IT was a draining weekend for Chester Ladies as they lost in the North Division and crashed out of the National Cup after a brave performance.
A superb solo goal from Michelle Daltry saw Chester take a 1-0 lead against Liverpool Sefton on Saturday, but the Merseysiders hit back with three goals after the break to take the points.
A big crowd turned out to watch Chester entertain Sutton Coldfield in the cup.
Chester sunk an early goal from a short corner routine which Rachel Thomas converted with ease.
The match then became increasingly more physical and green and yellow cards were handed to both teams frequently.
Just before the break, Sutton Coldfield equalised and, after a goal-less second half, the tie went into extra time.
There were no further goals in extra time either so the match went to a penalty shoot-out, which Chester lost 4-2.
Chester's second team drew 3-3 with Sale, who went 2-0 up early on.
Goals from Alex Gill and Elayne Brown had Chester level by half time and, although Sale went ahead again, Claire Gledhill levelled.
Chester keeper Kirstie Sneyd pulled off some outstanding saves to earn the player of the match award.
Chester's thirds were not tested too much as they overcame Macclesfield 7-1 in a friendly thanks to goals from Jess Egan (2), Sarah Underhill (2) and Claire Martin (3). nChester's men's team lost 5-0 to Leeds in North League Division One.
Leeds broke the deadlock after about 15 minutes and doubled their tally before the interval.
Chester were on top after the break but could not convert any of their chances.
Leeds went on to score three more and, to add insult to injury, Chester's Conrad Bromley was sent off.
Chester's fourth team were 5-1 winners over Llandudno.
The Cheshire side buckled down, playing in a disciplined fashion and keeping the ball moving through the midfield to their roving forwards. nNew members are always welcome at Chester Hockey Club. For further information, contact Tessa Whieldon on 07748660035, Tim Hewson on 07917191972 or visit www.chesterhc.org