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Home side left empty handed as Fylde dominate; RUGBY UNION.

CHESTER RUFC suffered back-toback defeats in National Two North after they were comfortably put to the sword on home soil by a promotion chasing Fylde.

Head coach Jan van Deventer's side were always going to be up against it even with home advantage at Hare Lane with the visitors sitting second in the division.

And Fylde showed their dominance against Chester, beaten 27-14 the previous weekend at Sedgley Park, as the away side cantered to a 51-15 success to deny their hosts even the opportunity of a losing bonus point as van Deventer's charges slipped to ninth in the division.

Adam Lewis dotted down on six minutes for Fylde for a converted try, Greg Smith kicking over the extras, to open the scoring, but Chester hit back when Max Himbury crossed the whitewash with the hosts unable to add the extra two points.

Fylde then stretched their lead as Tom Grimes was able to put down with Smith once again on target from the resulting conversion to see Fylde 12-5 in front.

Dan Pemberton converted a penalty for Chester to keep them in touch before Fylde pushed themselves back out once more with a Ben Gregory try to make it 17-8 at half time in Littleton.

After the break it was the visitors who made their strength and size count as Ben Vernon crossed, Smith this time missing the chance for the extra two.

Connor Wilkinson then crossed for Fylde for a converted try before Chester clipped the lead back slightly to 15-29 when Sean Green crossed for a try on his 36th birthday, the conversion dispatched successfully between the posts.

At 29-15 down there was some hope Chester might at least come away with something to show for their efforts in the form of a losing bonus point but it wasn't to be.

Smith crossed and then converted before Tom Carleton dotted down, the clinical Smith kicking over once more to make it 39-15 to the home side.

Two further tries would arrive for the away side, one converted by Smith, as they put the gloss on a convincing display.

Chester will be looking to bounce back in the league on Saturday when they travel to bottom of the table Scunthorpe (3pm), a side yet to register a win this season in 20 attempts. ? Helsby got back to winning ways in Halbro North West League Division Two South with a strong home performance which saw them see off Manchester 2nds 27-17 to move up to fourth in the table.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2020
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