AFTER a good start to their North Hockey League Division One campaign, Chester maintained their momentum at City of Manchester on Saturday by winning 3-2.
Chester started the stronger and within a few minutes were 1-0 up after a classy goal from Stuart Field. Marv Sowdon stepped up to bury a short corner and double their advantage but Manchester hit back on the break.
Chester were still in positive mood going into the second half and the two-goal cushion was soon restored thanks to a superb flick by Field from a penalty corner. Manchester continued to press, however, and got a second after a defensive error.
Tomorrow, Chester entertain City of York.
Chester 2nds lost 2-0 to visitors Prescot. Chester dominated much of the game, creating chances but failing to produce the goods.
Man-of-the-match Olly Snowden hit the target in Chester 5ths’ 1-1 draw with South Cheshire 4ths, while Chester 6ths lost 8-4 at home to Winnington Park 4ths.
Mel Coulson got the all-important goal for Chester Ladies at Timperley as they drew 1-1 in the Northern Premier. Credit also went to goalkeeper and player-of-the- match Kirstie Sneyd, who kept Chester in it with crucial saves. Tomorrow they host Blackburn Northern.
Fellow Premier Division outfit Deeside Ramblers Ladies defeated Poynton 2nds 3-0. Ramblers took their scoring opportunities well against a young Poynton side.
Amy Brickland made an immediate impact, getting the final touch in a goal-line scramble for Ramblers’ opener. Claire Pearson doubled the advantage from a Katie Saunders pass and Deb Kay sealed the win in the second half.
On Sunday, Ramblers knocked visitors Stourport Ladies out of the All England Cup 3-2. After the hosts fell behind, Brickland scored to equalise and Pearson gave Deeside the lead but Stourport came back.
In extra time, Pearson slipped the ball to Becky Andrew who fired home the golden goal winner.
Ramblers’ men’s first team travelled to Kingston-upon- Hull and returned 5-1 winners. They are now one of only three sides – Bowdon and Preston are the others – to have taken maximum points in the Northern Premier Division this season.
Hedley Pollard finished twice at Kingston with Russell Hornby and Ghanzafar Ali (2) also scoring. Ramblers face Preston tomorrow aiming to hand them their first defeat.
Ramblers 2nds slipped to a 5-1 defeat at home to Wilms- low. They took the lead through a neat penalty corner goal from David Cheshire. But that was the high point as Wilmslow relentlessly attacked and pressurised and the Ramblers buckled.
Deeside 7ths drew 1-1 with Sale, Mike Verity scoring to earn Deeside’s first point of the campaign.