CHESTER put thoughts of their impending Twickenham appearance on the back-burner tomorrow as they resume their challenge for the North Two West title.
Rob Foden’s men will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 20 matches when they host Sandbach at Hare Lane (3pm).
A win would put Chester one step closer to promotion back to North One, which is why head coach Foden is refusing to look ahead to next month’s EDF Intermediate Cup final showdown with Birkenhead Park at rugby HQ.
He said: “I cannot emphasise enough to the players how important it is to stay completely focused on the league and we must not take any of the three remaining league fixtures lightly.
“Sandbach are a much improved side who are playing with confidence which reflects their recent performances and sees them sitting fifth, equal on points with New Brighton.
“They have nothing to lose and will see this as their cup final and their opportunity to upset the league positioning.”
Chester beat Newport in their last outing to book a first ever trip to Twickenham.
Despite the final being one of the biggest games in the club’s 80-year history, Foden is not letting his players’ minds wander while promotion is still to be achieved.
Looking ahead to the Sandbach game, he added: “We will be well prepared and have no intention of losing our unbeaten home record.
“I am confident that we will continue to play the way we have recently and I am constantly asking the players to raise the bar in terms of their individual and collective performance.”
Chester’s Twickenham cup final kicks off at 10am on Saturday, April 12 and is the first of three games – the others being the EDF National Trophy at noon between Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints, and the EDF Energy Cup final between Leicester Tigers and Ospreys at 2.30pm.
Individuals can apply for their own tickets – covering all three matches – by filling in one of the forms being kept at the Hare Lane club bar.
Tickets can also be purchased online from Ticketmaster, but the club does not get a portion back on those sales.
They are priced at £45 for the East and West Stands or £30/£20 for the North and South Stands. Juniors (15 years and under) pay £10.
Leigh 6ths 32 Christleton 41: Christleton regained the winning form that has been missing of late at the weekend.
The whole team played with an air of confidence that transformed into an exciting display.
The visiting forwards dominated the scrums and line-outs, with Dan Holmes and Jim O’Reilly giving their opposite jumpers a hard time while the front row of Birch, Taylor and Parkin made the scrums a formality.
It was not all one way traffic, though, as Leigh refused to let Christleton get too far ahead.
The half-back combination of James Taylor and Chris Lightfoot gave centres Ant McCarthy and Dave Wright plenty of opportunities to break the gain line, with both bagging two tries.
Further tries from Ashley Salter and debutant Andy Coates sealed it, with Dave Taylor adding four conversions and a penalty.
The man of the match decision was a close-run affair, with Chris Parkin just edging it for his powerful ball-carrying and scrummaging.
Christleton’s next game is at Moore 2nds tomorrow.