STEVE Dorrington has tried to lighten the mood around Hare Lane this week in a bid to inspire a change of fortune for out-of-sorts Chester.
The club's director of rugby let his players 'have some fun' during training this week in the hope it would have a positive effect on the squad before tomorrow's trip to Westoe.
'We went in for a bit of team building in training,' said Dorrington. 'The spirit in the squad has always been there but we've not had any luck really. So we played some games and had a bit of fun in training to lighten things up.
'We tried to put a smile back on some faces.'
Last Saturday's 31-24 loss at West Park St Helens saw Chester's winless run in North One stretch to four games.
A late try condemned Dorrington's men to defeat after they had led twice.
'It could have gone either way and was a very close game,' added Dorrington.'
Chester's try-scorers on Saturday were Ian Brooks and Mike Gallimore, while Paul Brett kicked four penalties and a conversion.
North One newboys Westoe have won only once in the league so far this season, but it was an impressive victory - 31-6 at Birken-head Park.
Chester's only absentee will be full-back Steve Johnson, who sustained bumps and bruises when he fell off his motorbike last week. nWith no league fixture to play, Christleton entertained Wirral Veterans in a friendly and ran out 29-0 winners
Two Christleton players at different ends of the age scale had cause to celebrate, old boy Dom Adams going over for his 100th try and new boy John Powell registering his first. Tom Forester also scored with a pickup move from the base of the scrum, Gareth McMullen went over in the corner, John Porter crossed under the posts and Dave Taylor kicked two conversions.
Stu Day made a welcome return from injury after breaking his nose in pre-season training.
Captain John Porter said: 'It was a good team performance that pleased the supporters. We need to play like this in the more demanding games.'
Christleton are back in league action at Linley and Kidsgrove tomorrow (3pm).