CITY of York Ladies I remain undefeated in the North Hockey Women’s League division one, twice coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Newcastle University I.

York started strongly, making good turnovers in the attacking 25, but it was Newcastle who opened the scoring from a short corner.

The hosts began to apply heavy pressure through the middle, testing a resilient York side.

A Steph Wilkinson drive from the back allowed them to break – Hannah Smith played a great reverse into the ‘D’, and Laura Horne knocked in a scrappy but deserved equaliser.

A change in Newcastle’s formation at half-time seemed to catch York by surprise, and the defence found themselves under continuous pressure as the team adjusted.

Some incredible saves from keeper and player-of-the-match Ella Deighton kept York level, but the north-east side eventually capitalised with a great routine following a series of short corners.

At the other end, Lily Rowntree’s constant hassling meant the home defence was kept on their toes.

York were rewarded with an equaliser, as a drive from midfield was converted in the ‘D’ by Smith.

The away team were subjected to constant pressure from Newcastle, but rode it out to emerge with a well-deserved point.

The result means that the side now sit in second only two points behind leaders Pendle Forest, who have three wins from three.

They next face third-placed Ben Rhydding II, who are one point behind York, losing only to Pendle Forest so far this term.

City of York Ladies II failed to breach the visiting Dewsbury I defence in Yorkshire League premier division, as they lost 3-0.

A well-drilled Dewsbury team put the hosts under pressure from the pushback, and went into the break three goals to the good, converting from a short corner and twice from open play.

York came out the stronger in the second half, but could not find the back of the net.

City of York Ladies III won 2-1 at Huddersfield Dragons in division one, with Becky Hall and Liz Armitage scoring.

Abi Robinson was man of the match.

City of York Ladies IV lost their third game in a row in division two, going down 6-0 to a clinical Leeds III side.

York struggled to produce the final ball, and the pressure from the league leaders proved too much to contain.

Bethan Williams performed admirably in goal, however, making a series of good saves.

City of York Ladies V claimed their first win in division four north, winning 4-1 against the VI side at Huntington, with Rebecca Copperthwaite and Elspeth Livett scoring twice.

The sixths had first pushback, but the fifths got on the ball quickly, playing good passes and showing flair in the box, Copperthwaite soon bagging her brace.

Some excellent defending by the sixths from a short corner denied Desi Williams an effort on goal, but the ball found its way out to captain Livett, who struck to give the fifths a three-goal cushion.

Just before half-time, though, the sixths pulled one back from a short corner through Sarah Davies.

After the break, the fifths took advantage of a tired sixths side, and Livett netted again from a short corner.

High pressing and possession in attack from the fifths ensured that their goal remained largely untroubled until the final whistle.