Chester Gladiators produced a strong second-half performance to claim a fine 40-28 victory at Bold Miners in North West Men’s League Division Three.
Boasting a much bigger pack, Miners had the better of the first 40 minutes and built up a 24-12 lead at the break but despite injuries leaving Chester’s bench light, the visitors turned the game on its head in the second period, winning the half 28-4 to secure the two points.
Prop Billy Forrester continued his impressive form as crossed for a double to open his account for the club while hooker Tom Roberts chipped in with a brace. Further scores from Jonny Rae, captain Mark Kingsley and the returning Lee Rusowicz, who showed a clean pair of heels to the defence as he raced clear, wrapped up the win along with four conversions from Joel Gibbs and two from Dylan Rowe.
Following the game, head coach Adam Turner said: “Bold were one big, physical side and had a massive bench also. We looked small but played some very smart rugby especially in the second-half.
“We had a couple of decisions go against us too but there was a lot of really good stuff and that along with the performance against Wigan St Judes in our previous game indicates we’re starting to get to grips with this league.”
Chester welcome Widnes Tigers to The Cheshire County Sports Club on Saturday in the NWML Trophy. Kick-off is 2.30pm and admision is free.
Meanwhile, Chester’s U9s and U11s team were in action over the weekend too and both put on fantastic displays of rugby league.
The U9s visited Golborne Parkside for an entertaining contest between two well-matched teams with Alex Woodbury and Nathan Critchley among the scorers.
Up against Accrington Wildcats, the U11s never took a backward step and crossed for three tries from Connor Davies, John Lally and Alexander Moss with Reuben Sharp adding a conversion.
The club, which has two senior sides and teams for U7s, U8s, U9s and U11s along with plans for U13s and U15s, welcomes new players at all age groups. For more details text 07512 355396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.