There was only one home game for Keswick Hockey Club's second-team, taking centre stage against Formby.

They scored after only three minutes and led 4-1 at half-time but could only find one more goal in the second half without reply.

It all started so well with Charlie Goodwin scoring by cleverly putting the ball between the advancing visiting keeper’s legs.

Keswick were soon in control of the match with Ross Wright and Steve Salveson running at the opposition defence, and not letting them settle into any sort of rhythm.

With Keswick making all the running, it was the Formby keeper who managed to keep them in the game, saving well from Paul Sloan after nine minutes, and Salveson after 16 minutes.

He was unable to deny the increasingly influential Sloan, however, as the Keswick player beat him at the near post, and the resultant shot also beat the two Formby players on the line.

The visiting keeper was well beaten again on 26 minutes as Wright shot home from just inside the D.

Straight from the restart, Formby had one of their rare attacks and, although Keswick’s keeper Dave Harris was able to parry the shot, Ivan Esterson was on hand to turn the ball into the net to give Fomby some hope.

That setback proved to be only a minor one as it didn’t affect the way Keswick were playing and, on 29 minutes, Salveson made a diagonal run across the goal and turned the ball back behind the stranded keeper to make it 4-1 at half-time.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Sloan driving his team forward through his good runs from deep.

Ryan McCully and Charlie Goodwin looked to capitalise on some chances, only to be denied by the keeper or the post.

As the Formby defence tired, it was Goodwin whose strong runs caused problem after problem for them, again only to be denied by the keeper.

Twenty minutes into the half, it was Sloan who capped a good performance with his second goal, shooting through defenders legs to leave the keeper flat-footed.

There were a couple more chances for Keswick before the end, which they were unable to convert, but it was a convincing win nevertheless.