SEDGLEY Tigers returned to winning ways after successive defeats with a 42-14 victory at Chester in National Two North.

Chester started strongly with a good try for their left winger after a missed tackle in the centre putting them 7-0 up in the first five minutes.

Despite this Sedgley’s shape in attack was excellent and after putting a lot of pressure on the Chester defence by attacking both sides of the breakdown, winger Jamie Harrison scored their first try and Steve Collins added the conversion.

This was followed 10 minutes later with a second try for hooker Matt Gallagher after a powerful catch and drive from the forwards, Collins again adding the extras.

Chester at this point had no answer to the power play of the Sedgley team and a third score for scrum-half Danny Openshaw after another catch and drive from the forwards saw the visitors go into half time 21-7 in the lead.

The hosts started well in the second half but could not break down the Tigers defence and they got a fourth bonus-point try after winger Rhys Henderson gathered up a turnover ball to score on the right.

Collins added the conversion and the lead was now extended to 28-7.

The constant pressure resulted in a fifth try for number eight Tom Ailes after a patient build up.

Chester did get a breakaway score but a sixth try for prop Ben Black after a lovely half break and off load from Collins saw Sedgley secure five points.

Coach Steve Hazzelby said: “After the disappointment of the previous two weeks we wanted to put in a winning performance and that is exactly what transpired.

“ This was a wonderful reaction from all of the players and a well-deserved victory which has put us back into second place.

“It was a solid performance and special mention goes to second-row Connor James who was excellent in the lineout and fly-half Steve Collins for his man-of-the-match performance and a 100-per-cent kicking record.

This Saturday Sedgeley are at home to Tynedale who are currently ninth in the table.