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Hockey: Opener woe for City of York Hockey Club men against Preston
10:32am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
A DAUNTING start to the new North League premier division proved just that for City of York Hockey Club men’s first team.
They were pitched into an opener at Preston, who had dropped from the national division above, so it was always going to be a mighty ask for the men in red, who finally lost 5-2.
From the outset, York were indebted to goalkeeper and captain Jon Chappell who made several top-drawer saves.
However, the pressure eventually told, Preston scoring three times in a ten-minute blitz to lead 3-0 at the interval.
York improved vastly after the break and started to apply strenuous pressure.
A short corner goal was superbly finished by overseas player, Maciek Wieczorek from Poland.
The visitors converted again soon after with Wieczorek and Alex Cockram combining well down the right to supply Richard Cockram with an opportunity he cooly slotted away.
Cockram and Wieczorek were pulling the strings in midfield and were unlucky not to convert further opportunities.
But against the run of play Preston were awarded a penalty stroke. However, the impressive Chappell dived to his right to deflect the effort away.
With the score at 3-2 York were pushing hard for the equaliser, but that left them exposed and Preston pilfered a brace of goals in the final ten minutes.
City of York II got their Yorkshire League premier division campaign off to a flier by beating visitors Sheffield Hallam 5-3.
But there was no success in Yorkshire division two for City of York III, who lost 2--0 to visitors Lincoln I.
Lincoln forced York into early defending which was dealt with well by the back three of Chris Scoffield, Hugh Richards and debutant Joe Moisley.
York too created chances, but Lincoln were foiled three times in one-on-one attacks by goalkeeper Brian Ignjatovic.
The opening exchanges of the second half proved end to end, York coming closest to breaking the deadlock through Tim Lister and Jonathan Kilmartin.
But despite the continued defiance of man of the match Ignjatovic and his back-line, Lincoln struck the first goal midway through the second half.
York responded well and continued to show fight and could have easily taken the lead, let alone bagged an equaliser, but for wastefulness in front of goal.
The points were sealed for the visitors when they swept in a short corner seven minutes from full-time.
In division three, City of York IV recovered from a calamitous opening 20 minutes in which they conceded four goals to hosts Halifax II, to regroup and share the points with plunder shared by Danny Vaughan (2), Zach Moore and Greg Sykes.
City of York V won their division four north duel against City of York VI 5-0, while hosts City of York VII perished 6-1 to Airedale II in a division five encounter The division six meeting between City of York VIII and City of York IX was called off because the latter did not turn up.
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