HOCKEY: DESPITE having much of the possession, Ellesmere Port Ladies lost 3-1 at home to Northop Hall on Saturday.
Port were under pressure from the start with keeper Emma Johnson pulling off great saves. But she was unable to prevent Hall scoring midway through the first half when a loose ball broke kindly for them.
Port came back with a equaliser on the stroke of half-time after Artie Senior fed Sharon Steadman on the halfway line, who in turn took the ball to the top of the circle and forced the keeper into a fine save, with Charlotte Dodd pushing home the rebound.
In the second half, Port had more of the ball, with Charlotte Dodd hitting the post after a fine run and Sarah Ball causing problems with her weaving runs.
Port tired in the last ten minutes though and conceded two late goals. Bebington visited bottom-of-the-table Cheetham/Heywood and came away with a 3-1 victory, despite a disappointing performance.
They went behind after five minutes but equalised when Mark Wilkie scored from a Rich Little rebound.
They then took the lead on 30 minutes thanks to Little. Despite taking control in the second half, the away team found it difficult to create chances but were finally rewarded when Glen Costain found the net with 10 minutes left.
Bebington's second team recorded their first win of the season, also against Cheetham/Hey-wood. Will Spencer was the hat-trick hero in a 4-1 victory which also included a goal from Keith Millington.
The thirds travelled to Warrington and recorded an impressive 4-1 win. Bebington went ahead through Paul Seymour and followed this with two short-corner goals from James McKenzie before half-time. Kris Bark completed the victory with a goal in the second half.
The fourths played Northop Hall thirds in an evenly-matched game. They took the lead through Phil Read and increased it with a goal from Dave Wylde.
Northop came back just before half-time to go in 2-1 down. Bebington continued to press in the second half but got caught twice with breakaway goals and lost the game 4-2.
Bebington's fifth team struggled against Wilmslow seconds and were 3-0 down at half-time before losing 6-3.
The sixths shared the spoils against Warrington fourth team with Sam Thompson on target.