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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Penrith mistakes costly against Chester

After beating second in the league Rossendale a week earlier, Penrith found that Chester - third in National Three North - posed a completely different challenge.

Rossendale had to be matched physically while Chester were to take on in the rugby sense as they play bright open rugby.

They have some exciting free-running backs and they figured prominently in a 40-22 victory.

The conditions suited them down to the ground and they opened up like a top-of-the- table side. After ten minutes they opened the scoring with a sweeping attack and a converted try.

From the restart they opened up again and again a converted try was the outcome.

The home side now had a mountain to climb to get anything out of the game in their efforts to stave of the threat of relegation.

James Ellar and Phil Fell went close before Steve Wood kicked a penalty and they looked to be back in contention when they scored a try.

Rob Dawson stole a lineout ball deep in the Chester 22 and when Penrith drove for the line, the ball was moved and Gary Hodgson ran the ball in. Eventually it came to Wood who barged his way over from close range.

The revival was not to be, for Chester again scored from the restart and then scored again before the break to kill off the game as a contest.

At their very best Penrith could have matched them but too many mistakes were being made and too many of the side were having poor games to be able to compete on an equal basis.

Penrith conceded a further score from a sweeping attack from their own half by Chester just after the break but they continued to battle away.

They scored next following a quick penalty taken on the visitor’s ten metres line.

Mike Raine and Ryan Johnson made ground before the ball went wide to Wood who found Hodgson with a looped pass on the right wing and he went in at the corner.

Chester scored next when two Penrith defenders left the ball carrier to each other and he sauntered in under the posts.

It was all Penrith in the closing stages and after Phil Fell and Billy Barton went close they did score a third try.

From a Chester lineout five metres out, the ball bounced loose on the visitor’s side and Dawson pounced, scooping it up and diving over.

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