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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Double success for Windermere hockey men

WINDERMERE completed a double-header of victories to extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches.

After two blank weekends because of bad weather, the runaway leaders extended their advantage at the top of North West Men’s Division Three North with wins over Keswick West Cumbria and Lytham.

Windermere 3 Keswick W Cumbria 1

ARCH-RIVALS Keswick found themselves under immediate pressure at Windermere as the hosts looked to continue their winning streak.

However, some misplaced passes actually gave the visitors an early chance from a short corner, which was fired just wide.

Mere were quick to respond as Dom Quill found front man Harry Jackson, who linked with Steve Heyns before rounding the keeper to score.

Keswick came back as skipper Tom Morgan fired into the D and the ball took a deflection off a defender to beat a stranded keeper and level the scores.

Windermere had a penalty flick saved by the visiting keeper before a midfield shake-up brought instant success – Jackson beating several players and feeding Matt Hartnett at the back post for their second.

Hartnett made the result certain late in the game with a third goal from a Liam Derome pass to make it 13 from 13.

Windermere 5 Lytham 2nds 1

WINDERMERE scored twice in the opening five minutes, through Richard Jackson and Heyns, to set the tone in victory over Lytham.

The visitors eventually settled to their task, but after winning a short corner, went further behind as Mere took a quick hit out to Mike Hodgson, who passed to Liam Derome. He passed the ball into the D, where it was slotted away by Tom Dolman.

The second half followed a similar pattern as Windermere pressed hard and Lytham tried to come back at them.

The visitors got one goal back with a deflection off the keeper’s pads, but further Mere strikes from Heyns and Will Dolman ended the contest.

With eight games to go, Windermere now hold a six-point advantage over second-placed Lancaster University, who they meet in a crucial fixture at the start of March. Mere’s next game sees them play South Lakes on Saturday.

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