Rare defeat for Pendle Forest

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Pendle Forest suffered only a second defeat of the season at derby rivals Clitheroe on Saturday.

Clitheroe took the lead after 10 minutes from close range after a goalmouth scramble, but Forest equalised shortly after when, from a short corner, Olivia Bythell flicked the ball goalbound for Dani Hornby to slot home at the back post.

Just before the half-time whistle Clitheroe scored again by stretching the defence.

Goalkeeper Laura Kendall made two fantastic saves, but the Clitheroe forward edged the ball over the line.

Forest fought back, with Deb Bythell controlling the midfield, but were unable to convert any chances before a Clitheroe breakaway ended in the ball hitting the top corner of the net.

Helga Thellawalla, in the Forest defence, made an error that allowed Clitheroe to score again, but Forest didn’t give up, and Hornby scored her second with a straight strike from a short corner.

The game ended with a fine last goal from the Clitheroe centre Fforward on her reverse stick.

Tomorrow sees Forest travel to Garstang.

The seconds beat Garstang 7-1, with Judith Hind scoring a hat-trick. Janet Mitchell-Stanworth, Natalie Mitchell, Millie Stansfield and Rachel Bradley were also on target.

Cath Hutchinson hit a hat-trick as Pendle Forest thirds won at Windermere.

Forest took the lead after a free hit on the left by captain Diane McInnes was sent to Hutchinson, and she dribbled into the D and slipped the ball through the keeper’s legs.

After the break, Hutchinson was tackled,but the ball fell to Emma Ziegloser, who fired the ball goalwards, where a Windermere foot stopped the ball on the line. A penalty flick was awarded and Hutchinson, despite the keeper getting a hand to the ball, converted.

In the last five minutes, from a penalty corner, McInnes hit out to Ziegloser, who squared to Hutchinson, to score at the second attempt.