Nic Corrigan was proud of his Chester players after they beat Preston on Saturday, Saturday 21 – but says they must prepare for another tough test at Sheffield on Saturday, September 28.
Chester, backed by a bumper crowd at Hare Lane, produced a stirring performance to beat an established Preston outfit. They have won all three of their SSE National League Two North games so far this season.
Director of rugby Corrigan said: “The players can be very proud of themselves, I know I am proud of them.
“We’ve made some real progress this season, and to go and take on a side like Preston, who I think will be right up there this season, and beat them in the manner we did, I think we can take a lot from that.
“The players were mentally robust. To go in at half time 0-0, and then come from 5-0 down as well as we did, that says a lot about the character and attitude that we have. I think the senior players led by example, and they are key to the kind of culture we are creating at the club.
“We are after respect at this level, and I think results and performances like that will help massively.”
Corrigan is eager, though, to ensure his players do not rest on their laurels.
He added: “Without being too doomsday about it, that is just one game. We have a really tough test away to Sheffield on Saturday, and we need to make sure we are fully prepared for that.
“We stood up to the challenge against Preston, and confronted them head-on, we need to do the same this weekend.
“Sheffield beat us in a play-off to get into this league a few years ago, so they have the upper hand over us at the moment. I know their director of rugby, Dan Richmond, works with Sale Sharks, so they will be strong in the set piece.
“We have to make sure we imprint ourselves on the game, and if we do that then the result will take care of itself.”
Corrigan also gave special thanks to the Chester supporters, who ensured a vibrant atmosphere at Hare Lane last weekend.
He added: “They were fantastic, and to reward them with the kind of performance we did, I think was fitting. We’re very grateful for their support, and it is something we are eager to maintain at Hare Lane over the coming season.”
Charlie Craven scored two of Chester’s tries on Saturday, with the others coming from Guy Ford and Andrew Oakden.
Chester 2nds, who lost 29-23 at Caldy 2nds on Saturday in the Bateman BMW Premier Division, host Preston Grasshoppers 2nds this Saturday (3pm).
Helsby fell to a 41-3 home loss to Capenhurst in South Lancs/Cheshire Three on Saturday, September 21 while Christleton lost 22-10 at Broughton Park 3rds in Division Three South of the Raging Bull North West Leagues.
Helsby go to Oldershaw on Saturday, September 21 and Christleton host Hope Valley.