered from conceding from two early goals at home to Bury GS Old Boys’ senior side in Seven North.
Mike Godfrey did well on the right and Dan Thompson impressed under pressure, though Bury sealed victory with their third in the second half.