BOLTON provided Chester 1sts with their first away win in the North Hockey Men’s League Division One this season.
Chester bagged a 1-0 success on the road to lift them into fourth spot.
In Kukri North West Hockey League Division Two, Chester 2nds suffered a 4-1 reverse at home to Preston.
And it was even worse for the 3rds in Kukri North West Hockey League Division Five South as they slumped to a 6-2 home defeat at the hands of Lymm 1sts.
Chester 4ths, in Kukri North West Hockey League Division Six South, fell at Triton 2nds 4-2.
They travelled to Alsager with two late cry-offs which hit team selection and fell behind to a lucky shot that somehow crept past the keeper.
Worse was to follow as a poorly struck corner bobbled past the keeper and evaded the man on the line to give Triton a two-goal lead.
Chester competed vigorously and were denied by two fine saves by the keeper and an astonishing stop on the line by a defender who saved what appeared to be a certain goal.
Finally, Daf Jones, standing in for the absentees, scored an excellent flicked goal to give Chester hope.
Sadly, unable to convert their chances, Chester then saw Triton add two more goals – both scored in the wake of controversial refereeing decisions – before skipper Richard Nicholas drove a corner in for a consolation goal.