ALDERLEY Edge Hockey Club women’s seconds started the new year as they ended the last - with a win.

They continued their dominance of Cheshire League One by beating visitors Northop Hall 6-1 on Saturday.

Edge’s first goal came from a fantastic left-slip short corner which was pushed out by Nic Hall to a waiting Lottie Wright.

Player of the match Lexi Archer finished off a great run of team play before Izzy Mowatt added a third just before half time, after a scramble in the D.

Edge maintained the pressure in the second half, with Lois McTiffin making the most of a great pass from Emily Short.

Jude Offer then smashed a fantastic cross across the D to a waiting Archer who scored her second of the game.

Northop took advantage of a slight lack of concentration to score their only goal before Hall rounded things off for the home team.

The thirds suffered a tough 2-1 loss at Chester in the same league.

Despite dominating much of the first half they found themselves 1-0 from a Chester short corner.

The second half was more even and Edge started to get a bit desperate, with their passing game not flowing.

Nevertheless, Izzie Broadhurst managed to work herself enough space to bury an equaliser with two minutes remaining.

Chester then earned themselves a penalty flick when a goal-bound shot was stopped with an Edge player’s foot.

Despite a great effort from Cat Parry in goal, the flick was well-despatched and, with less than a minute left, Edge couldn’t fashion another chance.

The fourths started the year positively with a 1-0 win over Buckley in Division Three on Saturday.

Some great goal-keeping from player of the match Karen Ogden saw the score remain at 0-0 at half time.

The game looked like it was heading for a draw until three minutes from time when Katy Smith found the back of the net.

The fifths lost their away fixture 1-0 to Lymm’s fourths, while the sixths’ trip to Crewe proved a happier one when they earned themselves a 3-1 win over Vagrants’ fourths to move up to third place in Division Five.

Edge’s sevenths also had a great start to the new year, notching up their sixth win on the bounce with a 5-0 victory over Oxton’s fourths.

The men’s first and second teams played in friendlies with mixed outcomes.

A 3-2 loss was suffered by the firsts against Leek.

The men played well but struggled defensively after their goalkeeper had to be replaced by a kicking back in the second half.

They re-start their North Premier League campaign against Bowdon’s seconds this weekend.

West Derby were defeated 6-2 by the seconds, who dominated from the start with having too much pace for their opponents to handle.

Scorers were Jack Smith, three, and Todd Leddy, who were both stand-out performers, along with Joe Coxon and Adam Robertson.

The thirds made heavy weather of a 2-1 victory over Stockport Bramhall that keeps them in the top three of their league table.

Captain and birthday boy Andy Walker led by example and scored what turned out to be the winning goal.

The fourths also retained their third place in Division Four with a 1-0 win over Deeside Ramblers’ fourths.

Edge showed far more purpose and urgency in the second half.

A Rob Marks shot in the D was helped inside the post by Chris Sinton.

The fifths fell 9-0 against Deeside Ramblers in Division Five, while the sixths won at Timperley’s fifths 2-0 in Division Seven.

AEHC’s sevenths met Timperley’s sixths at Kings Macc and eventually lost a close match 3-2.

Beavers A started the new year with a 3-2 win against Wilmslow.

Archie Offer scored twice, with Ethan Bennion also deflecting in a strong hit from Joe Stonier.

The all-girl Beavers B team also had a good day, playing their best hockey of the season to beat Preston 3-2 away.

The Badgers went down 2-0 to Northrop Hall at The Edge but the boys worked hard and continue to learn.