BATTLING City of York men’s I came from behind to seal a 1-1 draw with Brooklands MU II in the North Hockey League premier division.
The visitors started well at Huntington School, but City of York man of the match Luke Staverley produced some fantastic last-ditch tackles to keep them at bay.
After York lost the ball in attack, Brooklands countered to score late in the first half.
York looked bright after the interval and, with Brooklands tiring, Ben Bull and Stuart Smythe got the hosts on the front foot.
The equaliser came from a penalty corner flick by Mike Carter but, despite some strong last-minute attacks, York had to settle for a well-earned draw.
City of York II maintained their 12-point advantage at the top of Yorkshire League division one after a 4-1 win at bottom side Ramgarhia I.
The hosts started strongly, forcing a series of penalty corners, but the York defence held firm and they took the lead with a superb team goal.
Roz Ramli started the move at the back and two-touch hockey saw York sweep up the pitch, where captain Alex Fletcher’s precise cross was touched home by debutant Matt Hays.
Late in the half, Fletcher again set up Hays to double the lead.
Midway through the second half, man of the match Hays completed his hat-trick, before Fletcher got on the scoresheet himself.
In the final five minutes, Ramgarhia grabbed a consolation, scoring a rebound from a penalty corner after the initial effort had been blocked.
City of York III were 4-3 winners over Ben Rhydding III in division two.
After some smart saves from ’keeper Brian Ignjatovic, York took the lead from a short corner as Ben Foster smashed the ball in.
Ben Rhydding grabbed a deserved equaliser before half-time and, after York regained the lead when Tim Lister scored at the second attempt, they quickly pulled level again.
The pattern continued as York scored a third after a scramble in the opposition ‘D’, Mark Moisley flicking the ball into the net.
Entering the last ten minutes, Ben Rhydding again got an equaliser after a quick break.
However, with five minutes to go, York managed to grab the winner after a superb run down the left from man of the match Tim Lister teed up Chris Dutton, who netted with a flick high into the net.
Hugh Richards, Rob Chamberlin and Nick Thompson all played well on their debuts.
A late goal consigned City of York IV to a 2-1 defeat at Tadcaster I in division three.
Both sides had chances before Tadcaster took the lead in the first half, but York levelled midway through the second period when Barry Legg stole the ball in midfield and put Zach Moore through on goal.
With five minutes remaining, a Tadcaster player was not penalised for kicking the ball in midfield. Some of the York players stopped expecting a free hit, but Tadcaster played on and scored the winning goal.
City of York V claimed a 4-1 home win over Ben Rhydding V in division five north.
York started slowly but gradually took control with first-half goals from Nick Carter and Sam Blackburn.
After half-time another well executed short corner from Carter and a conversion from Mark Moisley sealed the win before Rhydding got a goal back.
A weekend double header brought a win and a defeat for City of York VI in division five north.
City lost 3-1 at Leeds V on Saturday, with Rob Abell scoring from a well struck penalty corner after his side had slipped 3-0 behind in the first half.
The following day, the sixths despatched University of York III 4-0.
City were forced to play 11 outfield players in a power-play due to ’keeper Dave Horn’s late arrival from a veterans’ game.
In that time, they took the lead from a penalty corner, turned in by James Wallis on the near post.
Joe Ball doubled the lead before half-time with a flicked shot on the far post.
Will Broadbent flicked the third past the outstretched ’keeper and then the goal of the game came from James Hogg, who latched on to a fine pass from Keith Wilson and scored with a cool finish.
In division seven, City of York VIII crashed 3-1 to Slazengers IV.
Slazengers led 2-0 at half-time and, although Danny Vaughan pulled a goal back from a penalty corner routine, Slazengers scored a third from a goalmouth scramble.
City of York IX were thumped 8-0 by Boston Spa IV in the same division.
Although the result was never in doubt, York had two goals disallowed and had several near misses from penalty corners.
City of York X earned a well-deserved 3-1 victory over Airedale.
Despite York spending most of the first half in Airedale’s ‘D’, and attempting five or six short corners, it was goalless at half-time.
York kept up the pressure in the second half and were finally rewarded when Andrew Hyams scrambled in a goal after a Jack Harrington strike.
Morgan Thomas doubled York’s lead a few minutes later and, although Airedale pulled a goal back in the last five minutes, Hyams sealed the win with a goal from a long feed from Sam Engleman.
Guest ’keeper Peter Harrington made a couple of key saves to play his part in a victory that kept York at the top of the table.