Well-earned win keeps Lytham top

Blackpool keeper Nick Rainbow
Blackpool keeper Nick Rainbow
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LYTHAM Hockey Club stayed top of North Hockey League Division Two West with a well-earned home victory over Liverpool Sefton.

The visitors were well-organised and took the lead against the run of play mid-way through the first half, the goal being caused by a defensive mix-up.

During half-time coach Gerrie De Beer encouraged Lytham to keep playing their fast-flowing hockey as the goals would come as the game opened up in the second half.

Lytham couldn’t believe their luck when Sefton extended their lead early in the second half as LSA continued to dominate possession.

The break through came from Andy Robinson with a well-taken goal from close range.

Robinson then equalised with a superb reverse stick shot as Lytham’s superior fitness and skill eventually started to show.

The winning goal came from Lytham’s reliable penalty corner routine as Alex Evans superbly deflected the ball into the roof of the net to make sure Lytham took all three points.

On Saturday Lytham face a tough trip to the Wirral to take on second place Bebbington,

Lytham may well be without their captain Keith Stone who has sustained a broken bone in his hand for the second time in three months.

Lytham St Annes second team won 2-1 at Carlisle, their first away victory of the season.

Goals from Ray Anderson and Tom Evans ensured that LSA climbed off the bottom of North West Division Three.

The Lytham fourth team lost 2-0 away to Leigh.

Ten-man Lytham put up a spirited performance against league leaders Leigh.

The game was scoreless at half -time but Leigh took the lead in the second half and a further goal sealed their victory.

Keeper Joe Craig and Mark Green did well in the Lytham defence.