CHESTER got back on track in their North One promotion bid to chalk up a much-needed victory against struggling Aspatria on the day leaders Bradford & Bingley slipped up at Sheffield.
Once the rain stopped, the wind dropped and the sun came out, the afternoon turned out to be ideal for playing rugby.
Chester took only eight minutes to open their account when Ben Foden took a quick penalty in the Chester 22 and, after a series of well-executed passes, Neil Parsley scored under the posts. Murray King converted.
Chester then put a lot of pressure on Aspatria very close to their line.
A quick ball to the right wing from a scrum saw Geraint Parry fly over the line to score, with King again converting.
The visitors came back with a vengeance to put three penalties over the posts in 12 minutes, leaving the half-time score at 14-9.
The beginning of the second half saw Matt Bellamy break away before giving the ball to Steve Burke. He passed to Richard Hughes who, after a marathon run, put the ball down over the line. Another conversion for King followed.
Parsley scored his second when Gavin Woods gave him very quick ball from a Chester scrum, with King again adding the extra points.
Ben Foden took a quick tap penalty soon after and scored, again converted by King, and the backs, who had come alive since half-time, made the most of any space they were given.
Aspatria added three points with a penalty, only for Hughes to answer with a try, converted by Tom Fode in the absence of the substituted King.
Burke then showed his fitness when he broke away and passed the ball to Jim Lyle, who scored under the posts.
In the final minutes, Parsley completed his hat-trick after running half the length of the pitch. Fode converted.