Hockey: Old Malton forced to forfeit game but bounce back with win

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Old Malton came out of a mixed weekend still lying third in Yorkshire Men’s League division two.

They had to forfeit their fixture against Ramgarhia on Saturday but got a scratch side out the following day when they won at Brigg.

It was a tight game to start with, Malton having no reward for their early endeavour while a breakaway caught them out to leave them 1-0 down at half-time.

The second half was eight minutes old when Malt skipper Adam Freer ghosted into space and fired his side back into the contest.

The midfield of Aaron Coates, Jannes Timke and, with an outstanding contribution when helping out, Mike Brathwaite, impressed. And as the game stretched out, smart work saw Tom Brough link up with JJ Owen to score. Then, with almost the next attack, Malton grabbed a third to seal a fine win.

Pickering’s run of good form in Yorkshire Women’s League division six ended with a 4-0 defeat at promotion rivals City of York IV, which dropped them to fourth and dented already slim hopes of going up.

The visitors’ lack of pre-match preparation showed as they were slow to react to York’s quick pace and conceded a goal in the first few minutes.

The hosts continued to put Pickering under pressure and scored a second from a short corner which was deflected in off a defender’s stick.

Pickering pulled themselves together and found space down both flanks to launch several attacks but some good goalkeeping kept them at bay.

York continued to dominate the first half and quality strikes were taken early to score two more and wrap up the win before the interval.

Division seven Yorkshire leaders Pickering II thrashed visitors Tadcaster Magnets II 5-1. They are now seven points clear at the top.

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