CHESTER'S chronic lack of forward power was ruthlessly exposed by third-placed Westoe at Hare Lane on Saturday.
The loss makes Chester's next game, against Stockport a week tomorrow, a real crunch clash as they fight to avoid relegation from North One.
Most of Westoe's points on Saturday came from four rolling mauls which resulted in tries.
Player/coach said Matt Farr: 'We are still suffering from a lack of weight in the pack and it showed.
'Against Altrincham the previous week we were awesome but Westoe are third for a reason. They have a huge pack and use it well.
'They defend well too. When we got the ball out to our wingers there were four opportunities where we could have had tries in the first half alone, but Westoe did well to snuff them out.
'We have a free weekend now but we have to win the rest of our games, which I believe we can do, to stay up. '
Chester's only points on Saturday came from a converted try from Sean Green.
* Christleton took on Christleton College of Law in a friendly on Saturday and lost 17-14. College fielded a mix of old boys and students, some of which have played or still play for Christleton, making for a bruising but interesting encounter.
College led by a penalty at half-time and increased their lead early in the second period, with a converted try.
Christleton increased their work-rate and were rewarded with a Matt Lewis solo try, Dave Taylor adding the conversion.
College restored their lead before Lewis scored his second try after some great work in the backs. James Taylor added the extras.
Man-of-the-match Graham Noble stood out in his efforts to lift Christleton, but it was to no avail as College won by three points.