Defence certainly wasn’t on top today but the crowd were treated to a total of 14 tries in what turned out to be a thrilling encounter;
For the first ten minutes it was stalemate as the teams tested each other out with some safe rugby up the middle of the park. Then on 12 minutes the deadlock was broken as hooker Rick Wareing
showed the ball then cheekily stepped back inside to open the scoring. Chorley were now into their stride and looking good but they were then blown away by three quick Gladiator tries to leave the score 16 – 6 on the half hour. Order was soon restored as prop Rob Speakman
blitzed over for a try and this was immediately followed up with Dean Mattinson
charging through to score and level it up. Prop Paul Holden crashed over on the half time whistle to give the Panthers a 16 – 22 lead at the break.
Chorley were quick out of the blocks in the second half with further tries from Mattinson, John Marshman and rob lonsdale
giving the visitors a comfortable lead. The best was yet to come as the Chorley side attacked on the left side and then completed a superb passing move that finished on the opposite wing with Sam Duff
going over the whitewash. Chester tried to come back into the game with a few late tries but the Panthers were never really troubled.
Scrum half Paul Jones
and stand off Graham Davies
went well today as did Tayler Bristow and Mattinson up front. But the Man of the Match award went to Wareing who led the team around the park and was also successful with 6 conversions.
Chorley Panthers 1st team have had an excellent season and with the shift to ‘summer rugby’ starting next March they will be looking to finish champions when they host Little Hulton at home next Saturday.