NEW recruit Henry Laming got the winner as City of York Hockey Club's men's first XI edged a 2-1 victory over bottom-placed Lindum.

The victory, with Alex Cockram also on target, was City's first home win of term and saw them climb three places up the North Hockey League premier division table to eighth.

After a slow start, York controlled proceedings during the first half and were unlucky not to have already been a goal to the good before they did take the lead when patient passing throughout the whole team culminated in a powerful strike on the turn by forward Cockram.

Starting the second half 1-0 up, City were unfortunate to have Richard Chandler shown a green card and Lindum capitalised on having an extra man, drawing level with a reverse-stick shot in to the top corner.

Thereafter York defended resolutely and created a number of chances in


Eventually the pressure told as Laming converted a short corner to give the home side a 2-1 win.

On Saturday, City of York travel to Oxton hoping to build on this performance.

City of York II conversely fell to a narrow defeat to their Lindum counterparts in the Yorkshire League premier division, this time in Lincoln.

The results kept Lindum II unbeaten and left City in sixth.

The game started at a fast pace with Lindum's direct approach pinning City back, but the visitors began to assert themselves and an even contest was goalless at the break.

Playing down the slope in the second half, City dominated on the resumption, forcing several penalty corners.

However, against the run of play, a swift counter attack led to a home goal when a miscued aerial evaded the defenders and released a forward in the 'D' to score.

City pushed for a leveller and put the Lindum defence under pressure but without being able to carve out clear chances, and the hosts repelled penalty corners to hold out for victory.

Zack Pierson netted for City of York III but they lost 2-1 at home to Leeds University I and sit bottom of division one.

City of York IV crashed 5-0 at Airedale I in division two.

City of York V shocked higher-placed Leeds VI 3-1 in division three thanks to goals by Josh Doyle (2) and Rob Barker.

In division four north, City of York VI lost 2-1 at Leeds VII, while winless City of York VII drew 0-0 with fellow strugglers Halifax III.

In division five north, City of York VIII won 5-2 at Thirsk III with goals by Luke Harbord (2), Finn Baqai, Jack Birch and Peter Perryman, while City of York IX were handed a 3-0 walkover win by Boston Spa IV.

City of York Badgers had no fixture in the development competition.