HOCKEY: CHESTER Ladies went to Preston Leyland in the National League on Saturday and outclassed their opponents to win 4-0.
Chester were always the better side but it took time for them to warm up. Pat Wells converted a deserved penalty stroke before half-time to give them the lead, and in the second half, Donna Jones scored from open play before Debbie Roper and Sam Quek converted great goals from short corners.
Chester seconds shared four goals in a physical clash with Sale. Claire Gledhill put Chester in front but Sale managed to pull one back from a short corner just before half-time.
Chester had a penalty flick saved and a superb strike from Gledhill hit the crossbar, before Sale went ahead with a dubious goal after the ball had clearly crossed the back line.
Seconds from the end, Chester converted a short corner with a deflection by Jilly Parkinson to earn the draw - which the least they deserved.
Chester fourths hit Wilmslow thirds for six without reply in a friendly, goals coming from Helen Coomber, Juliette Old (2), Emma Blair, Jenny Watters and Rachel Perry.
Chester's men drew 1-1 with Kingston-upon-Hull. It didn't take long for Chester to break the deadlock. Chris Bowles' sensational run into the D and his smart pass ended in Rob Mason scoring his eighth of the season.
Chester continued to create chances despite being reduced temporarily to 10 men after captain Thombs was sin-binned. With a minute on the clock, Matthew Hyden was sin-binned for the third time this year for deliberately slowing up the play. Hull drilled the ball upfield into Chester's D and managed to scramble it home. Originally disallowed, the umpire changed his mind and the goal stood.
Chester fourths lost 2-0 to Rhyl seconds, the fifths crashed 8-0 to Llandudno firsts and the sixths were beaten 3-1 by Sale fourths, Ian Bones scoring their goal.
Top performers for Deeside Ramblers were the ladies' firsts, who bagged nine goals in two games. In the league, they beat Rosebury 2-0 with goals from Bex Clarke and in the Cheshire Cup on Sunday, they beat South Cheshire 7-1 with four goals from Sarah Arden.
Ramblers' men had a good start at Doncaster and went on to win 5-2 with a Jimmy Lewis double and other goals from James Hill, Stu Roberts and Leslie Bolland.
Ramblers' seconds went into second place in their league with a 3-3 draw against Urmston firsts, Phil Brown, Henry Mumme-Young and Lee Wakfield on target.
Keith Hindley (2), Phil Johnson and Steve Thompson scored for Ramblers' fourths, but they went down 8-4 against Bowdon fifths with goalkeeper Andy Lear in top form.
Peter Cope was the fifth-team scorer in a 1-1 draw with Winnington Park thirds, and Clem Mellor, Mark Andrews and Julian Osborne were on the mark in a 3-3 draw for the sixth team against Northern thirds.
Ramblers' veterans reached the next round of the National Cup by beating Kingswinford 5-4. Mike Cope scored twice and Geoff Lath-am and Phil Brown were also on the score-sheet.
Ramblers men host Springfield tomorrow.