HOCKEY: Paul is Park's saviour

3:22pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

By Andrew Simpson

Winnington Park 3 Lytham St Anne's 3

WINNINGTON Park salvaged a draw on Saturday thanks to Paul Stackhouse’s late strike.

The hosts almost opened the scoring after five minutes when Peter Evans thundered a shot against the frame of the goal before Mike Dodd shot tamely at the goalkeeper.

Lytham converted twice from penalty corners to establish a two-goal lead, a deficit halved when Tom Hughes charged down an attempted clearance and the ball ricocheted into the visitors’ goal.

A superb save from Andy Palin prevented the seasiders adding to their advantage, only for Danny Moores to block a shot with a forearm to concede a penalty stroke.

However Park’s net-minder swatted away the resulting flick, an intervention followed moments later by Dodd scampering clear to restore parity at 2-2.

Lytham edged ahead again following another penalty corner routine before Hughes unselfishly squared for Stackhouse to smuggle in Winnington’s third goal from close range.

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