Dave Craven has called on the Chester squad to adopt the right attitude for the testing trip to Harrogate on Saturday (2pm).

Craven took over as director of rugby after the departure of Nic Corrigan and steered his troops to a 42-10 home win over Leicester Lions last weekend.

Having lost his first game in charge to leaders Hull Ionians, Craven was delighted to get a win on the board.


Craven said: “We knew Hull Ionians would be very strong opponents so that was always going to be a tough game but our effort was excellent and did not reflect the result.

“We know that we can play rugby and brought that out on Saturday against Leicester so now we have to keep that going.

“I would say we performed for 60 of the 80 minutes and we started really well.

“We went off the boil a little bit towards the end and had a yellow card that didn’t help so that was when Leicester scored some points but it was a good win.”

Rhys Hayes gave Chester a dream start on Saturday when he touched down with less than a minute on the clock.

George Nott then crossed and Will Goodwin converted to make the score 12-0.

Goodwin knocked over a couple of penalties before the Lions landed a three-pointer themselves to go into the break 18-3 down.

Goodwin extended the lead when he converted his own score shortly after the restart and then added a penalty to put his well in command.

Leicester reduced the deficit with a converted score but a Sean Green effort and penalty try wrapped up a comfortable win.

Chester remain third in the National League Two North table, seven points ahead of Sedgley Park in fourth.

Craven and his squad go to seventh-placed Harrogate this weekend to take on a side that have won five from six on home turf.

“Harrogate on an even footing with ourselves and it’s going to a tough game up there for sure,” said Craven.

“We have to make sure that we travel there with the right attitude.”

Christleton recorded an emphatic 74-5 win at home to Lymm 3rds to keep themselves top of Division Three South.

Up next for the Swans is a home game with Broughton Park 3rds on December 6.

Chester 2nds celebrated a fine 30-12 success at Fylde 2nds in the Bateman BMW Premier League.

Chester, who are fourth in the league, travel to Birkenhead Park 2nds for a cup fixture on Saturday.

Helsby did not have a game and travel to Knutsford in South Lancs and Cheshire Three this weekend.