CITY of York Hockey Club Ladies I started 2018 with a 4-1 win at home to Lymm in North Hockey division one, recovering from a slow start to beat their 10th-placed visitors.

The York side moved up to fifth in the table, displacing Bowdon II and Harrogate, neither of whom played at the weekend, and are now three points off third place.

Lymm opened the scoring after five minutes, but City were soon level through Lilly Rowntree’s first-time shot from Celia Wright’s interception and pass.

Hannah Smith then put City ahead after a good passage of play down the left, pulling the ball onto her reverse side and firing into the top right corner from a tight angle.

City started the second period with a slick attack and won a short corner from which Heather MacDonald dragged a swift ball from the top of the ‘D’ into the bottom left corner.

Smith netted City’s fourth with a strong run and powerful strike into the top right corner.

City of York Ladies II were beaten 5-2 at Yorkshire League premier division leaders Leeds Adel II.

The visitors started strongly with crisp passing and close support play leading to some good attacks, while the defence cleared their lines quickly and kept the Adel forwards at bay.

However, Adel gradually started to press more efficiently, and they broke the deadlock from a penalty stroke. As they began to establish dominance, the hosts scored twice more.

City were rewarded for their hard work just before the break, with Corinne Wray hitting the back of the net.

The second half opened with Adel getting a fourth from an effort which may have been hit from outside the circle, and this was followed by a fifth.

Sarah Holmes scored a second consolation for City at the death.

City of York Ladies III lost 5-3 at Halifax II in division one.

The visitors battled hard in the opening stages, pressuring the Halifax defence, but the hosts took the lead through a shot which City said came from outside the scoring ‘D’.

A second goal for the hosts gave City even more impetus to get on the scoresheet, and they did so through Jay Clarke and Holly Davies.

However, two quick-fire goals put Halifax back in control, and City could only muster one in reply through Clarke.

Ruth Layborne was York's player of the match for her constant attacking play.

The third team's game at home to Lindum II on Sunday was called off because of ice on the pitch.

City of York Ladies IV notched their second win of the division two season, 1-0 at home to Bingley Bees.

Phoebe Borrowdale got the only goal of the game, finishing into a bottom corner from Maisy Lawrence’s cross.

Keeper Cara Mackay was player of the match.

City of York Ladies V lost 8-0 at division four north leaders Scarborough.

Nicola Winter was player of the match for stepping up as keeper and making some good saves.

Under-16s player Lucy-May Robinson scored a hat-trick as City of York Ladies VI drew 4-4 at home to Leeds IV in division four north, with Holly Pearson getting the fourth goal.

Robinson also bagged a brace for City of York Ladies VII in their 3-3 draw at home to Airedale II in division five north. Hannah Aubrey scored the third, and Beth Wilson was the player of the match.