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Hockey: Never-say-die York Men fight back at Gateshead
11:24am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
BATTLING City of York Hockey Club men’s I twice came back from two goals down to snatch a 4-4 draw at Gateshead I in the North League premier division.
City of York, still looking for their first win of the season, were caught cold and conceded twice in the opening three minutes. However, the visitors got into gear and got two quick goals to level.
A composed finish by Richard Cockram got York on the scoresheet, after some good work by Chris Wilson won possession.
Maciek Wieczorek then converted York’s second goal from a well worked short corner.
Sloppy defence allowed Gateshead to hit two more goals in a five-minute period and they led 4-2 at the break.
York started to apply more pressure in the opposition half in the second period, although City goalkeeper Jonathan Chappell was called upon to rescue his side.
York were then rewarded for some positive attacking play when Mike Carter converted a short corner, his effort deflecting off the first runner and creeping inside a post.
With two minutes to go, some intricate passing opened up a gap in the Gateshead ‘D’.
The ball fell kindly for marauding centre-back Luke Staveley and his first-time shot was parried by the Gateshead goalkeeper for forward Alex Cockram to follow up and flick the ball into the roof of the net.
City of York II’s 13-match home winning streak came to an end as they crashed 5-2 to Leeds Gryphons III at Huntington School.
City struck first in the Yorkshire League premier division clash, when Alex Fletcher reacted quickly to a free-hit and expertly finished.
The students were soon level when a hopeful ball into the ‘D’ evaded the City defence to leave a simple finish at the back post.
York scored a superb team goal on the stroke of half-time when a clinical counter-attack saw Richard Chandler feed Dan Tompkins and he fired into the bottom corner.
York were unlucky not to extend their lead when a cross from Chandler eluded Freddie Heijbroek.
The visitors scored an equaliser when a shot was deflected in for an own goal, and they took the lead from a penalty corner. York were then hit on the break as the students added two more goals.
Two in-form teams clashed in division two as City of York III were edged out 2-1 at home to Wakefield III.
York bossed the opening 20 minutes of the match, but Wakefield took the lead from a short corner.
City of York equalised from a short corner, Jonathan Kilmartin brilliantly flicking the ball over the grounded ’keeper. Ben Foster had a short corner goal disallowed.
York struggled in the first ten minutes of the second half and they fell behind when a clearance was hit into a foot and Wakefield scored from the subsequent short corner.
As they went in search of an equaliser, York played their most fluid one-touch hockey of the season, but the Wakefield ’keeper made saves from Chris Bolt, Chris Dutton and Rob Chamberlin.
Bolt and man of the match Mark Moisley also went close.
Wakefield missed a penalty flick and York had a goal disallowed as the final pass to Chamberlin was deemed too dangerous.
In division three, City of York IV endured a 2-0 defeat at Tadcaster Magnets I.
Matt Todd, Sam Blackburn and Graham Cook scored for City of York V in their 8-3 defeat at Boston Spa II in division four north.
City of York VI were beaten 4-2 by Bradford II in the same division. John Doran and Pat Birch scored.
Andrew Wilson bagged a hat-trick as City of York VII beat Thirsk II 6-5 in division five north. York’s other scorers were Andy Potts, captain David Vaughan and Joel Wilson.
City of York VIII lost 3-2 to a well-drilled Boston Spa IV in division six north. Boston Spa led 1-0 at the break and they scored two further goals after the interval, with Adam Iyer and Richard Tanner-Smith replying for the hosts.
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