CHESTER bounced back from defeat to keep their promotion challenge on track at Leeds on Saturday.
Chester faced Leeds University hoping to avoid a repeat of their defeat to their hosts’ Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham the previous week and they succeeded, winning 2-1.
Chester set a high tempo in the North Men’s League Division One and Leeds struggled to cope. Andrew Dixon opened the scoring with his first goal for the Chester, set up by Matty Hyden, and that was all that separated the teams at half-time.
Leeds found their feet in the second half and drew level courtesy of a penalty flick.
Daf Jones made a series of acrobatic saves in the Chester goal to keep the student side at bay until a drag flick from Phil Roper decided the match in Chester’s favour.
Despite the victory, Chester’s display was not convincing however as they struggle to rediscover their attacking form.
Chester 2nds executed a more free-flowing style as they beat Rhyl 6-2 with goals from Richard Selley (3), Harvey Shaw, Bart Beswick and Gaz Thomas.
At Neston, Chester 5ths posted a 3-1 victory with strikes from Dan Haynes Jon Feeney and Paul North.
Chester 6ths suffered a 1-0 reverse at home to Goldborne 2nds.
With Chris Ward in goal, the home side started sluggishly and gave the visitors too many chance, which they eventually made count to take the points
The ever-reliable Sian French gave her best as always but it wasn’t enough to spur Chester Ladies on to victory at home to Bowdon.
The visitors won 3-0 due mainly to Chester squandering chances.
In the first half Bowdon had a number of efforts but Chester’s defence cleared the ball well and made it very difficult until one short corner took a deflection and rolled over the line.
After the interval both teams went on the attack but it was Bowdon again who got the breakthrough, with a straight strike which was lifted slightly and hit the backboard.
Bowdon’s third was again from a short corner, with the initial shot blocked there was a scramble for the ball with Bowdon picking up the rebound.
The Ladies 3rds beat Brooklands 5-0 with a hat-trick from Charlotte Knott and singles from Jo Agnew and Mandy Agnew. Player-of-the-Match was Jane Bills.