CITY of York IV drew 2-2 with Yorkshire League division two high-fliers Leeds Adel II.

The match was scheduled to be played in Leeds, but pitch unavailability meant it was moved to York's Energise Centre.

A bright start for City resulted in Josh de Silva getting an early goal, after man-of-the-match Henry Birchall picked the ball up near the sideline, skilfully dribbled past a host of Adel players and played it back to Hamish Broadbent, who delivered an inch-perfect pass for de Silva to slot home.

The goal woke Adel up, and they began to play the style of hockey that had seen them go top of the table, keeping City on their toes with quick passing and movement off the ball.

However, City were able to put Adel under pressure with great work in the middle of the pitch by James Walker, Joe Starks and Ollie Moore keeping York alive and tracking runners.

Adel found the equaliser before half-time from a good short corner passing routine, moving the ball quickly around goalkeeper David Barraclough and firing past Christopher Knowles on the line.

The sides went into half-time level, with Barraclough on hand to make some top saves.

City aimed to get a grip on the game and start the second half with the same style of play as at the start, but Adel’s continued pressure on the back line prevented this happening.

Instead, Adel were gifted a second goal after York captain William Neal attempted to dribble the ball to safety, lost possession and allowed them in on goal.

This spurred City on to get back in the game, with players winning 50-50 balls and pushing higher up the pitch, and they got the equaliser when Joe Lancaster smashed a ball upfield for David Catterall to collect and round the Adel keeper.

Catterall almost got the winner in the final minutes when a similar speculative ball was played up the pitch, but he was unable to connect with his shot.