CHESTER controlled their Northern Division One clash with Manchester on their Commonwealth Games pitch at Belle Vue and ended up 2-0 victors.
The visitors struggled to make their dominance count early on against an experienced Manchester side but Stevie Hall eventually finished from close range in the first half.
Chester missed a series of chances until Stuart Field scored an inch perfect drag flick, inexplicably ruled out by the umpires.
Field then had a goal at the back post allowed to propel Chester back up into second place with promotion in their sights.
Chester host Rotherham this weekend.
The second team lost to Tameside Men’s 1sts despite goals from Ozzy, Ian Boothroyd and Gaz Thomas.
The game against top-ofthe-league Tameside ended 5-3 but Chester started well with debutant Ozzy opening the scoring.
Tameside soon scored a powerful penalty corner flick, two more penalty corners and an open play goal.
Then ‘Captain Marvellous’ scored before the break and, after it, Gaz Thomas blasted into the roof of the net, but Tameside scored another penalty corner.
Chester 3rds claimed a 2-1 victory over Tameside’s 2nds.
Two short corner goals were taken calmly in the first half by Sam Chapman and Dan Wilkinson. Players of the match were Warwick RyanBeswick and Chris Ormandy.
Chester 5ths beat Alderley Edge 5ths 2-1 with goals by John Logue and Tom Denby.
John Logue fired home a fierce shot after the re-start giving Chester the lead before Alderley replied, converting a short corner.
Tom Denby scored the winner following a deceptive short corner routine. MoM was Paul Walmsley.
Injuries and shortages further up the club meant Chester 6ths started with ten men in their 3-0 defeat to Timperley 5ths.
But their defence stood firm until 10 minutes from half time when Timperley took advantage of lax marking, scoring twice.
Chester Ladies 4ths were crushed 9-0 by a very strong Lymm 1sts side in one of their toughest games of the season.
Despite the heavy score line, there was good play from goalkeeper Sarah Richardson, and the second half saw a marked improvement with Liz Crawshaw working hard in defence and Jess Egan named player of the match.