Chester 15 Broughton Park 6
CHESTER’S forwards thrived in the damp conditions at a rain-swept Hare Lane on Saturday to power past Broughton Park in the Intermediate Cup.
With the floodlights on from the start, it was a credit to both teams that the standard of rugby on show was of such a high standard.
Chester coach Rob Foden, whose side return to league action at Leigh tomorrow, was quick to praise the effort his forwards put in.
He said: “Throughout the game our forwards kept the pressure on Broughton Park and did not allow them the opportunity to create any sustained pressure.
“Selection for next week’s league game will be difficult as the competition for places is becoming very strong.”
Chester attacked with purpose and vigour against Broughton Park, even though the conditions did not warrant an expansive game.
Within 10 minutes, the hosts had taken a five-point lead when fly-half Tom Foden threw out a long cut-out pass which Matt Sheen latched on to and scored.
The next try came from five minutes of sustained forward pressure from Chester. Following a five-minute barrage of forward drives to the line, Jonny Piggot emerged from under a mass of bodies with the ball safely grounded behind the visitors’ try-line to make it 10-0.
In the second half, the game became attritional with Park kicking away possession to gain territory and seek out errors while Chester relentlessly drove forward.
Park put some points on the board when they converted a penalty on 53 minutes and they doubled their tally soon after with a second three-pointer.
At 10-6, the game was in the balance but Chester settled it by marching up the pitch for their third try of the day.
Foden gained ground with a raking kick into the corner and, from the ensuing line-out, man of the match Ross White once again secured valuable and set up a driving maul.
As the maul crossed the line prop, Whitlock-Wainwright dived on to the loose ball to score – sending Chester another step closer to the Intermediate Cup’s Twickenham final.
Chester have landed a home tie against midlands side Ampthill in the fifth round of the intermediate cup