Chester 25 Kenilworth 15
KENILWORTH shrugged of the effects of their coach journey to be sharper out of the blocks and on a heavy Hare Lane pitch put Chester under a lot of pressure.
But Tom Foden kept calm as his side defended and his kicking slowly forced the opposition back in this Midlands One encounter.
When the visitors were then caught offside at a ruck Foden took his opportunity to kick an easy penalty for Chester to take the lead.
Straight from the restart Chester surged back into the opposition half, spurred on by their score, and when a hurried clearance kick was charged down by big second row Paddy Hughes the ball bounced into open space to allow winger Ed Chantler to feed Simon Verbickas for the centre to ghost over near the posts, Foden converting.
Kenilworth tried to hit back but squandered a penalty attempt, allowing fine kicking by both Foden and Verbickas to force them back into their own half.
With the away defence struggling to get back scrum-half James Farrell whipped the ball wide for winger Gareth Coy to score out wide.
The visitors launched another wave of attack and just before half- time got their reward as their number 8 pounced on a loose ball to score and allow an easy conversion.
With just enough time for the kick- off, Chester kicked long and from a quick lineout a well-rehearsed move saw captain Sean Green score in the corner.
After the interval Kenilworth kicked an early penalty to reduce the deficit.
Chester responded by opting to play the ball wide and Coy crashed over in the corner to score his second and secure the man-of-the-match award for himself.
Towards the end, however, Chester stopped playing their successful kicking game and went toe-to-toe with Kenilworth, allowing them back into the game.
When Chester’s Ross White was yellow carded Chester began to let the travelling side through to score a push-over try.
Head coach Rob Foden will demand a better display from his team tomorrow as they travel to Malvern.