Sandbach 3 Chester 28
DISCIPLINE and control were the hallmarks of Chester’s performance on Saturday as they kicked-off their North Two West campaign on a winning note.
The new-look team – featuring several new players following last season’s relegation – kept needless penalties to a minimum and did not allow Sandbach to break their try-line.
Chester coach Rob Foden, however, felt there was plenty of room for improvement.
He said: ‘Even though we controlled much of the game, we have got to remember what we did to get into try scoring situations and once in those positions become clinical.
‘We are a team and we have to play as a team for the whole of the 80 minutes. On the whole, I am satisfied with the progress we are making and the lads deserved their victory.’
The game got off to the best possible start for Chester when scrum-half Tom Chappell, after good work from the pack, sprinted down the blind side and rounded the fullback to score a try in the first five minutes.
With the Chester pack being able to secure their own ball in the set pieces, fly-half Tom Foden controlled the play by kicking the ball deep into the Sandbach half.
A searching kick by Foden saw Chester score again on 20 minutes as speedy winger Simon Love charged down an attempted clearance and had the presence of mind to collect the wickedly bouncing ball and score in the corner.
Just before the half time break, Foden underlined Chester’s dominance by scoring a penalty to make it 13-0.
After Sandbach scored their only points of the game with a penalty two minutes into the second half, Chester found themselves coming under a degree of pressure – but they weathered the storm and once again began to force the hosts back.
Love scored his second try of the afternoon by once again charging down a kicked clearance and collecting to score. Simon Apiero then scored his first try for Chester by being on the end of a move that started in the visitors’ half.
The same player doubled his tally soon after, before Matt Sheen grabbed the final try of the game.
Chester host old rivals New Brighton at Hare Lane tomorrow. Kick-off is 3pm.
Chester 2nds enjoyed a convincing 54-8 victory over West Park on Saturday.