CHESTER’S season petered out with a 6-2 loss at Doncaster 2nds in Division One of the Northern League on Saturday.
Andy Murphy’s men finished fifth in the table having given up on the promotion race last month.
While Chester 2nds finished with a 3-3 draw against Colwyn Bay, the 3rds battled out a 2-2 stalemate with Colwyn Bay 2nds.
Chester 4ths beat Bramhall 3rds 3-1 with a confident display. A slick move between Julian Bills and Craig Hockenhull set up Paul Mannion, who ran through at pace and fired a shot home.
The second was a great finish as Beswick and Phil Bridges set up Ian Evans, and Hockenhull then picked up a rebound to secure the points.
Chester 6ths were taken by surprise by Bramhall as the Mancunians battled for a 4-4 draw. Some good saves from player-of-the-season, keeper Chris Ward, were all that prevented Chester being beaten. They were 3-0 down when Ian Thomas scored to launch a Chester comeback.
As they settled down for the second half, Chester went 4-1 down but they did not panic, instead stepping up a gear.
They dominated the rest of the game and pulled back the deficit with goals from Greg Lawlor (2) and John Crinson.
Chester Ladies drew 3-3 in the North Women’s Premier League against Blackburn, but must beat bottom side Wigan in order to make sure Harrogate cannot overhaul them and force them into a promotion/relegation play-off against the second-placed team in Division One.
Chester Ladies 3rds drew 2-2 with Bebington in their final league game. Two exceptional goals from Tracy Hunt secured a point.
Chester Ladies 4ths lost 7-4 to Wilmslow.
Deeside Ramblers Ladies drew 1-1 with Timperley Ladies to maintain their unbeaten record, but effectively rule them out of the NWPL title race.
Springfields have a much greater goal difference and sit three points clear. A win last Saturday would have kept the title race alive, but Deeside only scored once, Rachel Dathan netting after a nice interception by Roe Symms.
Deeside Ramblers’ men’s first team rounded off their campaign on a losing note – going down 7-1 at home to University of Durham.