n Wilmslow 2

n Stockton 2

WILMSLOW Hockey Club men's team let slip a chance to win three league points.

The tangerines were almost back to full strength for their first league match of the new year against the visiting Teessiders, with skipper Ben James making a welcome return to defence.

Joe Booth was in particularly lively form and from one of his attacks in a commanding first half Ben Jones opened the scoring with a neat reverse stick effort.

Wilmslow showed a weakness in conceding penalty corners and the visitors equalised from one after a couple of shots had been parried.

Just before half-time Pete Hallinan made it 2-1 from a penalty corner.

The second half became a dour affair with Wilmslow failing to turn their possession and attacking moves into goals.

Just as it appeared that they had ground out their first win of the year their old failing of conceding corners gave Stockton a chance which they took to take a point.

n Wilmslow Ladies 3

n Crewe Vagrants 1

FOR the first half hour of the match Wilmslow camped out in the Crewe half of the pitch but even Carla Botha’s aggressive dribbling could not get past the visiting keeper.

As sometimes happens with such a pattern of play a Crewe breakaway resulted in the opening score.

But goals from Honey Dickinson and Danni Harvey made it 2-1 by half time.

A far-post deflection by Lynsey Rachubka put the result beyond doubt.

Wilmslow Ladies seconds enjoyed a record 15-0 win away to Bebington.

This moves them to second place, level on points with Neston.