CHESTER completed their pre-season preparations with a comfortable victory over their former Northern Premier League rivals.
Craig Lindfield opened the scoring at a Deva Stadium bathed in beautiful summer evening sun before setting up George Horan to double the advantage.
Gareth Seddon got in on the act before the first half was out and that proved to be end of the home side’s scoring.
There was a surprise before kick-off when goalkeeper Adam Judge was named on the Blues bench.
Judge is back training with his former club and was given the opportunity to provide back-up to Martin Fearon who, for the second friendly running, was handed the number one jersey in John Danby’s absence.
Danby, Chester’s first-choice keeper, is nursing a sore finger but is expected to be fit for Saturday’s big Skrill Premier opener at Edgar Davids’ Barnet.
Fearon, save for a near-post stop from former Crewe Alexandra striker Harry Clayton, had little to do in an opening period bossed by the higher-league Blues.
The quality of crossing has been a feature of Neil Young’s team’s performances in pre-season and it was from a superb Kevin McIntyre delivery that they broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute.
The left-back – playing like a man far younger than his 35 years – did brilliantly to dig out a cross from the byline that the incoming Lindfield toe-poked past Chris Cheetham in expert fashion.
Lindfield turned provider three minutes later, the right-winger instantly laying off an inviting cross from Craig Mahon for captain Horan to turn the ball home from close range.
It was a cracking finish from the big centre-back but one that Seddon matched three minutes before the break.
The striker, who somehow failed to hit the target in Saturday’s 2-1 win over a Manchester City XI, found space in the box before shifting the ball on to his left foot and firing an unstoppable drive past the unsighted Cheetham and into the top corner of the net.
Seddon went close again moments later while earlier in the half a vicious Mahon drive, following a quickly taken Lindfield free kick, was headed off the line.
Young used up all seven of his substitutes within eight minutes of the second half.
As a result the Blues were nowhere near as fluid and they saw their lead reduced in the 70th minute when the returning Judge could only palm a corner into the path of Russell Courtney, who rifled home from a host of bodies.
Chester: Fearon (Judge 46), L Turner, Kay, Horan, McIntyre (Heath 46), Lindfield (Mills 53), Jarrett (A Williams 46), Harrison (Pugh 53), Mahon, Reed (N Turner 46), Seddon (M Williams 46).