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ACTION REPLAY: Blackpool 1sts' Rachel Houghton and Lytham 2nds' Rachel Casey fight for the ball
ACTION REPLAY: Blackpool 1sts' Rachel Houghton and Lytham 2nds' Rachel Casey fight for the ball
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THERE were mixed fortunes for Blackpool ladies’ hockey teams at the weekend.

The first team lost 2-0 to Lytham 2nds, who need a win to guarantee their Premiership survival.

Lytham were well on top from the off, but were denied an early goal by some excellent saves from the Blackpool keeper.

However, Lytham did take the lead with a well-worked short corner which Alix Townsend deflected in.

Blackpool responded by creating some good chances but excellent saves from Lytham’s Eleni Cullen kept her side ahead.

The game became more open and good defending from Hannah Hesketh and Alex Lord kept Blackpool out.

Lytham sealed victory when Townsend hit the post, but the ball rebounded to Harley Greene, who drove it home.

Blackpool Ladies 2nds had two games at Lancaster University.

The first clash saw the team come up against an extremely strong Lancaster 3rds team, losing 5-0. Player of the game was Amy Partington.

In the second encounter, the University team started well but the Blackpool defence managed to contain them, with Katie Barker making some excellent saves.

Blackpool began to compete with team captain and star player on the day Samantha Wilde taking control in midfield,

After a goalless first half, Blackpool started the second half with a flourish, with Christy Martin and Rachael Houghton creating lots of chances, and it was Christy who opened the scoring.

Then Houghton secured a 2-0 victory with a fine individual goal.

Blackpool third team hit six against Clitheroe IV at Stanley Park.

Danni Wiggans opened the scoring early on, and by half-time Blackpool were 3-0 to the good.

A further three goals in the second half, and fine performances from Taegan O’Hara and Emily Copp, secured victory.

n LYTHAM ladies lost 1-0 at home to Springfield Ladies 2nds, whose victory saw them promotion to the North League.

Keeper Claire Turner in goal made some excellent saves before Springfields scored in the first half from a deflected shot at a penalty corner.

In the second half, Turner was forced to retire hurt following a diving save and was replaced by Jane Evans.

Player of the match was Heather Cadd.

Lytham can still win some silverware and take on Preston 2nds in the semi-final of the Caley Trophy on Saturday (Stanley Park, 2.30pm).