THE season may have just reached a turning point for Alderley Edge Hockey Club men's first team.

In what was the true definition of a "relegation six-pointer," they won at fellow strugglers Wakefield on Saturday.

Their 2-1 victory allowed them to move off the bottom of the National Hockey League Conference North table.

Having started on the back foot, Edge eventually got a foothold with defenders Rob Trem and Angus McCormick beating Wakefield's high press with some excellent aerial passes.

Their pressure told when they won a penalty corner and McCormick dispatched a drag flick into the net.

Edge continued to carve out chances, with James Parkin hitting the post, and eventually doubled their lead early in the second half.

The goal left Wakefield with a distinct sense of déjà vu, with McCormick firing home again after Edge had been awarded a penalty stroke.

Wakefield threw the kitchen sink at their visitors and converted a penalty stroke of their own to set up a grandstand finish, but Edge held on for a crucial and well-deserved victory.

Meanwhile, the women's firsts drew 1-1 with Doncaster to maintain their mid-table position in the Women's National League Conference North.

Edge imposed themselves early and Sarah Hopkins converted her first goal of the season from a penalty corner to put them ahead.

Doncaster moved onto the offensive as Edge were forced back and the visitors managed to convert one of their chances to secure a share of the spoils.

With the league now taking a break until the new year, Edge host rivals Bowdon in the England Hockey Tier One Championship Cup on Saturday, pushback 12 noon.

The Edge men's over 40s Masters team are into the next round of the England Hockey Championship after beating Chester 4-0. Scott Ashdown netted twice, with further goals from Phil Benton and Julian Scarsbrook.