CHESTER'S winning run came to an end at Cleckheaton but they will be disappointed in that they had this game won only to see a spirited Cleckheaton take the game in the final 20 minutes.
Chester took the game to Cleck from the off and, for 30 minutes, they camped in the Cleck half but their only reward was a drop goal by Murray King. Penalties were awarded against Chester for numerous infringements which allowed Cleck to clear their line time after time.
It came as no surprise that the only time Cleck managed to get into the Chester half, a fine break by John Bently resulted in a converted try.
A King penalty reduced the score to 7-6 and a fine tackle by Parsley stopped a certain try just on half-time.
The second half started with Gavin Taylor replacing the injured Will Potts and, once again, Chester were asking all the questions. A fine break by Johnson saw the final pass go to ground.
Chester were now in Cleck territory and quick ball allowed Parry to break their line to put Johnson under the posts, King converted.
An up and under by Johnson caused problems for Cleck and Chester were awarded a penalty, which King slotted over to put Chester 16-7 in front.
Everyone at the match must have felt that Chester now had this game won, but someone forget to tell the Cleck players. From a Chester scrum, they won the ball and, soon after, their number seven made a fine break to put their MoM Dudley in for a score, converted.
Cleck now had belief that they could win this game and Chester were finding it difficult to stop their forwards, a rolling maul from 30 yards out ended in Cleck crossing the whitewash for the winning score.
A penalty on full-time put the icing on the cake for Cleckheaton.
The Walker Smith and Way MoM for Chester was the skipper Geraint Parry. Chester host Morley on Saturday, 2.30pm kick-off.