Oldham Ladies 0 Wilmslow Ladies 5

WILMSLOW Hockey Club women's team are back on top of their league after inflicting a first defeat of the season on Oldham.

A tight affair was expected, and only secured a 1-0 win in the last three minutes at Oldham last season, but Wilmslow had this victory secure by half time.

The talk at the break was to focus on ignoring the 3-0 scoreline and continue to play at a pace which the opposition were struggling to cope with.

It worked a treat as Wilmslow sealed the success in their continued push for promotion.

For the opening goal, lovely interplay between Honey Dickinson and Lindsay Rachubka high up the pitch presented an opportunity which Carla Botha was never going to miss.

Not long after reliable midfielder Annika Hall grabbed her first goal of the season with a lovely reverse into the bottom corner after evading numerous challenges.

Captain Charlotte Kelman, also getting her name on the scoresheet for the first time this season, then scored with an accurate shot that just evaded the opposition keeper's outstretched leg.

In the second half Wilmslow continued to look dangerous on every foray into the opposing 23.

Excellent play by Botha returned the favour to Lindsay Rachubka, who converted her ninth goal in six games.

Charlie Westbrook-Platts finished a clever short-corner routine to complete the scoring.

Wilmslow's seconds beat Runcorn 1-0 in a hard-fought physical game to go third on the ladder.

The thirds were back to their best with a 5-0 win at Triton's seconds to stay top. The fourths won 5-1 at Crewe Vagrants to also go top of the table.

Wilmslow's fifths lost 15-1 at Colwyn Bay, who are runaway league leaders averaging over 10 goals per game.