HOCKEY fixtures city-wide were devastated by the weather conditions at the weekend, with no City of York or Acomb games played in the league.

Two games were conceded 3-0 for failure to field a full team – Yorkshire League division one City of York Ladies III were scheduled to play at Sheffield Hallam II, and City of York Ladies VII were meant to be playing at Leeds V in division five north – while the rest were called off.

The derby fixture between stablemates City of York Ladies V and VI was scheduled to be played last night.

City of York Ladies Under-18s were not affected by the weather at the Club North Indoor Championship, where they finished as runners-up and progressed to the national finals to be held in London early next year.

The young City side arrived at the six-a-side competition with no substitutes, but managed to finish the five games undefeated.

North Hockey league rivals Ben Rhydding were the first challenge faced by City, who edged past them 2-1 and came away with a good confidence boost.

Fylde proved tougher opposition, and City emerged from this tie with a 1-1 stalemate to remain in contention before they firmly established their standing in the competition with a 4-1 win over Wakefield.

City next drew a dramatic game against a strong Thirsk team who had won all but one of their fixtures so far.

The York side struggled in the first half, but opened the scoring. They were pegged back by Thirsk, before restoring their lead.

City then missed penalty flicks and failed to capitalise on numerical advantage – playing with five against three for a time – before Thirsk drew level for a final time.

For the final game against Timperley, coach Manon God handed the reins over to Lorraine Pearey - and City won 4-1 to deservedly secure their place in the finals.

City of York were represented by Millie Barnes, Hannah Smith, Harriet Stephenson, Meg Harrington, Josefien Heijbroek and keeper Ella Deighton.