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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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No formality for perfect Windermere

WINDERMERE made it a perfect 10 for their season with a hard-fought victory at Urmston.

The Mere men now sit three points clear at the top of North West Men’s Hockey League Division Three North as the season approaches its halfway point.

Their unblemished league record came under greater-than-expected pressure in West Manchester, where Urmston belied their position in the lower echelons of the table with a strong performance.

The home side scored the only goal of the first half and Mere’s woes were compounded by the loss of skipper Scott Santamera with a serious finger injury.

However, a change of formation to fully exploit the flanks was quickly rewarded in a second half which saw eight goals fly in at either end of the field.

The set-up to the first saw Harry Jackson find Matt Hartnett, whose shot rebounded off the keeper for Liam Derome to score.

Mere then took the lead through a well-taken Steve Johns strike, but Urmston drew level with a lucky deflection from a penalty corner to make it 2-2.

Keenan Quill put the visitors ahead once again from a penalty corner before Derome beat two players on the left and fed goal hungry Will Dolman, whose finish made it 4-2 and opened up some daylight between the sides.

However, Urmston bounced back again with a penalty stroke goal to make for some nervous moments.

Even a fifth Mere goal, scored by Derome, did not crush their spirit and they scored a fourth just before the final whistle, but by then Windermere had been assured of the points.

LEAGUE STANDINGS

PWDLFAPts

Windermere

10 10 0 0 41 11 30

Lancaster University

11 9 0 2 50 21 27

Blackpool

11 6 1 4 48 31 19

Didsbury Northern 3rds

11 6 1 4 34 19 19

Keswick West Cumbria

8 6 0 2 33 15 18

Carlisle

9 5 0 4 21 16 15

Preston 3rds

10 4 1 5 17 24 13

South Lakes

10 4 0 6 24 28 12

Mossley Hill

9 3 0 6 17 34 9

Urmston 2nds

11 2 1 8 21 57 7

Southport 2nds

10 1 1 8 17 42 4

Lytham St Annes 2nds

10 1 1 8 8 33 4

Results: Didsbury Northern 2 Blackpool 2, Lytham St Annes 0 Lancaster University 5, Urmston 4 Windermere 5.

Saturday’s Fixtures: Lytham St Annes v Keswick West Cumbria, Windermere v Carlisle, Preston v Blackpool, Southport v South Lakes, Urmston v Mossley Hill.

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