HOCKEY: CHESTER came out on top in the hard-fought ladies' derby clash with Deeside Ramblers at Tiverton on Saturday.
In the first 10 minutes, Deeside put away a goal through Sarah Arden after a short-corner routine and the game continued from end to end with both teams playing some great hockey and Chester goalkeeper Gemma Ible making some great saves.
A short-corner routine for Chester allowed Sam Queck to score from a deflection to make the score 1-1 at half-time. Competition was fierce after the break, but Chester managed to stay composed and step the game up another level.
During the last 15 minutes, Chester were awarded a free hit and an accurate ball into Helen Rolfe resulted in a second goal. At 2-1, Chester kept control until the last five minutes, in which Deeside were awarded three short corners in a row. None were converted and Chester won to stay top of the league.
The second and third-team matches were postponed.
Chester fourths went down 6-0 to a strong Chester College side. Goal-keeper Kirsty Sneyd was player-ofthe-match.
Chester seconds came from behind to draw 3-3 with South Cheshire with goals by Selley, Tookey and Harvey and the thirds lost 3-1 to Alderley Edge after Andy Patterson had given them the lead Chester fourths beat Crewe 2-1, thanks to goals by Jugen Fenney (penalty) and Geoff Hall, and the sixths shared six goals with City of Manchester thirds, thanks to Simon Nichol, Pete Cunnington and John Crinson.
Chester Badgers took on an older Northop Hall side and did well to force a goalless draw.
Anyone interested in playing hockey at Chester can contact Janet Bickle on 01606 781931 or Ian Boothroyd on 01244 318805, or visit the website at www.chesterhc.org
Deeside Ramblers men's first team had a six-goal thriller with Preston, who were 2-0 ahead at the break. William Mumme-Young pulled one back at a short corner, only for Preston to restore their two-goal advantage.
That sparked relentless Deeside pressure in the last 20 minutes and a deserved point came from goals by Jimmy Lewis and Steve Hill.
The seconds comfortably beat Cheetham Heywood 4-0, Mark Cook-son, Phil Brown (2) and Ed Lowe on target.
The thirds beat Wilmslow 3-1, but the fourth team went down 3-1 to Warrington thirds with only a Steve Cheshire goal to show for their efforts.
In a dour encounter, the sixth team beat South Cheshire thirds 1-0, Roger Taylor on the mark.
Deeside Beavers put up a good show against Northern, despite being without several regulars, and were beaten 2-0. Rory Little and Josh Guy were the stars.
Ramblers' seconds crashed 5-1 to Broone firsts, Wendy Mason the scorer. Kate Etherington, newly-promoted from the thirds, caught the eye.
At home tomorrow are the ladies' seconds (1.30), while the men's seconds meet neighbours Chester at 3pm.
Anyone wanting details about Deeside Ramblers can contact Howard or Dilys Dodds on 01244 300392.