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Hockey: City of York men draw 5-5 at Brooklands II
9:45am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Sport
RICH JENKIN scored four goals to take his tally to seven in two games as City of York Hockey Club men’s I drew 5-5 at Brooklands II in the North League premier division.
City of York have now scored 11 goals and conceded ten in a free-scoring start to their campaign and, but for a couple of unlucky breaks, they might have come away from Brooklands with a win.
They fell behind when a Brooklands penalty corner looped off the shoulder of goalkeeper Jon Chappell and trickled over the line despite the efforts of full-back Luke Staveley. The visitors responded well and equalised when Jenkin squeezed the ball home.
Chappell repelled a couple of incisive breaks from the opposition before City of York edged into a two-goal lead with efforts from Alex Cockram and Jenkin.
Just before half-time Brooklands pulled a goal back but the opening strike of the second half went to City of York, with Jenkin completing his hat-trick from a penalty corner.
Brooklands responded with a goal before a frantic last five minutes yielded three goals, with Jenkin spectacularly flicking the ball into the roof of the net only for the home side to hit two late replies.
City of York II twice came from behind before securing a 3-2 win over Ramgarhia I in Yorkshire League division one.
Ramgarhia took the lead and York needed two excellent stops on the line from David Clamp to avoid falling further behind.
A good move started by Rory Ainslie was converted by Dave Navin at the back post and it was 1-1 at the break.
Early in the second half, Ramgarhia regained the lead from a penalty corner and they then rattled the bar with a penalty flick.
York poured forward in search of an equaliser and it came through captain Alex Fletcher with five minutes remaining.
Navin then grabbed his second two minutes from time.
Despite being down to the bare bones, City of York III won 4-2 at Ben Rhydding III in division two of the Yorkshire League.
Twice Ben Foster and Rob Prentice fired York ahead only for the hosts to level before half-time.
But after the break, City kept their composure as the game grew more physical amd niggly and a brace of goals from Prentice to seal his hat-trick confirmed the points.
Injury-hit City of York IV were beaten 3-0 by Tadcaster Magnets in division three.
Barry Legg and Sam Baker suffered injuries in a goalless first half, with Sam Blackburn narrowly missing a chance to put them in the lead.
Tadcaster took control after the break to score three goals.
Another fine away day at Ben Rhydding V was enjoyed by City of York V to triumph 4-2 in division five north.
The visitors led 1-0 at half-time through Peter Richardson. Soon after the restart Rhydding equalised but Nick Carter restored City’s lead with a short corner strike with Dennis Hootton on target soon after.
Though the hosts trimmed the deficit, the two-goal cushion was restored when Jack Crowther netted in the final quarter.
City of York VI fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to level at 2-2 through Will Bowen and Richard Tanner-Smith against Leeds V – only to concede a decisive third goal in the last five minutes of the division five north clash.
In the division below, City of York VII perished 3-1 at Leeds Adel Carnegie V.
York had ample possession and created far more chances than Leeds, but the hosts took the lead, which was doubled just before half-time.
The lion’s share of possession was again York’s in the second half, with Harry Heyes and Will Bowen in particular causing the Leeds defence problems.
But a breakaway goal yielded a third before James Hogg’s first-time shot showed how to finish, though it was too little too late.
City of York VIII drew 1-1 with Slazengers IV in division seven.
York took the lead after half-time when a cross from Steve Forde on the right was hammered home by striker Rich Robson only for Slazengers to level with four minutes remaining.
A brace of goals from in-form striker Martin Gorton was not enough to save City of York IX from a 5-2 defeat at Boston Spa in division seven.
Gorton finished off a neat midfield move to open the scoring in the first half, but sloppy defending resulted in Boston Spa scoring three quick goals in reply before the half-time break.
The second half was much more competitive and Gorton converted a short corner to give York the chance of a positive result.
They dominated play for a ten-minute period but were unable to force an equaliser and Boston closed with two late strikes.
• Acomb HC men’s II ousted hosts Ben Rhydding VI 3-0 in Yorkshire division six north.
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