HOCKEY: RUNCORN Ladies need just one point from their last game of the Cheshire Women's League Division Four season against Warrington to be crowned champions.
Sue Allen hit her 50th campaign goal as the Moughland Lane team came from behind to rout third-placed Didsbury Northern 5-1.
On losing the toss, Runcorn had first push back but Didsbury dominated the early exchanges to take a 15th-minute lead.
It was not long, however, before Runcorn equalised as Alex Shaw blasted home from the top of the 'D' after an impressive run.
Just before the break, Runcorn took the lead through top scorer Allen.
Kate Wozniack, Karen Jones and Sam Maher worked a triangular move for Allen to score again.
Allen was clearly on a mission and bagged another goal shortly after, making the score 4-1 to Runcorn and bringing up her half century. Sam Maher scored the final goal. Chester 3rd 11 Runcorn Men 2nd 0: Runcorn were humbled as Chester clinched promotion from North West League's Division Six South.
Due to numerous absences, Run-corn could only field nine players against the top-of-the-table side.
From the first whistle, Chester's crisp passing and constant work rate created opportunities and they soon opened the scoring.
The score quickly became 3-0 as Moss, in goal, and valiant defenders Walker and Partridge had no answer to the relentless waves of attack.
Midway through the first half, Chester were awarded two flicks and missed both. They still wrapped up the half smartly, taking a 6-0 lead into the interval.
The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Runcorn play their best hockey of the afternoon.
Partridge was moved up front, and a number of chances were fashioned by O'Brien, Weaver, Shallcross and Jones as Hodgson and Corke continued to chase down the Chester defence relentlessly.
Sadly, tired legs showed in the last few minutes as Chester began to run up the score.
This Saturday, Runcorn 2nd complete their home schedule with a tricky game against second-placed Triton.
In other action, Runcorn 1st drew a bad-tempered affair with Glaxo 2-2 - all but mathematically ensuring survival in NW Division Three.
The 3rds lost a dramatic game 5-4 against Deeside Ramblers, but stay third in NW Division Nine South.