HOCKEY: CHESTER - buoyed by last week's victory over local rivals Deeside Ramblers - racked up a 5-3 victory at Springfields on Saturday.
It was the ideal preparation for tomorrow's home clash with leaders Leeds.
Skipper Stu Fields and Matt Hyden swept Chester into a 2-0 lead, but Springfields battled back to lead 3-2 going into the half time break.
Chester dominated the second period, Hyden completing his brace and Welsh Under 17 international David Bond found the target twice.
Chester's second team lost 3-1 to Rhyl and District - Rob Mason scoring their only goal to take his personal tally to three in two games.
Runcorn's second string were too strong for Chester's fourths, running out 4-1 winners - Hall scoring for Chester. nChester Ladies warmed up for tomorrow's league trip to Sunderland with a friendly against Birmingham. The Midlands outfit are top of the division above and they turned in a good performance to win 2-0.
Chester captain Michelle Daltry hit the crossbar early on and her team just could not force the ball home, despite numerous attacks. Birmingham capitalised just before half time with a short-corner routine that left Chester in awe.
The second half was also an even affair, but Birmingham took their chance to make it 2-0.
There was better news for Chester's second team as they defeated Timperley 4-1. Chester took the lead early on with a goal from Tracy Hunt but Timperley equalised soon after.
Just before half time, Chester went ahead again when Mel Coulson finished off a well-worked short-corner. The win was secured with two late goals from Jill Parkinson and Claire Gledhill.
The ladies' third team were in fine form, defeating Macclesfield 7-1 in a friendly. Sarah Mallion (2), Sarah Underhill, Christine Warden (2) and Jane Bills (2) shared their goals.
New members are always welcome at Chester. Contact Tessa Whieldon on 07748660035, Tim Hewson on 07917191972 or visit www.chesterhc.org