WINDERMERE Men lost ground in their bid for promotion from NW Division 6 North when they lost 2-1 to Didsbury Northern 4s in Manchester on Saturday.

Injuries and unavoidable absences forced Windermere to field half a team of juniors and, valiantly though they tried, they could not quite match Didsbury's senior line-up.

Windermere made the best possible start when Jordan Field deflected a hard driven Neil Moysey ball into the roof of the home side's goal, after just three minutes.

But Didsbury hit back with a well-worked move down the right. The ball was crossed to the middle of the D and slotted home with style. Then, in the second half, thy scored what turned out to be the winner from a penalty corner.

Jake Sanders did well on his first team debut for Windermere and Will Dolman had another fine game in midfield.

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees Windermere taking on Liverpool Sefton Men's 3s at the Lakes School pitch (1pm pushback).

JAKE Sanders scored a hat-trick in Windermere 2nd's 6-1 Sunday Association victory over Keswick & West Cumbria 4ths, including a super strike at a penalty corner. Ed Evans, Stuart Morgan and Joel Clark were also on target but the home side's man of the match was undoubtedly Steve Gibson, who was simply outstanding in midfield.