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Hockey: City of York firsts slip closer to relegation from premier division
11:30am Tuesday 11th February 2014 in Sport
RELEGATION-THREATENED City of York men’s I crashed to a 3-1 defeat at home to Alderley Edge in the North Hockey League premier division.
The Huntington School-based side are now 11 points adrift at the foot of the table with only six games remaining.
A good start from the home side was erased when Alderley Edge then converted a clear-cut chance.
York soon hit back when a driving run and pin-point reverse stick pass from Alex Cockram found Maciek Wieczorek unmarked in the circle and he rounded the ’keeper to score.
York should have been ahead at half-time but a number of chances went begging, notably when Alex Cockram found Chris Wilson and the ’keeper knocked it round a post.
Alderley Edge regained the lead when a short corner resulted in a well struck reverse stick shot.
York continued to push in the second half and won a penalty stroke after the ball hit an Alderley player when bound for the net.
Rich Jenkin’s stroke was scuffed and the goalkeeper saved easily.
Alderley were then awarded a controversial goal when a forward slid through the back of defender Jenkin to deflect the ball off his arm and past the ’keeper.
Protests resulted in a ten minute yellow card for Jenkin.
City of York II crashed to a heavy 8-1 defeat at promotion- chasing Driffield in the Yorkshire League premier division.
The hosts had won their last eight games, but City started well and should have taken an immediate lead when they swept forward only for Pat Herriott’s shot to be saved.
Another good chance went begging for City before Driffield forged into a 2-0 half-time lead.
A loose ball led to the third goal and Driffield added a fourth before City pulled a goal back with 15 minutes left when Dan Ellwood fired home from a tight angle.
Five minutes later Ellwood was yellow carded for dissent, and the hosts plundered four further goals.
City of York III threw away a three goal lead as they crashed 4-3 to Worksop I in division two.
York led 3-0 after 20 minutes, with man of the match Matt Horn opening the scoring five minutes into his debut. Some fine two touch passing between Mark Moisley, Tim Lister and Chris Dutton allowed Dutton to score a well-taken goal.
Alex Herriot’s short corner strike brilliantly beat the ’keeper to make it 3-0, but Worksop hit back with two quick goals at the end of the half.
The first was deflected in and the second was a drag flick finish after a short corner. Another short corner after the break saw Worksop level and, after Herriott and an opponent were yellow carded, the hosts scored a controversial winner.
An attacker latched on to a loose ball and, despite kicking it two or three times, was allowed to play on and round the ’keeper.
City of York IV let slip an early lead as they went down 5-2 at home to Sheffield University Bankers V in division three.
York deservedly went ahead through Nick Phillips, only to concede a sloppy goal minutes later.
York then failed to convert their chances and went into the break 3-1 down. Phil Hughes got the score back to 3-2, but Sheffield scored twice in the last five minutes.
In division four north, City of York V beat Harrogate III 3-2.
After falling behind, Chris Allerton and Andrew Brewster put York ahead. Harrogate equalised but York conjured a winner midway through the second half with a neat finish from Allerton.
City of York VII enjoyed a resounding 11-0 win at Huddersfield Dragons V in division five north.
Man of the match Jack Harrington, who is only 14, scored five goals, Richard Tanner-Smith and Freddie Vahey scored twice, and there were also goals by James Gibbon and Sam Wilks.
City of York VIII were edged out 4-3 at Harrogate V in division six north.
York started the match a man short and conceded two early goals.
Reinforcements helped to swing the game back to the away side, and a brace by returning striker Alex Triffitt and a close-range finish by Andy Dent – all in a ten-minute burst – put York 3-2 up at half-time.
Harrogate bossed the second half and got the winner in the last minute.
A late goal denied City of York Badgers a victory over Bradford.
Ben Mould and Jack Fletcher netted for York.