FALLING behind only served to make Wilmslow Hockey Club men’s first team angry at the weekend.

After Sheffield-based outfit Chapeltown had taken an early lead, the men in orange stormed back to win 5-1, continue their promising post-Christmas form and stay on the tails of league leaders Bowdon.

Their unbeaten run now stands at seven matches – including wins in their past three fixtures – ahead of a trip to Deeside Ramblers’ seconds on Saturday.

Wilmslow have got into a habit of starting games slowly and it happened again on this occasion, with the visitors taking the lead following a free-flowing attacking move.

After an aggressive response, however, the home side were level 10 minutes later as Jack Wright smashed the ball into the goal after combining well with Pete Hallinan and Joe Booth.

That was the way it stayed until half time, but a rejuvenated Wilmslow emerged for the second half and took it to their opponents.

David Boddy marked his return from injury by putting Wilmslow ahead as he deflected Martin Wright’s shot from a short corner past the keeper.

Fabio Stubbs’ sharp back-post finish doubled the lead before top scorer Hallinan added a goal of his own to put the result beyond doubt.

There was still time for Boddy to grab a second deflected strike and seal a comfortable Wilmslow win.

The seconds and thirds both drew – the former tied 3-3 with Golborne and the latter 2-2 with Knutsford – while the fourths beat Timperley 5-2.

The women’s firsts were under pressure for much of their trip to City of York and eventually fell to a 3-1 defeat.

It is now three straight losses for Wilmslow, who host Wakefield's seconds on Saturday.

In better news, the seconds were excellent in their 2-1 victory over Chester, which allowed them to extend their winning run to five matches.

There was a 3-1 loss at Macclesfield for the thirds while the fourths and fifths were beaten by Buckley and Sandbach respectively.