Chester 0 Romney 29
IT IS easy to dismiss this as merely a practice match designed for both teams to test various players and combinations.
But no game between English and Welsh clubs is played in anything but a competitive manner and this was no different.
Both clubs fielded at least 20-25 players and rolling substitutions were the order of the day.
Romney showed their forward prowess and for the first time in four seasons home supporters had the spectacle of a Chester scrum going backwards.
This forward dominance was converted into three tries before half-time with the South Walians well on top.
Some woeful Chester tackling let Romney in again before half-time leaving the score at 0-22.
In fact, the only area of doubt over the Romney performance all afternoon was their kickers who, particu -larly when the weather got wetter, had a poor day of it.
Continuing changes in the Chester team saw various combinations and at times Chester held their own in the second half against the Romney pack.
Unfortunately, they were unable to turn this into any continued posses -sion allowing time for the backs to shine.
Chester coach Ginge Willssawalot more of individual ability and the team performance through the course of this particular 80 minutes than he will do in training.
Few players shone for Chester,al-though new hooker Robert Bishop and prop Giles Hazelton clearly relished playing at Hare Lane, while stalwarts Mike Davies, Jason Goulding and Andy Sanderson showed the coach that they should make up the back bone of his squad.
The team was skippered by Gareth Sanger who almost left Chester for Pontypridd.
He led the team by example and can be pleased in his first outing with his new responsibility.
The game gave the Chester squad something to think about and work on and despite the result was a good workout against a club from a league two levels higher than their own.
Chester's friendly match against Birkenhead Park on Tuesday was postponed and will now be played next Tuesday (6pm).