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Hockey: York firsts bounce back to claim Ben Rhydding share-all
10:37am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
CITY of York Hockey Club men’s I are still looking for their first win of the North League premier division campaign after a 1-1 home draw with Ben Rhydding I.
Meetings between the two sides have traditionally been close and the latest contest at Huntington School was no different.
York were happy for Ben Rhydding to control possession and, when they did break through, outstanding centre-back Luke Staveley cut out any chance of the ball reaching the visiting forwards.
York had the better chances in a goalless first half, hitting Rhydding on the break and narrowly missing a back post deflection.
The second half started with York applying more pressure and Richard Cockram saw his deflected effort hit a post with the ’keeper beaten after some fantastic skills by Maciek Wieczorek.
However, Rhydding drew blood first, hitting York on the break and creating an easy tap-in at the back post.
With only five minutes to go, quick thinking by Mike Carter created a four on two break.
One-touch passing between Carter and Alex Cockram ended with Danny Ellwood sliding in at the back post to convert the goal.
York travel to newly-promoted Gateshead on Saturday.
City of York II were beaten 4-2 at Ben Rhydding II in the Yorkshire League premier division.
Rhydding led 4-0 at the break and, despite a great second-half fightback, York had left themselves too much to do.
The visitors rattled the hosts with two early strikes. First, Dan Tompkins fed Pat Herriott on the left, who powered home into the bottom corner. Then man of the match Craig Ferguson crossed for Will Broadbent to deflect home.
York missed the chance to score a third as an opportunity was put wide at the back post.
City of York III opened their division two campaign in fine style, thrashing Huddersfield III 7-0.
Joe Lancaster scored with his first touch only 30 seconds into the match and defender Hugh Richards made it 2-0 at the break when he drilled a shot through the pads of the ’keeper to give York the 2-0 lead at half time.
York ’keeper Brian Ignjatovic made a couple of saves early in the second half before Chris Dutton scored a third from the top of the ‘D’.
Debutant Harry Heyes got on the scoresheet, then Dutton and Richards grabbed their second goals, and Rob Chamberlin rounded off the scoring.
Man of the match was Joe Moisley.
In division three, City of York IV were 2-1 home winners over Leeds Adel III.
York’s early pressure paid off when Russell Bowry was put into space and slotted the ball home.
Leeds drew level before the break, but York’s persistence was rewarded in the last ten minutes when Greg Sykes scored from a short corner.
City of York V crashed 8-2 at home to Bradford University in division four north.
Two second half goals helped City of York VI to a 3-1 win over Mirfield I in division four north.
City fell behind in the first half, but Henry Wilson exploited a gap in the Mirfield defence to level the game before half-time.
After the break, Wilson netted a second with a reverse stick effort before John Doran made sure of the points, converting from close range.
In division five north, City of York VII lost 3-1 at Leeds Adel IV, while Acomb II were 2-1 winners at home to Huddersfield Dragons IV.
Ten-man City of York VIII went down 5-1 at Tadcaster Magnets II in division six north.
Despite playing the entire match a man short, understrength York took the lead thanks to a fine individual goal by debutant Elliot Powell.
Tadcaster dominated after the break, although there were superb performances from Powell and David Cragg.
City of York IX have withdrawn from division six north.
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