BURY Hockey Club’s ladies’ first team had the result of the weekend as they fired nine unanswered goals past Oldham 2s.

Charlotte Bates and Lorna Wroe continued their fine goalscoring form with two apiece, Liv Barber continued her renaissance with a brace of her own with Emma Bailey, Lilly Furse and Beth Topping completing the scoring.

Bailey thundered a strike from a short corner so hard that it rebounded off the backboard and cleared the D by some distance while Furse showed her growing confidence with an audacious chip over the ‘keeper as she continues her development.

It was the perfect way for the ladies to rebound in Division One of the Greater Manchester Hockey League after defeat against Heaton last time out.

The seconds had a league and cup double header, first going down fighting 3-1 to Wigan who are pushing for promotion from Division Two this season.

They then faced Moss Park 1s, from the division above in the cup but could not resist them for the full 70 minutes as the Manchester side ran out 5-1 winners.

Stand-in ‘keeper Joy Kennedy made some fine saves as they kept the score down.

The ladies third team continued their resurgence with a 4-2 win over Stockport in Division Three.

As for the men, the first team suffered a second straight loss in Division One North of the North West Hockey League, this time going down to City of Manchester.

While CoM didn’t have a shot in open play, they finished two short corners in the second half to condemn Bury to a disappointing loss.

There were some positives to take as Bury began to play in the last 20 minutes, but ill-discipline from senior members of the team to umpires and team-mates alike marred an already bleak day.

City of Manchester completed the double over Bury with victory in the meeting of the seconds in a top of the table clash in Division Four North South, running out 5-3 winners.

The Manchester side raced into a two-goal lead but despite missing several players including top scorer Ricky Aspinall, brought things back to 2-2 thanks to a brace from Danny Quin. 

City’s heads dropped but they were handed a chance to regroup at half-time.

They did just that with two quick goals past Chris Goldsbrough putting them back in command. 

Samit Ghosh nipped in at the back post to reduce the arrears with an improvised reverse stick finish, but it was not to be for Bury as an impressive finish at the near post following a half-cleared short corner handed Manchester a decisive.

Bury remain top of the league however with a vastly superior goal difference.