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Chester RUFC: Nic Corrigan's men back on form but still 'too kind'

Chester RUFC 62 Bromsgrove 7

Chester's Guy Ford was on the scoresheet in Saturdays Hare Lane win over Bromsgrove(Image: Spencer Cameron Photography)

After suffering three defeats on the bounce, Chester returned to winning ways in the league with a convincing victory over lowly Bromsgrove.

Nic Corrigan’s young side put in an impressive display at Hare Lane on Saturday as they dismantled their struggling visitors with relative ease.

Head coach Corrigan had demanded to see more character from his side following defeats to Luctonians, Darlington Mowden Park and Hull in National League 2 North in recent weeks, and his players responded, taking the game to the visitors from the off.

Two tries apiece for James Mitchell and Pete Rees were added to by Will Nelson, Will Bown, Nathan Rushton, John Mackenzie and Guy Ford crossing the whitewash.

Luke Gray was in impressive form as he kicked seven conversions to put the seal on an welcome victory for the hosts, who dominated throughout.

Corrigan said: “I was quite happy with how we did on Saturday but one of the criticisms I had is that we weren’t as ruthless as we should have been and were too kind to Bromsgrove if I’m honest.

“After suffering three losses on the bounce it was nice to get back to winning ways, however.

“What pleased me was the performance of the two under 18s out there, Harrison Vare and Karl Joseph, who both showed some great promise and played the game well.”

Corrigan has thrown down the gauntlet to his Chester charges for the remainder of the campaign and has warned his squad that they are playing for their futures as the club looks to build on what has been a strong first season in National League 2 North.

“We need to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can – the way we started it,” said Corrigan.

“I’ve been clear to the players that they’re playing for contracts for next season.

“The displays over the past few weeks have crystallised my thoughts on some players and their ability to stay in this squad for next season.

“I am looking for people who go the extra mile for the team and that will be a big factor in the recruitment process at the end of this season.

“I want to see us secure a top-six finish. That would be viewed as a successful season.

“Anything else that we achieve, whether it be top-five or otherwise, will be a bonus.”

Chester are back in league action this Saturday when they travel to eighth-placed Harrogate (3pm).

Chester 2nds gave their chances of finishing in the top-four of the BMW Bateman Conference B a boost as they registered a 29-15 triumph from their trip to Manchester to face Burnage 2nds.

Christleton put in a strong performance as they scored a 33-14 home triumph over Anselmians 2nds on Saturday to move them up to seventh in Divison Three South.

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