Hockey: Wilmslow Ladies defeated by York

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Wilmslow Ladies 1st 2 City of York 1st 3

The ladies welcomed City of York to their first visit to Oakwood Farm on the back of four points from their opening two games in North Div 1. The game started at a ferocious pace and Wilmslow weathered an early storm from the away side.

The game then developed into an even affair with both sides turning the ball over in midfeld.

It was York who broke the deadlock with a deft deflection in front of keeper Lang who was powerless to stop it. 1-0 to the visitors. This spurred on the orangetops and they began to assert greater pressure on the opposition's back line. After the award of a penalty corner Hannah Kelman, who had put in a great shift in defence, stepped up to slot home the equaliser.

The game looked like it was going to remain even into the half time break with neither side valuing possession. That was until York converted a strike from a penalty corner.

The scoreline seemed unjust however Wilmslow knew they had to up their game. Man of the Match, Maddy Troup put in a tireless performance as usual in the second half. However after an extended period of possession York tucked away a scrappy goal which seemed to suck the life out of Wilmslow.

Searching for a route back into the game young Amelia Poole was unlucky to see her shot rebound off the post.

Eventually a well worked move involving Wortley, Cooper and Poole saw Rachubka finish coolly, her 4th goal in 3 games.

Unfortunately this proved to be nothing more than a consolation as York took all three points.

Ladies 2nds lost against Chester 2nds 0-1 and the 3rds had a real off day against Macclesfield 2nd losing 0-5. Ladies 4ths carry on regardless travelling to North Wales and beating Buckley 1st 3-0, a hatrick from the evergreen Penny Sparrow. The 5ths also had a good home win against Sandbach 2nds , 2-0

Chapeltown Mens 1st 2 Wilmslow Mens 1st 5.

Wilmslow maintained their 100% record with a fine win in Sheffield. Chapeltown opened the scoring but Joe Booth soon struck back with a reverse stick shot. Further goals from a David Boddy deflection, Joe Booth from a penalty corner and two solo efforts from Pete Hallinan put the game to bed before a late consolation goal from the home team.

Mens 2nd lost disappointingly 1-3 to Golborne 1st. Wilmslow started the better team but the visitors well organised midfield eventually prevailed. Mens 3rd are finding it tough after 3 successive promotions and lost 4-5 in a local derby against Knutsford 2nds. The 4ths had a good 3-3 draw, coming from 1-3 behind against Macclesfield 3rds but the 5ths first outing this season saw them outgunned against league leaders Lymm 3rds.

Match report by Steve Kinsella.

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