BANGOR City remain just above the North West Hockey League Division Five South relegation zone after going down 3-0 at home to title-chasing Chester 4's.

It was City who bossed possession during the first half and they created the majority of chances. Harri Evans had a shot saved early on, while Harry Carlton-Jones twice went close at the back post. 'Tats' Greenhalgh, Jack Brookes and Ash Hardaker had further chances, but were denied by the imposing Chester keeper.

And the visitors capitalised on City's missed chances to take the lead from a short corner in the final action of the half.

Chester's ill-discipline saw them receive two green cards and one yellow during the first half, and their dissent lead to a further two yellow cards in the second half. City also received two yellow cards of their own during the match, one for dissent and one for a foul.

Hardaker, Evans and Brookes had further chances after the break as City looked for an equaliser, but again, the Chester goalkeeper kept their attempts out.

To Bangor's credit, the match remained in the balance for much of the second half, but it was Chester who finished strongly and they got the all important second goal on 55 minutes after a slick move.

And with the away side in the ascendancy in the closing stages, they added a third to lend a more flattering look to the scoreline.

Tenth-placed Bangor travel to 11th-placed Alderley Edge 5s next Saturday, in what may prove to be a crucial relegation six-pointer. Pushback 12pm.