Director of rugby Nic Corrigan hopes the win over Ampthill has helped the Chester squad and supporters realise what the club can achieve.

Chester more than matched the National League Two North leaders at Hare Lane but were one point down with minutes to go.

Ampthill had been second best but looked set to make it seven wins from seven when the home side broke upfield and won a penalty in front of the posts.

Will Goodwin stepped up and landed the three-pointer to seal a thrilling 15-13 win for Chester, whose mascots were the club’s successful Lexus Rugby Tournament regional winning under 10s team.

 

Corrigan said: “I have never heard Hare Lane so loud and I think the momentum we built was down to the fans and the work we are doing within the club.

“I feel like the whole club finally connected with what it can be. The crowd was our 21st man and I hope the members don’t forget the day but then I hope they do because we need more days like that.

“It was one result in the season first and foremost and nothing was won or lost as a result of Saturday so we are not going to get carried away.

“We will keep our feet on the floor and get back to work and focus on the next game.”

Chester have now won three in a row and make the trip to Sedgley Park in Manchester on Saturday (2.30pm).

Sedgley Park lost 29-18 at Hull Ionians last weekend and a fourth straight win for Chester would take them above the Tigers in the table.

Mike Craven will return to the squad after six weeks out and George Nott (concussion) should be available.

Corrigan said: “For me, the approach throughout the week leading into the Ampthill game was about the two week period that we are in.

“It’s typical of the week in, week out challenge of National League rugby that we now have to get ready for another huge test this weekend in Sedgley Park.

“They beat us well twice last season and I think they will bring a very direct and typical National League style of rugby.

“We will respect them but we will play our own game and we have to believe that we can be one of the top teams in this league and approach the game with the right attitude, as we did last weekend.”

Chester said farewell to lock John MacKenzie following the Ampthill game after he decided to return to Scotland.

“When I arrived here John was in our second team but he took it on himself to work very hard and we are grateful for the service he has given to the shirt,” said Corrigan.

Christleton recorded a 34-24 win at Broughton Park 4ths in Division Three South.

Paul Graham crossed twice and scrum half Jim Taylor gave an assured performance for the Swans, who visit Winnington Park 2nds this week.

Chester 2nds won 38-8 at Burnage 2nds in the Bateman BMW Premier League and host Caldy 2nds on Saturday.

Helsby went down 33-14 at home to Capenhurst in South Lancs and Cheshire Division Three and travel to Congleton this weekend.