HOCKEY: DEESIDE Ramblers kept their promotion hopes alive with a 5-1 win over Springfields.

Only 2-1 up at half-time they still had a lot to do and increased the pace, which Springfields couldn't live with. The Ramblers' goals came from Del Smith (2), Jimmy Lewis, a scorcher from Stig Hill and a beauty from William Mumme-Young, who atoned for missing an earlier flick.

The seconds were back to their fluent best with a 3-0 victory over Tameside firsts. Phil Winward, Ed Lowe and Mark Cookson were their scorers.

Dave Linton's third team kept the pressure on the league leaders with a 4-2 win over Wrexham seconds, thanks to goals from Hedley Pollard, Justin Newboy and Chris Jones.

The fourths met rivals Chester and had a convincing 4-1 victory, with a double from skipper Keith Hindley and other goals by Rob Thomason and Tim Salt.

Without a goalkeeper and against a team which included adults, Ramblers Beavers gave a magnificent performance to beat Northern 3-2 to avenge a defeat a fortnight earlier. A goal down at the break, they stormed back with goals by Tom Fearnall (2) and George Cope.

Deeside Ladies beat Timperley 3-0 in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggests. The difference was that Ramblers converted their chances thanks to Rachel Thomas, who grabbed a hat-trick. New midfielder Jane Allen settled in well.

The seconds gave a disappointing performance in losing 5-3 to Colne Valley firsts, who led 1-0 at half-time. Sue Baird, Lucy Swe and Nicki Blucher were the scorers. Chester thirds made the long trip to Bethesda to take on Llandudno firsts and they settled for a 1-1 draw. In the first half Chester were very poor at times and were lucky not to go behind early on.

Eventually Llandudno did take the lead after a poor pass from a Chester player led to an easy goal, but in the second half Chester started to play better and, after winning numerous short corners, they finally put one away with 10 minutes to go as Tom Selby swept the ball into the bottom corner from a tight angle.

Chester went forward looking for a winner, but couldn't find it and the result was a fair one.

The 7-1 scoreline against a scratch Chester sixths against Neston fourths did not reflect the keenly contested game. Chester looked most comfortable in the first half, with Alan Watts getting on the scoresheet. Injury and reshuffling of positions with a substitute meant they were unsettled in the second half.

Chester Ladies seconds started positively against Macclesfield and were rewarded early on with a short-corner strike from Sarah Richards which was deflected into the goal by Philippa Brooking.

Unavailability in the team meant that key forward Dawn Nancollas was playing at the back and the team lacked its usual structure, which took its toll on the game.

Macclesfield equalised before half-time then scored the winner 15 minutes from the end.

Chester fourths started with only eight players at Macclesfield, but led with an Amy Edwards goal which proved to be the only one of the game.