LILY ROWNTREE scored twice as City of York Ladies I won 4-3 at North League bottom side Leeds Adel I.

City claimed their first win in five weeks against the side which has historically proved to be difficult for them

The match began with both sides battling hard and end-to-end play. City had to dig deep, with keeper Ella Deighton making some excellent saves.

Adel drew first blood with a short corner goal, but Rowntree pulled one back, striking from long range following a good Hannah Smith run.

Laura Horne scored City’s second, slotting in after good passing work through the midfield, and Smith’s excellent effort before the break gave the visitors a comfortable cushion.

They extended their lead further in the second half with Rowntree’s second goal. The drama continued late into the game, as Adel got two goals, but the visitors dug deep to hold on to the win.

City of York Ladies II’s result was almost the perfect mirror of this – the Yorkshire League premier division side lost 4-3 at home to table-toppers Leeds Adel II.

Adel scored early on in the game despite the hosts’ solid defence and critical tackles from player-of-the-match Rebecca Baker-Munton.

The hosts responded well, making strong attacks and winning several short corners, but conceded twice more without reply to close the first half.

City began the second half refreshed – super sub Millie Barnes won a penalty corner and scored from a strategic left slip by Faye Chapman.

Continued high-intensity attack won the hosts another short corner, which Barnes again put away.

Adel then scored a fourth to put the game out of reach, despite Chapman getting another goal for City.

City of York Ladies III paid the price for a slow start at home to high-fliers Halifax, as they lost 2-0 to two early goals in division one.

Merri Tomlinson was player of the match.