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1st XV - Match centre

Chester
Hull Ionians
C Ross, S Robson, C Campbell, A King
Tries
S Slingsby, L Minikin
J Robins, J Robins, J Robins
Conversions
L Minikin (2)
Penalties
L Minikin (2)
Sat 9 Feb 15:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Chester 26 v 20 Hull Ionians.

Chester leapfrog I's with merited victory.

Ionians finally lost their grip on the leadership of the league table, coming off second best to a well organised and determined Chester side. The hosts dominated the latter stages to enable them to score two tries and overturn a 15 point deficit that Ionians had accrued by the 37th minute. From there on in it deteriorated for Ionians as they failed to retain any semblance of possession and so spent the majority of the second period defending in their own third of the field.
Despite a bright start from Chester it was Ionians who struck first. James Tinknell, who had announced his return to fitness with a crunching tackle on his opposite number in the opening minute, broke through the midfield causing mayhem in the Chester ranks and having attracted several defenders he slipped the ball inside to Steve Slingsby haring up in support. Without breaking stride Slingsby galloped away, unimpeded, to score. Lewis Minikin added the goal and Ionians were 7 points clear.
Chester responded with sustained possession and worked their way up to the Ionians line. They gained no reward following a barrage from the forwards so elected to sweep the ball across the field to squeeze winger Craig Ross over in the corner.
Ionians used the stiff breeze to pin Chester back in their own half and won a penalty for a line-out 10m out. The initial drive was held but the ball was shipped out to Tom Stephenson who chipped over the onrushing defence for Lewis Minikin to gather and dot down. Minikin again added the goal and Ionians extended the lead to 5 – 14.
As Ionians warmed to the task they were awarded a number of penalties and Minikin obliged with two strikes from the tee, one from close to half way, to increase the advantage to 5 – 20.
The Chester pack, with the back row particularly effective, drove play back into the Ionians 22 and it looked as if they had capitalised when Sam Wilson failed to gather a loose ball over the line and Foden pounced as the ball bobbled loose, but the referee was uncertain over a clear grounding and brought play back for an earlier off -side. Callum Bennett drilled the ball into touch and his pack did the rest with a successful catch and drive resulting in a try for hooker, Scott Robson. James Robbins judged his kick expertly into the wind and Chester went into the break only 8 points in arrears.
Ionians were severely tested in the opening exchanges of the second half; forced back onto their own try line only last gasp defending kept the line intact, a chance to clear was not taken and they conceded a penalty. Chester put the ball into touch close to the corner, Cottrell rose to gather the ball and the home pack rolled forward and over the line, prop Colin Campbell grounding the ball. Robbins again judged his kick well to take the hosts to within a point of Ionians.
There were now only isolated incursions into the Chester half, and these were short lived, as Ionians proved incapable of keeping hold of the ball. Bennett returned play back deep into the Ionians half and a hasty clearance put the home side in an attacking position 25m from the line. The catch was good, but the drive was held. Making little headway Chester swept the ball wide where No8 Owen, filling in on the wing, drove through an attempted tackle before offloading to Adam King who strode over in the corner. Robbins fired over another excellent kick and Chester were in front and firmly in the driving seat with fifteen minutes remaining.
Toni Kuku gave Ionians some hope with a good run down his wing but when Ionians moved the ball in-field they were penalised for holding on and play was transferred back in the Ionians half, where it remained until the final whistle.
A disappointing result, after a disappointing second half performance. Chester moved above Ionians with this victory and the table looks increasingly congested at the top. Up next for Ionians are the new league leaders, Fylde, before another home fixture, the re-arranged match against lowly South Leicester. Ionians fate is probably still in their own hands but trying to win with only limited possession (and gifting much of that away) seems to be a difficult road to nowhere.


