Lytham’s derby win in Caley showdown

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THE Caley Trophy derby clash between premier division rivals Blackpool Ladies and Lytham proved a one-sided contest.

Blackpool led 2-1 early on, but Lytham showed why they are unbeaten this season with six goals in each half.

Both sides started brightly and it was Danielle Bamber who opened the scoring for Lytham from a penalty corner.

Blackpool made the perfect response, however, with goals from Lauren Burrell and Kandy Cardwell.

Gilly Harrison levelled the scoring with a penalty, and Charlotte Evans put Lytham back in front after a storming run by Alex Townsend.

Evans had another by half-time as goals by Gemma Trickett and Sophia Crawshay made it 6-2 to Lytham.

Blackpool fought bravely in the second half but the goals flowed. Alex Lord started the move which ended with Trickett scoring her second, and Bamber did likewise before two more from Evans took her tally to four and Lytham’s to ten.

Bamber sped down the right from Amy Horrocks’ pass and smashed her hat-trick goal.

Blackpool had chances but were denied by some spectacular saves by Claire Turner until Becky Worthington grabbed a consolation.

Lytham had the final say as a slick move down the left resulted in Crawshay’s second and a final scoreline of 12-3.

Lytham Ladies’ Seconds also progressed to the second round with a 3-1 win over Leyland’s senior side.

The Chorley keeper’s fine form enabled her side to keep Lytham at bay and take the lead against the run of play.

It remained 1-0 at half-time but Georgia Read soon fired in the equaliser from a short corner.

This gave Lytham a confidence boost and they took the lead when Hannah Travis got the final touch in a goalmouth scramble.

Vicki Nickson created several openings and victory was sealed when Gilly Shields scored after exchanging passes with Read. Lytham debutant Katy Ingham impressed at inside-right.

Blackpool Seconds also progressed to the next round convincingly with a 5-1 win over their Nelson and Pendle Forest counterparts.

Blackpool had the better of the first half but had to settle for a 1-1 stalemate at half-time, Shone MacPherson having given them the lead only for the Pendle goalkeeper to keep her side in the contest.

However, their enterprising play was rewarded with goals by Taegan O’Hara, Lynsey Shewin, Meghan Fearn and player of the game Aimy Barrow, while Blackpool also defended well.

Lytham Thirds bowed out of the Lisham Trophy with a 2-1 defeat against Southport Ladies, whose early goals left them two up at half-time.

Lytham came back strongly and Heather Bottomley’s well worked goal gave them hope, though more pressure could not force an equaliser.