CITY of York men's first team are on course for their highest points tally in North Hockey League division one as they continued their good run with a 5-0 thrashing of Alderley Edge.
A poor performance and defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season was turned on its head as this time York put Alderley to the sword in their most accomplished display of term.
It was the perfect remedy for manager Mike Couttie, who was back after missing last week’s draw at Whitley Bay due to illness.
York's opening goal by Danny Ellwood resulted from well-worked passing between Tom Feasby and Freddie Heijbroek.
Then the quick-thinking Luke Ramli found Alex Cockram in the circle, and his pass across goal was deflected in by Heijbroek.
The Alderley keeper kept the score down to two at the interval but York continued strongly in the second half and soon had a third when Feasby found Ben Bull free in circle to fire home.
York converted a well-worked short corner routine - Cockram the provider for Anthony Bull to deflect home his first goal of the season - and the fifth came when Cockram found space on the left and played the ball across the circle for Bull to power home.
City of York II bagged only their second win of the division two east campaign, 2-1 at Doncaster II - thanks to debutant Elliot Walker's penalty save.
Rob Newton's reverse-stick push beat the keeper at the near post early on.
City lost Tim Lister, who needed hospital treatment after a Doncaster clearance was deflected into his face, but the team got a second goal when the in-form Tom Pyman bagged his first for the club.
City suffered a few let-offs before half-time, most notably when Donny hit the bar, and the hosts did score to set up a nervous final 15 minutes.
They were then awarded a harsh penalty but justice was done thanks to man-of-the-match Walker.
City of York II the next day won 2-1 at Belper 2s in the EH 2nd XI Plate.
Belper made a period of pressure pay with the opening goal.
But City had generally been on top and responded well. Man-of-the-match Pete Newton set up attacks regularly, and an equaliser came as Dan Tompkins tapped home.
Pat Herriott had a shot deflected onto a post before City won a penalty, Ollie Fryer slotting it away.
City of York III beat City of York IV 4-0 in Yorkshire League division two - avenging a 4-3 defeat earlier in the season.
The thirds, now with a much-changed line-up, moved to one point behind the third-placed fourths with a game in hand.
York III pressure paid off as Jack Fletcher, who had started the season in the fourths, scored his third goal in four games, volleying in a cross-shot from Alex Herriot.
Then Pat Herriot played a ball into the 'D' and James Fitton deftly deflected it in.
Rob Prentice slotted home a penalty corner for a 3-0 interval lead, and victory was sealed when Alex Herriot struck a penalty corner in similarly fashion.
Danny Vaughan had a goal for City IV chalked off for a foot earlier in the move and had a one-on-one expertly shut down by Rob Levy, who was in excellent form as the fourths pressed in the last quarter.
The game also had controversy as thirds forward Elliot Powell was green-carded for one too many stick tackles, while Barry Legg also saw green after reacting to one such tackle.
Pat Herriot received a green for persistent fouling in midfield, while Dave Rogers was lucky to stay on the park after an altercation following an innocuous tangle of bodies.
Dhyan Patel at half-back for the thirds was man of the match.
City of York V beat Bradford University 2-0 in division four north with goals in each half from K Wilson and A Thomson.
Promotion-seeking City of York VI beat relegation-threatened City of York VII 3-0 in division five north with goals by Callum Green, with a penalty, Pat Birch, from a penalty corner, and James Hogg.
ACOMB I won 7-2 at Lindum IV to cement second place in Yorkshire Men's league division three behind Tadcaster.
The Tangerines opened the scoring when Matt Dickenson tapped in from a shot by Jamie Robinson, whose penalty corner strike doubled the lead.
The second half was a goalscoring session with Robinson’s sharp drive starting proceedings.
Lindum pulled one back in a scramble before Robinson completed his second consecutive hat-trick from a reverse-stick strike.
Lindum hit back again before Acomb ran away with three goals in the last ten minutes.
Robinson struck another penalty corner, Pete Hilton netted neatly from another penalty corner routine and, after Bob Unsworth fantastically cleared off the line, a precise Stuart Baxter strike rounded off a fine sweeping move.