CITY of York Ladies IV earned their first win of the Yorkshire League division two season with a solid 1-0 victory at Wakefield Wanderers.

Having struggled to find form this season and sitting at the foot of the table, City started the game with great intent to get their first points on the board.

And it showed, as the team used the width of the pitch well, moved the ball nicely around the back and passed in triangles.

Celia Davis, in particular, was key to the visitors’ attacking play, with some excellent balls which split the Wanderers’ players, giving City the chance to break.

In the opening 10 minutes, one of those balls was slapped up the pitch to Tanya Cooper, who went on an excellent run down the line and sent it into the ‘D’ for player-of-the-match Rachel Hildreth to collect by the penalty spot and dispatch into a corner of the goal.

The Wanderers’ defence was put under increasing pressure as City looked to capitalise further on their dominance, and near the end of the first half, the visitors were awarded a penalty flick after a home defender kicked a City shot off the line.

Although the flick was missed, it gave City the impetus to hold out against their hosts and withstand the second-half pressure.

City of York Ladies I remain seventh in North Hockey division one despite their game at home to Lymm being cancelled because of poor weather conditions.

The same fate befell the home clashes of City of York III against Lindum II in Yorkshire League division one and City of York VI versus Cleckheaton in division four north, while City of York VII’s division five north game at home to Halifax IV was called off because of pitch unavailability.

City of York Ladies II fell 3-2 at Wakefield III in the premier division. The result lifted the home side to within a point of 10th-placed City.

City of York Ladies V lost 1-0 at second-placed Batley in division four north, the single first-half goal enough to settle the game.

An evenly-matched first half saw some good City play down the wings and multiple attempts on goal, but they were unable to convert.

Instead, it was Batley who went ahead through a deflected short corner effort.

York came out strongly in the second half, holding much of the possession, with Hayley Briggs, Claire Wiggins and Helen Williamson passing well between midfield and attack, while Rebecca Copperthwaite was busy up front.

But, despite City spending much time in the opposition area, strong defending prevented the equaliser.

At the other end, the few times Batley got the ball into the City ‘D’, the visitors dealt comfortably with it and prevented any further scoring.