Chester 29 Northwich 0
TOP placed Chester gave the improving 'Blacks' a reality check and demonstrated in terms of fitness and technique where Paul Reid’s squad need to be to fulfil any aspirations of moving to a higher level.
Chester consolidated their position and are now clear favourites to return to North One, their home for the past few seasons. Man for man they just had the edge on their visitors and had Northwich not fought tooth and nail to compete a fifty pointer was on the cards. As it was the 'Blacks' did hold their own for long periods and had a certain Richard Dale try disallowed after the Northumberland referee Will Halford claimed he was unsighted. Northwich also gave as good as they got in the pack and came close with a few driving mauls but time after time the Chester defence held firm and for the second time this season the 'Blacks' worryingly failed to register a single point.
Northwich were insignificant in the first quarter and had no answer to the hosts driving mauls from which forwards Steve Roberts and Ross White scored tries before seasoned centre Simon Verbickas cut through to score Chester's third try. The normally reliant Tom Foden was unable to improve the tries and despite Northwich coming right back into the game Chester reached half time in a commanding and comfortable position.
Northwich had a solid second half during which all three replacements were used but they could not hold their superior hosts and conceded two further tries from Gareth Martin and Liam Lawton; Foden regained his composure and converted both to complete the scoring. Jamie Miritana emerged unscathed from his second half return and Adam Bown was the pick of the Northwich team.
Northwich by no means disgraced themselves and face a home encounter with Sandbach with a 'can win' approach this Saturday KO 2.15pm.
Northwich: Cartman, Fred Taylor, Davey (Gough 65), Heywood, Simpson (Miritana 40), Pattenden
(Robinson 60), James, Smith, Steve Taylor, Hayes, Dale, Naylor, Hoskings, Campbell (C), Bown.
The 2nds beat Sefton 17-11 at Moss Farm to keep their top spot. Donny Phillips scored two tries and Andy Chubb kicked two penalties and a conversion. The third team game was waterlogged.