A DOUBLE from Will Dolman helped Windermere Men secure their first win of the season in North League Division Two West as they overcame Lytham St Annes 3-1.

Short passes, two-touch hockey and lots of running underpinned their success and it was skipper Dolman who got them off the mark when he broke in the circle and slotted a ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

He then doubled Mere’s lead with a signature drag flick from a short corner and Adam Whitehead followed up an uncleared ball to extend his side’s lead.

Mere gifted Lytham a goal with a pass straight to their centre-forward in the second half, but then did what was needed to close out the game and take all three points.

The victory has lifted Windermere above the relegation places and they aim to climb further up the table when they face Liverpool University at the Lakes School this Saturday (1pm pushback).

Windermere Ladies lost 3-1 at home to Fylde 3 in the Lancashires Central League Premier Division.

Both teams created chances before Fylde went ahead with a rising shot from the edge of the circle and then added a second after a strong drive down the pitch outflanked the home defence.

Fylde pressure had Mere on the backfoot and they won a penalty stroke when a ball was stopped on the line by a Windermere foot. Goalkeeper Maisie Prescott saved brilliantly and a reinvigorated Mere won a short corner at the other end, where Sally Harrison converted a well-practised routine to pull one back

But Fylde managed to keep the pressure on for a cleverly taken third goal and only a string of good saves by the Mere goalkeeper and stoic defending kept the score down.

Maisie Presscott was chosen as Mere’s players’ player of the match.

Windermere Men 2 moved up to fifth place in North West League Five North North and four points behind the leaders with a game in hand after defeating Lytham St Annes 2 2-0.

Rob Curme pulled off some impressive saves to keep Lytham at bay before men of the match Gonzalo Lucas and Rob Peckham began to make interceptions and passes out of pressure which gave Mere a platform to attack from.

After going close with several testing shots, Jamie Hill broke the deadlock with a reverse stick strike from the top of the D and then Teddy Ferguson fired on the turn to convert one of a series of great crosses.

A very young Windermere Ladies 2 team lost 7-2 to Penrith Development.