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Hockey: First loss of season for City of York Men I
10:13am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in Sport
A FIRST North Hockey League premier division defeat was suffered by City of York Hockey Club first XI.
They went down 2-1 to early pace-setters Oxton, skippered by ex-City of York player Matt Couttie.
Visitors Oxton scored early on before City of York drew level eight minutes into the game when a flowing move, started by Jonny Jenkin in his own half, was picked up by Alex Cockram, who showed great skill to drive into the circle and unleash a shot. It rebounded off a post into the path of his brother Richard, who slotted the ball home.
The rest of the first half saw City of York on top, but the clinical finishing of the first two games of the season eluded them.
Oxton too had opportunities and Jon Chappell in the City of York goal was called on to make a number of telling saves.
The first 15 minutes of the second half produced opportunities for both sides, with skipper Chris Wilson coming closest when he was superbly tackled by Couttie, but Oxton capitalised on a mistake by City of York on the quarter hour and re-established their lead. Oxton then took control and managed to stifle the home side’s efforts to get back on terms.
Free-scoring City of York II ran riot to seal an 8-4 win over Leeds Adel Carnegie II in Yorkshire League division one.
The visitors got off to a flier when man-of-the-match Danny Ellwood found the roof of the net with his drag from a penalty corner. Richard Chandler doubled the lead before Ellwood was on target again.
Leeds pulled two goals back only for Chris Bolt to net and make it 4-2 at half-time.
York went further ahead when Dave Rogers’ pass was diverted in by a defender. But, as York eased their grip, the hosts struck twice.
However, York nerves were settled when Bolt grabbed his second before a brace of goals from Dan Tompkins secured the points.
An inspirational half-tine talk lifted City of York III to a 3-0 division two success over visiting Lincoln I.
Five minutes into the second half, Chris Dutton broke the deadlock when he flicked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper. Tim Lister doubled the advantage and, with 15 minutes to play, Ben Foster’s short-corner strike zipped into the net.
A strong show from Pat Herriott and smart saves by ’keeper Brian Ignjatovic kept York at the top of the table.
A goal in either half saw off City of York IV, who were out-hustled for much of their division three outing at Huddersfield Dragons. York created good chances but the lack of a proven scorer let them down.
City of York V shaded their division five north exchange against Driffield 4-3, but the margin of victory should have been wider.
Despite the Driffield goalkeeper having a blinder, York were too lax in allowing the visitors to keep in touch.
On target for York were Nick Carter (2), Mark Moisley and Luke Inman.
Car trouble meant City of York VI arrived in dribs and drabs at Bradford II, who triumphed 5-0 in division five north.
Goalkeeper Dave Horn excelled, while resolute defending from Andy Gray, Matt Marshall, Hugh Richards and Tony Neeve kept the margin of defeat down to a manageable level.
Division seven action pitched City of York VIII against Leeds VII, respectively second and third in the league with neither having conceded a goal.
Something had to give and it was the visitors as York produced a 2-0 triumph.
A pass from Danny Vaughan found Rich Robson, who netted in the first half.
After the break, visiting raids were repelled well by Nick Longster, Nick Fitton, Steve Thomson and Stefan Solanki. On the one occasion ’keeper Tom Starbuck was faced with a one-on-one break he cleared the ball to safety.
Growing in confidence, York raided the Leeds defence and were rewarded by a Mike Dunn effort to cement second place.
Two well-taken goals by Alex Triffit enabled City of York IV to earn a 2-2 draw against Hull University III in division seven.
Both Triffitt’s goals were equalisers, while youngster Freddie Vahey posted a strong and confident performance.
City of York Badgers succumbed 7-2 to a talented Airedale Badgers XI, who took command with four unanswered first-half strikes.
Sam Engleman was twice on target after the break but the double-blast was mere consolation.