FOLLOWING a run of poor form, Chester went to Sheffield determined to give a good performance but, once again, they had to concede defeat.
Playing with a slight breeze, they began positively and took the lead from a Murray King penalty. Chester were applying all the pressure but their scrums were being wheeled and this was causing King to receive poor service.
Sheffield were able to get their hands on the ball and, from a catch and drive, a missed pass saw their winger score unopposed.
Chester heads didn't drop, their forwards driving into Sheffield territory, and quick ball saw Tom Foden cross for a well-worked try which King converted.
A penalty to Sheffield reduced the score before King slotted two penalties just before half-time to give the visitors an eight-points advantage which, playing into the breeze, was always going to be difficult to defend.
Sheffield had a game plan to keep Chester in their own half by kicking in the corners and Chester had to keep possession to win the game.
After a Sheffield penalty reduced the score, the turning point in the game came when Chester had a five-yard scrum, but instead of taking advantage, they were wheeled once again and, moments later, Sheffield were awarded a penalty to reduce the score to 16-14.
Chester were now defending constantly and it came as no surprise when another penalty saw Sheffield take the lead.
The final nail in the coffin came when Chester had to run the ball and looked to have created the overlap, but the ball was spilled and, moments later, Sheffield scored a try and conversion. Walker Smith and Way man-of-the-match was Kyle Hedges.
Helsby 27 Holmes Chapel 8: A good victory saw Helsby make up ground in the table.
Playing into the wind in the first half, the home pack laid a good platform which allowed Andy Rowlinson to kick two penalties, although a penalty from the visitors reduced the deficit.
Helsby scored the first try when centre John Williams used his strength to crash over near the posts, Rowlinson converting.
Helsby came out strongly in the second half and were rewarded when flanker Neil Oliver collected a pass and raced over from 15 yards, Rowlinson again adding the extras.
Holmes Chapel responded with an unconverted try, but an intercept try from Rowlinson secured the points for Helsby, whose MoM was Rowlinson.