Chester's perfect winning record in National League Division two was halted by a 17-10 reverse at league newcomers Peterborough Lions.

The newly-promoted hosts recorded their first ever win at this level after five successive defeats as Chester tasted defeat for the first time this term.

In testing blustery conditions, the Lions dominated possession for much of the contest and spent much of the first half entrenched in Chester territory.

But it was the visitors who opened up a 10-3 lead at the interval, with Alick Croft running in the opening try out wide after just four minutes.

With a cross wind making kicking conditions tough, Josh Morris missed the resulting conversion to limit Chester's advantage at five points.

Ben Young then slotted a Lions penalty minutes later to reduce arrears as the hosts grew steadily onto the contest.

But they were pegged back further in the 39th minute when George Baxter charged over the whitewash for another score, which Morris was again unable to convert.

A strong start to the second half from the home side culminated in Lions back row man Aki Lea crossing for their opening try when Chester's resilient defence was eventually breached from a pushover scrum.

Young’s conversion levelled it up at 10-10 and the Lions pressed hard for the decider with Lea and Tom Lewis putting in some dangerous runs.

And they were able to snatch victory with just three minutes left when Young charged down a kick and scooped the ball up to sprint 25 yards for a touchdown under the posts, which he also converted.

Chester coach Jan Van Deventer said: "We're massively frustrated, both with the result and the fact we've now lost our unbeaten record.

"Both the weather conditions and the pitch we played on were appalling as far as we're concerned.

"The original pitch we were due to play on was deemed unfit because of potholes and divots, so we played on a junior pitch, which was obviously much tighter and played into their hands.

"We're disappointed too that we weren't clever enough technically to kill the game off, because there were certainly chances to do so and we feel it's an opportunity missed to have taken an ugly away win."

Leaders Hinckley cruised to a 42-17 home win over South Leicester, Tynedale hammered visiting Fylde 59-15, while Huddersfield won 34-10 at Sheffield Tigers.

Leicester Lions were 32-14 victors against Sedgley Park, Preston Grasshopper lost 39-22 at Wharfedale, Hull Ionians triumphed 34-21 against Stourbridge while acclesfield ran out 31-22 winners over Otley.