CITY of York Men II secured their first win on their travels of this Yorkshire Hockey League premier division campaign thanks to a 2-1 victory at bottom side Lindum II.

In doing so, the visitors claimed a league double over the Lincoln outfit, having beaten them 4-0 at home earlier in the season.

With the hosts scrapping for survival on the quick pitch, City were indebted to keeper Jonathan Doyle for keeping the scores level early on.

On one occasion, Doyle had to make a wonderful reaction save with his stick after a quick ball into the ‘D’ was deflected goalwards, before also blocking the follow-up.

Eventually, Lindum did take the lead in the end-to-end contest, with their captain finding space in the ‘D’ to slot home.

However, City responded well and were level soon as Ben Mould showed great vision with a long cross-field pass to pick out Dan Hyden, who fired home into the bottom corner.

The visitors were now in the ascendancy, and finished the half on a strong note, when skipper Rob Newton’s penalty corner was converted by a diving David Butchart.

York’s character was tested in a battling second half, but they ground out the result, posing a threat on the counter-attack, while man-of-the-match Nick Murdoch put in an excellent display at the back as he marshalled City’s defence against the hosts’ advances.

Lindum’s frustration manifested itself in a number of cards late on, which broke up the rhythm and helped City hang on.

Five City of York home games were cancelled because of poor pitch conditions, including the first team’s North Hockey League division one game against Lindum, the third team's match against Leeds V in Yorkshire League division one, the fifth team's division three game against Ben Rhydding III, the seventh's against Leeds Adel III in division four north and the 10th's against Ben Rhydding IV in the Men’s Development north division.

Boston Spa IV conceded their game at City of York VIII because of insufficient players.

City of York VI won for the first time in seven attempts with a dominant 2-0 victory at Airedale II.

Second-half goals from Zach Pierson and Laurence Thornton earned the points ahead of next week’s derby against the seventh team.

City of York IX crashed 15-0 at division five north leaders Bingley Bees.