Chester Gladiators put defeat on the opening day of the season behind them with an impressive 26-4 victory on the road at Woolston Rovers A.
Having kicked off the 2016 campaign with a 22-16 home defeat to Burtonwood Bridge, Chester travelled to Warrington to face a Rovers side full of confidence after thrashing of Wigan St Cuthberts 72-6. Woolston began well and opened the scoring with a converted try but that was as good as things got for the hosts with the Gladiators hitting back quickly and then taking the lead.
Teenage centre Daniel Munt crossed first with Joel Gibbs adding the extras to level the scores and loose forward Ben Stelmaszek went over next with Gibbs’ sucessful conversion giving the visitors a 12-6 advantage.
Chester increased that lead when Munt’s centre partner Jonny Rae touched down and further scores from Ryan Turner and Tom Bradfield along with another two points from the boot of Gibbs sealed the victory.
Woolston were not without their fair share of possession but the home side found the the Gladiators defence in no mood to concede further points with some big hits helping to keep Rovers out.
There’s no game this weekend for Chester owing to the Easter break and next up is the visit of Oldham-based side Fitton Hill on April 2.
On Sunday morning Chester Gladiators U7s and U11s teams stood up well to the challenge of facing bigger and more experienced opponents.
The U7s hosted Blackbrook Royals and were tireless in defence. In attack, Chester worked hard and were rewarded with three excellent tries with Taylor Cain scoring twice and Joseph Kearns once.
The U11s travelled to Oldham to take on Limehurst Lions and came up against a powerful team. Undeterred, Chester produced tackle after tackle and showed up well in attack with tries for Zach Brookes and Henry Boakes along with a conversion from Tamati Friday.