Promotion hopes are hit

Becky Vale defending
Becky Vale defending
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BLACKPOOL Ladies’ first and second teams both saw their promotion chances hit by 2-1 defeats.

The senior side faced Lancashire Central premier leaders Lancaster Seconds at Stanley Park, where player of the game Lauren Burrell scored the Blackpool goal,

Becky Worthington puts the Lancaster keeper under pressure

Becky Worthington puts the Lancaster keeper under pressure

They were unable to force a draw despite fine performances by Lucy Woods in midfield and Alex Hastie in defence.

The seconds were hit by Illness away to Witton Warriors, where Lynsey Shewin went in goal for the division one encounter.

Blackpool also played the first 15 minutes with only nin players and. defended seven consecutive short corners in the first 10 minutes without conceding.

Ironically, it was when they had a 10th player on the field that Witton took the lead with a deflected shot. Witton made their extra player count to add a second before half-time.

Blackpool’s Vicky Waddington (player of the game), Deb Wilson and Laura Buckley all defended well under pressure.

Blackpool created chances in the second half and were rewarded when Emily Copp cut in from the left to present Mairead Lucas with a tap-in.

Blackpool pressed in the last few minutes but were unable to find the equaliser. The Blackpool Thirds were beaten 8-0 by Lancaster Fourths in division three.

Six down at half-time, Blackpool’s player of the game Vicky Hives and Chloe Mallinson did well to deny Lancaster more goals in the second half. Beth Ashworth also played well.

n Lytham Ladies made a wasted journey to Mossley Hill to find a frozen pitch.

The Second team faced Lancaster & Morecambe’s senior side with just 11 players and were beaten 4-1.

Liz Hodgson and Penny Pemberton worked hard in midfield, with Chelsea Atkinson and Livvy Hawtin creating chances.

Lytham gained penalty corners but couldn’t make them pay, while their opponents scored twice in quick succession to lead 2-0 at half-time. Rachel Casey and Heidi Williams impressed in the second half but L&M moved 4-0 ahead.

Lytham played on with two players injured and played their best hockey in the closing stages. They were rewarded with a goal by Atkinson after a quick one-two between Casey and Williams.

Lytham Thirds started strongly against Windermere as Eliza Parr, Megan Wildish and Millie Foley all passed well. However, the visitors led at half-time despite good defending by Fran Warren and Chloe Fletcher.

Windermere sealed a 2-0 win against the run of play in the second half after Lytham’s keeper was forced off injured.

Lytham put on an excellent team display and were unlucky not to score on several breaks. Windermere, however, made the most of their opportunity and went into half time a goal up.

Wildish played solidly, and player of the match Fletcher defended magnificently.