Hockey: Acomb snatch play-off place

City of York III’s Ben Foster, above left, gets away from a Huddersfield opponent

City of York III’s Ben Foster, above left, gets away from a Huddersfield opponent

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CITY of York men's III face an anxious wait to see if they will be relegated from division two after closing their Yorkshire Hockey League campaign with a 3-1 home defeat by Huddersfield Dragons II.

League officials have yet to decide whether two or three sides will drop down to division three and York went into their final game needing at least a draw to stay above the Dragons.

The defeat means they finish third from bottom, 16 points clear of the bottom two.

York won a couple of early short corners but Ben Foster was twice denied by the Huddersfield keeper.

Huddersfield opened the scoring on 25 minutes when a wayward York pass found a Dragons forward who charged into the 'D' and teed up a team-mate.

Five minutes later another defensive error saw a quick Huddersfield break and the strike into the 'D' found another forward who redirected the ball over keeper Brian Ignjatovic.

Ignjatovic denied the opposition in the early stages of the second period and they fought back when man of the match Andrew Pooley produced a brilliant bit of individual skill to take on three Huddersfield players, storm in to the 'D' and beat the keeper.

As York pressed for an equaliser, the Dragons broke to score a third with two minutes remaining.

City of York IV went down 7-3 at home to Leeds Gryphons IV in division three.

Russell Bowry (2) and Greg Sykes were the York scorers.

Two first half goals from Matt Todd and one in the second period from Pete Richardson earned City of York V a 3-0 win at Mirfield I in division four north.

In the same division, City of York VI lost 2-0 to champions Bradford University I.

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