South Lakes men claimed a very creditable 2-2 draw at Leyland and Chorley in Division Two North of the North West League last Saturday, becoming the first team to take points off their hosts this season.

Leyland and Chorley had begun the campaign full of goals, but Lakes were more than a match for them and their display will have done wonders for their confidence.

Goals from Alec Gaydon and Patrick Eayton-Morris, who also struck in their draw at home to Horwich the previous week, eventually rewarded their performance.

Lakes are on the road again this weekend, as they head to St Helens, looking for their first win of the season.

It wasn’t such a successful day for South Lakes ladies, as they went down 5-2 at Leyland and Chorley in West Division Three North of the North League to leave them with just one point from their opening three games.

In the Premier Division of the Lancashire Central League, Windermere ladies 1st XI were held to a frustrating 4-4 draw at home to Pendle Forest 3rd XI.

A brace of goals by both player-of-the-match Kitty Carr and Kitty Brownell gave Mere a great platform for victory but an injury to midfield dynamo Hannah Clark reduced them to just ten players.

Pendle used that advantage to bounce back with a well-taken penalty corner and three breakaway goals to share the spoils.

Windermere men’s 1st XI are still to get off the mark in Division Two West of the North League after they were defeated 3-1 at Alderley Edge 2nd XI.

Mere started the game the brighter team and opened the scoring through Archie Dalzell, as he converted Seb Flint’s cut-back following some excellent work by captain Adam Whitehead.

However, Alderley equalised right on the stroke of half-time before dominating the second half, with ‘keeper Rob Curme having to make a string of outstanding saves to keep the hosts down to three.

A youthful Windermere men’s 2nd XI picked up a comfortable 2-0 away win at Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XI in Division Four North North of the North West League to make it two wins out of two for the new season.

Orran Brownell and Felix Perez-Brown struck for Mere, who fielded nine players under 18, with more than half of those aged under 15.