Chester Gladiators crushed North Derbyshire Chargers 84-10 at Hare Lane to maintain their recent impressive form and further strengthen their hopes of securing a place in the end of season play-off's.
The Gladiators surged into an 18-0 lead after just 6 minutes courtesy of tries from Sam Broadbent, Brad Pryjmachuk and Alexis Wilkie. Winger Richard Hopkins marked his debut with a well worked try after 12 minutes and captain Martin Cormack crossed in the 15th minute to put the home side firmly in control.
The visitors were unable to cope with the powerful Gladiators pack and further tries from Daniel Harvey, Hopkins and Sam Martin extended their advantage. Broadbent claimed his second try of the game on the stroke of half-time to send Chester into the break 52-0 in front after a blistering 40 minute display.
With victory assured Chester could have been forgiven for taking their foot off the pedal in the second half but Dave Doneo powered his way over the line in the 45th minute to heap further misery on the Chargers.
The visitors restored some pride with a try of their own in the 52nd minute but Gladiators centre Wilkie burst through some lacklustre defence to score his second of the game after 58 minutes. Sam Martin touched down in the 62nd minute before Broadbent wrapped up his hat-trick in the 70th minute following some good work by the Gladiators forwards.
Centre Rob Massam raced clear to score after 74 minutes and fullback Simon Quinn claimed his 5th try of the season in the final minute to round off an impressive display by the Gladiators. Sam Broadbent was named as Chester's man of the match after finishing the game with 24 points.
The Gladiators return to action on Saturday with an away fixture against Northwich Stags at Moss Farm which kicks-off at 12.00 PM.
Chester Gladiators: Simon Quinn, Richard Hopkins, Brad Pryjmachuk, Rob Massam, Daniel Doneo, Sam Broadbent, Daniel Harvey, Dave Thomas, Martin Cormack (Captain), Benji Marsh, Alexis Wilkie, Mike Davies, Dave Doneo (Substitutes: Sam Martin, Jim Green, Sam Wright, David Parry, Richard Owen, Dan Tyers, Gareth Coy)
Tries: Sam Broadbent (3, 40 & 70), Brad Pryjmachuk (5), Alexis Wilkie (6 & 58), Richard Hopkins (12 & 30), Martin Cormack (15), Daniel Harvey (16), Sam Martin (35 & 62), Dave Doneo (45), Rob Massam (74) & Simon Quinn (80)
Conversions: Daniel Harvey (6/7) & Sam Broadent (6/8)
Chester 3-2-1: Sam Broadbent, Dave Doneo & Alexis Wilkie