HOCKEY: CHESTER Ladies moved into third place in the National League's Premier Three Division with a 3-1 victory over Aldridge on Saturday.
Kim Youdan opened the scoring from a short corner routine, and the second goal was a precision shot from Fran O'Neil.
The third came from open play as Sarah Mealor skilfully lifted the ball over the keeper.
Aldridge tried to hit back for a draw, but succeeded in putting only one goal past the Chester keeper who was solid throughout.
Chester go to Letchworth tomorrow. Chester seconds beat Acton 4-2 and had a flying start with two early goals from Claire Gledhill who went on to complete her hat-trick.
A slight blip in the Chester defence let Acton pull one back just before half time, but they responded through Lucy Hull who scored her first goal for Chester with a great deflection from a Gledhill cross before Acton added a second goal.
Chester thirds cruised to a 3-0 win over Bollington with two goals from Tracey Hunt and a reverse stick shot from Jane Bills.
Despite playing with just 10-men because of illness Chester men's thirds beat South Cheshire thirds, thanks to two goals from Dan Hill and a late strike from Mark Harnden.
Chester fourths went down 4-1 to Deeside Ramblers, Evans scoring their goal and the fifths lost to Wilmslow seconds by the same score. Simon Nichol hit the consolation goal.
Chester sixths were crushed 12-0 by Bowdon, who were flattered by the scoreline.
Deeside Ramblers' men's firsts missed a fine opportunity to go top of their league when they were beaten 2-1 at Tynemouth on a day when rivals Preston also lost.
Even without three key players Ramblers should have been good enough to win, but had only a Hedley Pollard goal to show for their efforts.
The seconds suffered their second successive defeat when they went down 2-1 to Alderley Edge, Steve Cheshire scoring their only goal, but the thirds beat Bolton seconds 2-0 with two goals from Andy Griffith.
Geoff Latham (2), Ben Jones and Keith Hindley earned the fourths a 4-1 victory against Chester and a Barclay Venables double clinched a 2-2 draw for the fifths against Wrexham thirds.
Brooklands Badgers field Olympic gold medallist Martin Grimley, but even he couldn't prevent Ramblers Badgers winning 2-0 with two Tom Fearnall strikes.
Bex Clarke scored for the ladies' first team in a 2-1 defeat by Nelson Ladies who were foiled on several occasions by goalkeeper Catherine Forshaw.
The thirds were held to a goalless draw by Poynton in a top-class game. Ruth Fearnall, Clare Davies and substitute Emma Saunders were outstanding.
The top matches at Tiverton tomorrow are the ladies seconds against Lancaster (1.30pm) and the men's seconds against Wigan (3pm). ON THE ATTACK: Ally Cretney in a threatening position for Chester and District as he gets away from Whitchurch marker Willow Smallbone at the King's School on Saturday. Chester won 7-0. Pictures by VICTORIA TETLEY. VT27112004HOCKEY-006