CHESTER fought back to win 4-3 at Doncaster on Saturday and followed that with a crushing victory in the HA Trophy.
The Yorkshiremen, previously un-beaten at home, won Saturday's first penalty corner and converted to take the lead. Chester showed little attacking prowess and needed to keep possession better.
The game was tight and the tackling and defensive work of both sides prevented further scoring.
The second half was only minutes away when Dave Newman picked up the ball in the Chester circle and began to drive until a home player infringed him. But, surprisingly, the umpire awarded a penalty corner against Chester from which Doncaster scored.
Tim Hewson scored his first goal of the season after the interval to peg one back and this was a catalyst for Chester. Pete Evans levelled the score before in the final 10 minutes Barry Murphy buried a slap-shot.
Man of the match Tim Davies created a chance for Pete Evans to make it 4-2 and Chester were looking for more until Evans was sent to the bin for a yellow card.
This gave Doncaster a chance and they scored with time running out.
Chester remain third after the top two sides also won. Chester play City of York tomorrow in the last game before the seasonal break.
On Sunday the firsts played in the HA Trophy and beat visiting Finchfield 9-1 with goals from Rob Mason (4), Pete Evans (2), Tim Davies, Matt Hyden and Andy Murphy. Man of the match in bitter conditions was Phil Roper.
The result puts Chester into round three and a home tie against Leicester Thursday in February.
Chester seconds played host to top-ofthe-league Preston who boasted an array of experienced attacking options and it showed in a 5-0 rout. Chester started out defending well and only conceded midway through the first half following an inspired Preston move.
However, they lost their star defender Andy Russell to hospital following a brave goal-line challenge. He has since been discharged with eight stitches, a fractured thumb and cheek bone.
In the second half Preston scored from two penalty corners and a fine deflection as they romped home. Chester, whose man of the match was Rob O'Gorman, travel to Morecambe this weekend.
The fourth team drew 3-3 with Llandudno firsts.
* Chester Ladies firsts were beaten 4-2 by Cannock.
The young Midlanders scored in the sixth minute, which shocked Chester. Pat Wells equalised with a penalty corner and player of the match Becky Horan had some good chances on goal.
Cannock came out in the second half hard with players attacking and dribbling with the ball a lot. Chester didn't close down fast enough which resulted in another goal early in the second half.
Chester didn't get their act together and allowed Cannock to net twice more. Becky Horan then showed composure and determination in the D when fouled and the umpire awarded a penalty flick. Wells stepped up and scored with ease in the 69th minute but it was too little too late.
The Ladies' seconds beat Macclesfield 5-0 with goals from Claire Gledhill (2), Debbie Roper, Sarah Underhill and Clare Martin.
Against Poynton the Ladies' thirds won 4-1.