HOCKEY: CHESTER Ladies were on form once again as they beat Swansea 3-2.
The home side's first goal was a skilfully deflected shot by Claire Gledhill after a precision pass by Sarah Mealor.
The game continued at great pace and an error by the South Walians enabled Pat Wells to convert a penalty stroke.
After half-time, Swansea challenged hard and scored from a short-corner routine to make it 2-1. Gledhill then struck again with a fantastic strike from the edge of the circle to restore Chester's two-goal advantage.
The gutsy opponents never surrendered though and they managed to pull another goal back. But stunning saves from home keeper Gemma Ible made sure Chester took the honours.
Chester men's first team didn't quite fair so well. They were beaten 4-1 by Kingston-upon-Hull in front of their biggest crowd this season.
Things started well when Chester took an early lead through Rob Mason, who struck a short corner sweetly which was too powerful for the Hull keeper to stop.
However, Hull rallied and the scoreline was soon even. The Chester goalkeeper Paddy Bingham made numerous saves from a flurry of shots, but despite his best efforts and those of the defence, the ball sneaked in from a narrow angle.
After the break, Chester failed to retain possession and were punished. Chester now have three weeks off to recuperate after a gruelling first half of the season. The side will also welcome back influential players Ian Boothroyd and Russell Anderson in the new year. The pair have been ruled out through a holiday and a freak injury.
Deeside Ramblers seconds beat their Chester counterparts 6-4. Mike Williams (2), Justin Newboy, Phil Brown, Lee Wakefield and Steve Cheshire were the Ramblers scorers.
Ramblers thirds hammered Chester 9-1, although Chester were very much under strength on the day. Phil Johnson scored three while Charlie Henry, Steve Cooper, Phil Winwood and Tim Salt were also on the mark.
There was further room for gloating when Deeside fourths also beat Chester 4-1. Keith Hindley, Arthur Fearnall and Tim Diggle all scored. Chester's goal came when Hughes diverted a hard cross into King's goal. Bond and Lewis worked tirelessly, Evans groaned in increasing desperation and Chapman foraged with intent but little impression was made on the Ramblers goal.
And it was four out of four for Deeside when the fifths also won 4-1.
Ramblers' sixth team lost 4-3 at home to Lytham St Annes while the ladies went down to a 2-0 defeat against Whitley Bay.