ACOMB Hockey Club men's first team were hit with a sucker punch as they lost 3-2 to derby rivals City of York IV.

The result, courtesy of a late goal, gave the City team their first win of the Yorkshire League division three season.

Hosts York took the lead with their first attack, Matt Connell – normally a midfielder, but playing as a striker – scoring from inside the ‘D’.

Joe Lancaster had a volley denied by a great save, but soon after played Hamish Broadbent in to score City’s second.

Acomb came into the game towards the end of the first half, pressing the defence, but keeper Brian Ignjatovic’s saves kept the visitors at bay, and they had two goals disallowed as well.

However, the Tangerines struck first in the second period through Carrick Blacker and got the equaliser soon after as Dave Richardson’s effort was deflected in.

City were reduced to 10 men as man-of-the-match Tendai Kalima was green-carded, but they saw out the two-minute sin-bin period and, with a full complement, got the winner in the dying minutes through James Walker.

It came after Richardson had missed the chance to win it for Acomb as the ball struck his leg.

Acomb II came back from two goals down to win 4-3 at home to Bingley Bees II in a gripping division five encounter.

It was a game of two halves of contrasting character. The first period was an even contest in which Tom Brown’s reverse-stick strike was immediately cancelled out - Richard Crossland saved a shot well, only for a visiting striker to pounce and push the ball in.

Bingley scored twice more as the home defence failed to clear in what was turning out to be a tough contest but, having travelled without substitutes, they tired with 20 minutes remaining.

Acomb newcomer Connor Wilkinson was a constant thorn in the side of Bingley’s back line, and was rewarded with a neat goal.

Dave Bell then found himself in an unusually good position and crisply deflected the ball in to equalise, before captain Jonny Brown excellently scooped over the keeper to complete the comeback and claim the points.

Both keepers were on good form, saving exceptionally well, and the Tangerines’ man-of-the-match award went to their shot-stopper Crossland.

The result puts Acomb in third spot, three points off leaders Harrogate V.