Hockey: Advance ambition fires up City of York clan

First published in Sport

CITY of York Hockey Club men’s I have truly upped their game.

That’s the view of their first team coach Martin Parrott as he praised his side’s form this season in the North League premier division.

Parrott is now looking for them to kick on for the rest of the campaign, their second in the top tier of the North League.

Parrott said: “The team’s been good this season. They have been far more consistent and have played well against most teams.”

Parrott’s team stayed up by the skin of their teeth last season after securing a 3-3 draw against Formby which kept them in the division by one point.

This time, however, the side are not merely looking to survive, with the coach stating: “Our aim for this season is to progress up the table.

“It’s been a good year this year and progression is what we’ve got to focus on.”

Parrott has also noticed a change in his side’s game, adding: “Last year we struggled to score, now we’re one of the top scorers in the league but at the same time have conceded more than most so it’s been exciting for the supporters.”

Like most sports, hockey has suffered significant disruption from the weather in recently.

Although not too many matches have been missed, it has brought other problems for the team.

Parrott said: “We’ve really struggled to train. We were able to use an indoor facility the other week but apart from that we really haven’t had the chance to train.

“We even had to organise a training match to make sure the team didn’t lose much match practice.”

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