CHESTER got back on track with a fine win in the North One league.
They found themselves three points adrift almost immediately due to lack of discipline with the referee punishing the over-eager Chester pack. Saints took advantage of this and scored a well-worked try after just 10 minutes.
The 20 minutes that followed was dominated by errors from both sides in a fiercely contested match. It wasn't until the 30th minute that Chester got themselves on the scoreboard following a push-over try by Matt Sheen from a scrum and converted by Simon Verbickas.
Chester were now probing at every opportunity and Saints did well to keep them out with a rugged and aggressive defensive unit.
Chester opted to go for goal following one of many high tackles and Verbickas stepped up to level the scores at half-time.
Saints came out following the break with all guns blazing, but their fire was soon extinguished. Chester gathered the ball, created a number of quality phases and the powerful Neil Parsley burst on to the scene to score an impressive unconverted try to take the lead and make the score 15-10 to Chester.
The visitors were now in the mood and looked a class above the hosts. Again the phases were being created and again Chester scored when right-wing Jim Lyle finished off an extremely effective backs move to make the score 22-10.
The Chester team must have thought Saints had given up, but the hosts came back and scored a try following a number of mistakes by the Chester side who were trying to run the ball out of their own 22 rather than take the simple option. The Saints try was credited to the impressive and quick Nick Royle.
Chester skipper Colin Ellis read the riot act to his over-ambitious troops and they responded well. They came back at Saints immediately following the kick-off, creating yardage by forward dominance in the ruck and maul and also yardage via intricate movements in the well-drilled back line.
Chester's patience was rewarded following a lineout catch and drive in the home side's 22 where the pack drove over and Sheen was at the back of the maul directing operations to score a great try to make the score 25-15.
Chester were now well on top and any signs of that early LSH fire had flickered out. Following a great driving maul from the forwards who were being marshalled well by pack leader Phil Cottle, Ellis saw a gap with only inches to spare and set off down the line, kicked ahead and beat the covering defence for an excellent touchdown. Verbickas added the extras to extend the lead.
In the dying minutes and following many Chester barrages Verbickas slotted a simple penalty to complete the scoring.
Candidates for the Walker Smith Way man-ofthe-match were Colin Ellis for a controlled and magical display at scrum half, Nathan Sandland-Jones for a tenacious performance at hooker, the consistent Gavin Woods for having the usual day at the office and Paul Campbell for an excellent all-round display at lock.
The man who came out above all of the others, though, was Neil Parsley who had a tremendously powerful afternoon both in attack and defence.
Chester Ladies beat Bala Ladies 17-7 on Sunday. Meg Youdan opened the scoring with an unconverted try and then Rici Brown went over with Leni Smith adding the extra points.
Kirsty Marshall extended the lead with an unconverted try before Bala replied with a consolation try which was converted. Training is on Mondays and new players will be welcomed. Further details from Joe Youdan on 01244 319112 .
Merseyside Police 41 Helsby 13: Helsby missed the chance to go top of the league when a poor second-half display condemned them to a heavy defeat.
In a tight first-half the home side took the lead with a converted try, but two Andy Rowlinson penalties kept Helsby in the game.
An early try in the second half seemed to rock Helsby and gave the hosts the confidence to attack at will, scoring some well-taken tries. A late Rowlinson try served only as consolation on a disappointing afternoon.
Helsby's Frodsham Tandoori man-of-the-match was Alan Killalee for his effort in the second row. They host Capenhurst tomorrow (2.30).
Parkonians 2nd 22 Helsby 2nd 29: This was a good win for Helsby who continued their form. Try scorers were Kev Ryder who scored following good scrummaging by the Helsby pack, Ste Ayres crossed twice, his first coming when he chipped his way over and his second followed good hands by the Helsby backs, Ste Turnbull using his size and strength to score a fine try.
The win was sealed when Paul Jones scored a try on his debut for the club.