Kettering 10 Chester 50
TOM Foden was in imperious scoring form on Saturday as Chester turned on the style to notch up their first away win of the season.
The Chester fly-half scored three tries and added a further 15 points with the boot to make it an afternoon to forget for Kettering.
From the kick-off, Chester went at Kettering with an intensity that the hosts were unable to match. Within three minutes, Foden had crossed the line for his first try, which he easily converted.
Kettering hit back with a penalty but the visitors responded with a try, No8 Ross White charging down a kick and scoring. Foden added the extras, then slotted over a penalty to keep his own points tally for the afternoon rattling along.
Although Chester were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes when Richie Moore was penalised for not rolling away at the tackle, it did not stop the away side.
A gut-busting run from veteran centre Simon Verbickas created panic in the home defence, leading to Foden’s second (converted) try of the afternoon.
Kettering made good use of the wind in the second half to pin Chester back and they clawed back some ground by scoring a converted try. But Chester’s response was swift and that man Foden danced over for another converted try – his third of the afternoon.
The next Chester try came from replacement Andy Moore, who collected a Simon Love pass and went over under the posts with Foden’s conversion a formality.
There was still time for the Hare Lane side to add a further two scores – one for young scrum-half James Farrell and the other for White.
Foden blotted his copybook by missing the final conversion – but everything else he had touched turned to gold as Chester celebrated a memorable victory.
Chester’s next Midlands One fixture is at home to South Leicester (2.15pm) tomorrow.
Eagle 12 Christleton 20
CHRISTLETON continued their recent good form with a hard-working win.
Their set plays worked well, Cousins and man of the match Holmes dominating the lineouts while Parkin Birch and Taylor were dominant in the scrums.
The platform set by the forwards led to a try from Graham Noble and a penalty kick in the first half.
After the break, Christleton had to make personnel changes due to injuries. But it did not knock them out of their stride as tries from Dan Holmes and speedster Dave Pugh completed the scoring.
Christleton host Moore tomorrow.
Helsby 10 Pt Sunlight 12
HELSBY let a 10-point lead slip on Saturday as they were unable to resist a Port Sunlight comeback.
The hosts got off to a good start when Kev Ryder converted a penalty after the opposition had been penalised for being offside at a ruck.
Helsby ensured they went into the break 10-0 to the good as flanker Tom Gregory registered a try, which Ryder converted.
The hosts, however, undid all their good work in the second period as Port Sunlight halved the deficit with a try.
They then sealed the win with a converted try and held firm in defence as Helsby attempted to fight back.
The hosts missed several penalties in the strong wind.