BEN Rhydding Ladies broke a 'curse' with a 6-2 win at Timperley on Saturday.

Playing on a pitch known for its 'curse' on Ben Rhydding, the team was determined to break the spell.

After a pumped warm up, Ben Rhydding quickly took control of the game with some great link hockey play. Chances began to come, with Beth Cordukes scoring after just three minutes.

Timperley got a goal back a few minutes later and the game was on. Timperley scored again, against the run of play and at 21 minutes Rhydding were 2-1 down.

This fired up Ben Rhydding as Beth Cordukes scored a fantastic solo goal to bring the scores level, giving Rhydding the confidence they needed.

Goals seemed to come easier after this as Amy Cordukes and Rafa Brandao-Lee took Ben Rhydding into half-time with a 4-2 lead.

In the second half Ben Rhydding were dominant as Kelly Baxter and Tanisha Janzen added a goal apiece to make it 6-2.

In the last ten minutes, the Rhydding defensive unit soaked up the final pressure from Timperley to keep the four-goal lead intact.

This Saturday sees a big local derby as Ben Rhydding host newly promoted Leeds at home. The match starts at 1.30pm.

Ben Rhydding and Leeds are currently joint leaders of the Conference North.

Ben Rhydding Men's first home game of the season was an unpolished performance that resulted in a 4-2 victory against Stockton.

Neil Sugden and Dave McCollum made a solid pairing at centre-back and with Wil Jones' vision passing balls down the line all it needed was for runs to be completed and Rhydding would have made more connections.

With many chances in front of goal and the Stockton keeper making some superb saves, it was Callum Franks who opened the scoring.

After winning a short corner he dribbled into the defence before dispatching Musgrave's drag flick into the goal.

The momentum was lost when Stockton scored an unexpected equaliser with a lack of marking in the defence.

As Ben Rhydding picked up the intensity, with some super leading from Smith and Bairstow the home side were rewarded with a goal.

Gamble won a free hit on the 25-yard line, which Sugden took quickly and Lorimer deflected into the roof of the net.

Another goal came soon after with Helme passing to Day on the Stockton goal line to make it 3-1 and then a penalty flick, calmly converted by Musgrave, made it 4-1 to Rhydding.

In the last ten minutes discipline started to drop off with a flurry of cards being dished out by the umpires, and despite a late goal by Stockton, Ben Rhydding held out and moved up to fourth in the table.