TWO goals for Deeside Ramblers Ladies saw off Chester in Saturday’s Northern Premier Division derby.
Slick passing by Su Baird fed in Nicky Roberts and she stuck the ball in the net to score the opener.
Passions ran high and a persistent Chester fought back to score the equaliser from a short corner, Sophie Clough flicking the ball in from close range.
Tough tackling from a battling Chester side meant they had two players carded by the umpires and were dealt another blow when Ramblers’ Rachel Dathan scored the second in the closing minutes.
In the day’s other derby, Chester men’s 2nds turned around a poor run of form against Deeside 2nds to record an emphatic 6-1 victory.
Deeside couldn’t cope with Chester’s lightning fast attack and their resolve was broken in the first half.
While Deeside lost Phil Brown to injury and had a player sent off Chester took charge of the game, adding four more goals.
There was time for a consolation goal from Martyn Lear for Deeside but goals from Gaz Thomas (2) and Andy Murphy (4) were enough for a rampant Chester side.
Chester 5ths were defeated 3-0 at home to table-toppers Bangor on Saturday. The score could have been higher if it wasn’t for the man of the match, goalkeeper Carlos Harnandez.
Chester 6ths lost 3-2 to Winnington Park 4ths. Gareth Thomas opened the scoring for the home side but an open second half resulted in the visitors taking a 3-1 lead before a late Chester goal.
Several Chester players represented West Cheshire and Wirral President’s XI at the opening of the Caldy Grange floodlights.
Bart Ryan-Beswick, Chris Ormandy and Alex Perratt were selected as a result of their work as coaches at the Chester Hockey Club Development Centre.
The centre runs on Fridays from 4.45pm until 5.45pm at Cheshire County Officers Sports Club and is for under 13 boys and girls in the Chester area. For more information, contact Dafydd Jones on 07799113953.
Chester’s U15 boys beat Bowdon 5-1 in the second round of the National Cup on Sunday.
Goals from Warwick Ryan-Beswick (2), George Wilkinson, Matthew Ormandy and Ben Scott sealed the win.
The veterans booked their place in the third round of the HA Veterans’ Cup for the third year running with a narrow 2-1 defeat of Solihull Blossomfield.
A strong start forced the visiting keeper into some smart saves but in the second half a dominant Chester came out of the blocks and were worthy winners.
In the U18s Girls Cup, Chester celebrated a 5-1 win against Barton on Sunday.
Sophie Clough broke the deadlock from a short corner before Hannah Morgan added a second. Despite a breakaway Barton goal, Hannah Morgan completed a hat-trick and Sian French scored a fine team goal to put the game out of touch.