City of York Hockey Club beat Formby 3-1

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CITY of York Hockey Club men’s I picked up their fourth win from seven games in the North League premier division as they beat visitors Formby 3-1.

The home side opened the scoring after 15 minutes when a rare foray upfield by defender Paul Hemsley saw him unleash an unstoppable shot to give the opposition goalkeeper no chance. A few minutes later, Lee Cuffe doubled the advantage when another defender, Matt Redwood, also showed his attacking instincts.

He dispossessed an opponent and surged upfield before finding the unmarked Cuffe, who neatly deflected the ball over the ’keeper. Just before half-time skipper Chris Wilson had an effort disallowed for an offence in the build-up. In the second half, Formby changed their tactics and, despite some great saves by goalkeeper Jon Chappell and solid defending by Mike Gamble, Formby reduced the arrears from a penalty corner. City of York then suffered a couple of injuries, but that galvanised the team. Steve Paterson went close before Ben Bull scored the decisive third goal. Rich Cockram was unlucky not to crown a superb performance with a goal.

City of York II remain top of Yorkshire League division one despite being held to a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Dragons II.

York started brightly and took the lead through Dan Ellwood’s penalty corner, but several opportunities to increase the lead were spurned.

York got off to the worst possible start in the second half, when Huddersfield pulled a goal back and then took the lead.

York levelled when Ellwood scored his second from another penalty corner.

City of York III edged to a 2-1 victory over Leeds III in division two.

Leeds took the lead against the run of play, but five minutes later a scramble in the ‘D’ saw the ball drop to Chris Bolt, who calmly slotted into an open net.

Midway through the second half, Matt Hays found himself alone at the back post and his calm reverse-stick shot secured all three points.

A 2-1 win over Leeds moved City of York IV out of the division three relegation zone.

Greg Sykes put York on the road to their first win of the season, firing in from the edge of the area.

Sykes made it 2-0 from a short corner before half-time and they saw the game out despite conceding a goal in the second half.

Brendon Plant and Dave Dick were impressive for York. Unbeaten City of York V beat fellow high-fliers Leeds 4-3 in division five north.

An early goal from Barry Legg was just reward for a storming start and Lewis Inman made it 2-0. A fine strike from Pete Richardson made it 3-0 after half-time.

Leeds got two back before Josh Longster diverted a cross into the net. Although Leeds scored a third, York held on to take the points.

Also in division five north, City of York VI shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw at Ben Rhydding fifths.

After a blank first half, York pressed fiercely and pressure paid off when a penalty corner was dispatched by Richard Tanner-Smith with less then ten minutes to go.

But despite starring displays from James Wallis and Andy Grey, the hosts escaped to nab a late leveller.

Honours were even in the division six north derby between City of York VII and Acomb 2nd XI.

Both went into the duel on 12 points from six games, but they could not be separated.

A York short-corner gained the lead when Pat Birch traded passes with Harry Heyes, who scored. But just before half-time the Tangerines levelled. After the break both sides failed to take clear openings.

Early good form has deserted City of York VIII, who lost 5-3 in division seven to Boston Spa.

After going 2-0 down, York countered strongly with goals from Rich Robson, Will Bowen and Danny Vaughan.

But an equaliser was yielded within minutes of Vaughan’s strike and from then on Boston hit a brace of unanswered goals.

Division seven table-toppers Slazengers were too strong for City of York IX, who were beaten 4-0.

City of York Badgers development team posted a comfortable 4-0 triumph over Bradford to avenge a defeat in the sesason’s opening game.

Once Sam Engleman lifted a ball into the net after a first-half scramble, York were always in control and underlined their supremacy with further goals from Andrew Hyams, Ben Mould and James Fitton.

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