HOCKEY: CHESTER Ladies found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline when they faced Sunderland at Upton on Saturday.
It was the Cheshire club's second English League North Division defeat of the season.
Sunderland, relegated from the division above last season, profited from a lack of discipline in the Chester defence for their first goal.
Chester fought back and had numerous shots but they could not find the back of the net.
The visitors hit another before the break and added three further goals after the restart.
Chester keeper Gemma Ible made some fantastic saves to keep the score down.
There was better news for Chester's second team as they defeated Whitchurch 3-2 in their first league game of the season.
Whitchurch went 2-0 ahead but Chester pulled one back just before half time with a rare goal from Fiona Tamblyn-Jones.
A much-improved second half saw Chester go on to win the match with goals from Jill Parkinson and Tracey Hunt.
Chester thirds were held to a 1-1 draw by Bowden fourths.
A physical and hard fought game started with a neatly converted first half goal from Dawn Nancollas-Doyle, but Bowden hit back before half time.
Chester's men bounced back from their opening defeat to Doncaster in North League Division One with a 3-1 home victory over Tynemouth.
The visitors took the lead against the run of play. But Chester were keen to hit back quickly and did so through goals from Andrew Tookey, Rob Mason and Chris Bowles.
Good performances from Dave Newman, Ian Evans and the forward line made the difference.
The reorganisation of the league served up an inter-club derby between Chester's third team and their fourths, with the thirds coming out 3-1 winners.
The thirds started brightly, scoring in the first 15 minutes from a short corner from Grant McIntyre and then extended their lead through Alan Watts just before half time.
In the second half the fourths started a comeback by scoring but the thirds sealed the game through a tap in from Watts.
Chester's fourth team lost 5-3 at Tameside, where they never recovered from going 3-0 down in the first half.
Captain Feeney demanded a more positive approach at half time and led from the front, showing pace and a swift exchange of passes with Stuart Wood to claim a goal back for Chester.
Wood netted again and Andy Wilson slammed a late penalty flick past the Tameside keeper, but it was too little to late for the away side.
Chester Veterans lost 1-0 in a hard-fought match against York.
The game should have been won by Chester but Carl Lee missed a penalty stroke and Keith Roper squandered an excellent opportunity.
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