ACOMB Hockey Club’s men’s first team cemented fourth place in Yorkshire League division two with an emphatic 9-2 home win over Sheffield Hallam.

David Bell missied from close range early on but a sliding strike from Peter Hilton from a Jamie Robinson pass started the scoring rout.

Within 12 minutes, the Tangerines found themselves in arrears following two penalty-corner strikes.

Keeper Craig Brown made a fine save to prevent a third concession before Acomb scored twice to take the lead through Robinson and Matt Dickenson following good work from Baz Whitfield.

The second half saw Acomb play their best passing game for quite a while, resulting in five unanswered goals.

Tom Brown netted the fourth from a Nick Linfoot pass, Dickenson got his second from a Whitfield pass, then his hat-trick when finding the roof following good work by David Richardson.

In the last eight minutes, Robinson and Brown each struck again, the latter from a penalty corner, and Dickenson’s neat deflection completed the rout.

Acomb II lost 4-1 in an ill-tempered, controversial division five north game at leaders Boston Spa III.

A early penalty corner routine by Acomb saw a Harry Ellis’s flick saved with Phil Monk putting the rebound wide. Then Ellis rounded the keeper only to see the ball die on the pitch.

The visitors also had a goal ruled out for an obstruction on the goalkeeper.

Instead Boston took the lead when Rich Luscombe was shoulder charged off the ball by two players and keeper Mike Brown could not stop the third attempt.

Boston doubled their lead with a tap-in following a superb Brown save – with Acomb’s claims the keeper was obstructed being controversially ignored.

A third Boston goal soon followed.

Tempers frayed late on as Boston scored again despite an apparent push on the keeper, although Acomb got a consolation when the returning Mark Ellis fizzed the ball across for Ant Daley to fire home.

Tempers then boiled over after to a swinging Boston stick, with a melee ensuing - but no cards were shown or fouls given.

Acomb Hockey Club Ladies lost 6-1 at home to Bridlington in Yorkshire Women’s League division one.

The visitors scored twice in the first 10 minutes via a long ball game whereas the hosts struggled to put passes together.

Home hopes were lifted when player-of-the-game Vicky Wrigley netted after a good run down the right, but these disappeared with two penalty corner strikes by the visitors before the break.

The Tangerines came more into the game with Sophie Burn the engine in midfield while the defence worked hard, but Brid bagged two more goals, the latter on the final whistle.