Joe Makin

Player of the Match

Joe Makin

Key moments

5:00
Try Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
5:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
17:00
Try Craig Ross scores for Chester
23:00
Try Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
23:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
29:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
37:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
39:00
Try Scott Robson scores for Chester
39:00
Conversion James Robins kicks a conversion for Chester
47:00
Try Colin Campbell scores for Chester
47:00
Conversion James Robins kicks a conversion for Chester
65:00
Try AJ King scores for Chester
65:00
Conversion James Robins kicks a conversion for Chester

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Joe Makin is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
70:00 Sub On
Al Reed is substituted on for Chester
70:00 Sub Off
Oliver Hughes is substituted off for Chester
65:00 Try 26 - 20
AJ King scores for Chester
65:00 Conversion 21 - 20
James Robins kicks a conversion for Chester
59:00 Sub On
James Newman is substituted on for Hull Ionians
59:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephenson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
59:00 Sub On
Adam Brown is substituted on for Hull Ionians
59:00 Sub Off
Tom Peters is substituted off for Hull Ionians
56:00 Sub On
Josh Woods is substituted on for Chester
56:00 Sub Off
Colin Campbell is substituted off for Chester
50:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub On
Callum Smith is substituted on for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub Off
Sam Wilson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
47:00 Sub Off
Ross White is substituted off for Chester
47:00 Sub On
Jonny Charmley is substituted on for Chester
47:00 Sub Off
Tom Holloway is substituted off for Chester
47:00 Conversion 14 - 20
James Robins kicks a conversion for Chester
47:00 Try 19 - 20
Colin Campbell scores for Chester
47:00 Sub On
Josh Morris is substituted on for Chester
42:00 Sub Off
Craig Ross is substituted off for Chester
42:00 Sub On
Mike Craven is substituted on for Chester
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 12 - 20
James Robins kicks a conversion for Chester
39:00 Try 10 - 20
Scott Robson scores for Chester
37:00 Penalty 5 - 20
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
30:00 Sub On
Oliver Hughes is substituted on for Chester
30:00 Sub Off
Al Reed is substituted off for Chester
29:00 Penalty 5 - 17
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
23:00 Try 5 - 12
Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
23:00 Conversion 5 - 14
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
17:00 Try 5 - 7
Craig Ross scores for Chester
5:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Chester
  • Hull Ionians
  • 0
  • Steve Slingsby Try 5:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 5:00'
  • Craig Ross Try 17:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Try 23:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 23:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 29:00'
  • Al Reed Sub Off 30:00'
  • Oliver Hughes Sub On 30:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 37:00'
  • Scott Robson Try 39:00'
  • James Robins Conversion 39:00'
  • Craig Ross Sub Off 42:00'
  • Mike Craven Sub On 42:00'
  • Josh Morris Sub On 47:00'
  • Colin Campbell Try 47:00'
  • Tom Holloway Sub Off 47:00'
  • Jonny Charmley Sub On 47:00'
  • Ross White Sub Off 47:00'
  • James Robins Conversion 47:00'
  • Sam Wilson Sub Off 50:00'
  • Callum Smith Sub On 50:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 50:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 50:00'
  • Colin Campbell Sub Off 56:00'
  • Josh Woods Sub On 56:00'
  • James Newman Sub On 59:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub On 59:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub Off 59:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Sub Off 59:00'
  • James Robins Conversion 65:00'
  • AJ King Try 65:00'
  • Oliver Hughes Sub Off 70:00'
  • Al Reed Sub On 70:00'

Team selection

Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Wilson, Sam Wilson, Sam
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Tincknell, James Tincknell, James
Kuku, Toni Kuku, Toni
Stephenson, Tom Stephenson, Tom
Crane, Sam Crane, Sam
Falkingham, Edward Falkingham, Edward
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Whyte, Ben Whyte, Ben
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Bell, Benjamin Bell, Benjamin
Stephenson, Ben Stephenson, Ben
Laverick, David Laverick, David
Chester
  • 1. Colin Campbell
  • 2. Scott Robson
  • 3. Al Reed
  • 4. Rik Cottrell
  • 5. Ross White
  • 6. Guy Ford
  • 7. George Baxter
  • 8. Shay Owen
  • 9. Tom Holloway
  • 10. Callum Bennett
  • 11. Craig Ross
  • 12. James Robins
  • 13. Macca Van Sertima
  • 14. AJ King
  • 15. Tom Foden
  • 16. Josh Woods
  • 17. Oliver Hughes
  • 18. Jonny Charmley
  • 19. Mike Craven
  • 20. Josh Morris

League round up

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Fylde
21
8
Huddersfield
38
17
Sedgley Park
28
46
20
14
Sheffield Tigers
Preston Grasshoppers
29
0
Macclesfield
13
34
Wharfedale

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull Ionians 22 79
2. Chester 22 79
3. Huddersfield 21 78
4. Fylde 23 77
5. Otley 23 71
6. Hinckley 22 63
7. Tynedale 21 62

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