Windermere stay top in seven-goal thriller after handing students a lesson in hockey

Windermere 4

Lancaster Univ 3

North West League Division Three North

WINDERMERE maintained their 100 per cent record with their ninth straight victory to move six points clear of their closest rivals Lancaster University in North West Division Three.

Mere began well and enjoyed a lot of midfield possession before Steve Heyns fired them ahead with a bottom corner strike from a penalty corner. Will Dolman then doubled their advantage by drag-flicking inside the left-hand post from another penalty corner.

Lancaster fought back by squeezing a ball through the Mere defence for their frontman to convert to make it 2-1 at half-time.

An equaliser followed after the break, but that only galvanised Mere into returning to their trademark, passing hockey and Matt Hartnett, Scott Santamera and Will Dolman all created chances before Keenan Quill found Steve Heyns, whose misplaced cross found the back of the net.

However, calamity struck five minutes from the end when Mere goalkeeper Andrew Darling misjudged a shot he thought had been hit outside the D as Lancaster made it all square at 3-3.

Undaunted, Mere pressed forward and, two minutes from time, striker Harry Jackson finally found space and slotted home the winner.

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Kendal 9

Didsbury North 4ths 4

Division Four North

KENDAL went into this fixture full of confidence following two impressive results last weekend and their confidence showed as after 15 minutes they found themselves 4–0 up with goals from Stanwith, Galloway, Smith and Davis.

But Didsbury fought back and two goals from set plays saw the visitors reduce the deficit.

A controversial third goal before half time from the Manchester side left the home team with much to think about at the break.

Kendal came out the better side and a second goal from Stanwith restored a comfortable margin for the hosts.

A delicate chip from Screen later in the half confirmed the three points for Kendal.

The away team managed a consolation fourth goal but it was Davis who added a seventh and two more goals from Galloway, including a clinical finish from a tight angle which sealed his hat-trick, earned the Greens a 9-4 win.

Meanwhile it was a bad weekend for both South Lakes sides. The first team lost 3-1 at home to Carlisle in Division Three, while Division Six leaders Leyland and Chorley picked the second team off with a comfortable 8-1 success.

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