ACOMB Ladies started the second half of the Yorkshire Women's Hockey League division one season in style with a 3-0 win at Wakefield III.

The Tangerines looked the stronger team from the start and were rewarded after 15 minutes when a strong run and cross by Danielle Courtine from the left was converted by Sarah Holmes.

Annie Pye netted the second after great set-up play from Kerry Rafton. Holmes quickly added her second to complete an impressive victory for Acomb, who named midfielder Jenna Allinson as their player of the match.

The result pushed Acomb up two places in the table to seventh and they will be hoping to make further progress when they take on Wakefield again on Saturday.

City of York men's I team are hoping 2007 will bring a change in fortune in North league division one.

They entered the half-point of the season propping up the table with just one win from their opening 11 fixtures.

However, they resume their league programme on Saturday with home advantage against Southport, who have just won a couple of games.

It is a match that could take York off the bottom if they win and fellow strugglers Didsbury Northern fail to win their game.

Victory could also put York within a point of Stockton, who have played a game more, so despite their parlous position, York still have a chance of escaping the drop particularly as they entertain Didsbury and Stockton at Huntington School in their final two games of the season in March.

Goals from Kerry Rafton and Pete Hilton enabled Acomb Marcia Grey Mixed side to christen their new strip with a 2-1 win over City of York's mixed side.

Impressive Nestl Rowntree thumped Dunnington 5-1 in the York and District Ladies Hockey League with goals from Vanessa Walker (2), Geraldine Fogg, Helen Garnham and player of the match Vicki Mulvana.