THE Blues broke their pre-season duck on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Cammell Laird at Kirklands - thanks to a half-time ear-bashing from boss Mark Wright.
Three games into their warm-up programme, the Blues are clearly still very much at the 'getting to know you' stage - which is entirely understandable given the number of new faces in their squad.
But of most concern to Wright in midweek was the way UniBond League outfit Laird's were allowed to knock the ball around with relative ease in the first half.
This may only have been a friendly, but the players were not spared a half-time rollicking from Wright.
The Blues boss said: 'I wasn't pleased and I gave them a right hammering at half time. I didn't like what I saw. It was too easy.
'The players came up with the excuse of the pitch but at the end of the day games are there to be won.
'Games are there to be gone after and I don't think we did that as a unit in the first half.'
Wright added: 'Although I was pleased with a number of performances, I'm hard to please and there's a hell of a lot more to come.
'It's been hard work, trying to put 14 or so new players together and we are probably still three or four short. We need to get working quickly to get those players in.'
The Rock Ferry hosts opened confidently, stroking the ball round well but rarely troubling the Chester goal.
The breakthrough arrived on 38 minutes when wing-back Laurence Wilson beat the Laird's off-side trap with a clever run and crossed for Drewe Broughton to volley home.
Jermaine McSporran made it 2-0 on 48 minutes, tapping in from close range at the second attempt after his initial shot bounced back off the upright.
Substitute Jon Walters sealed it on 74 minutes, collecting an excellent cross-field pass from Simon Marples and beating two players before curling a right-foot shot into the far corner.
The Blues had gone down 1-0 to Belgian outfit Cercle Brugge last Thursday in a hastily-arranged friendly.
Tom de Sutter settled a forgettable contest six minutes from time. Brugge Milenko Milosevic had earlier been sent-off for a head-to-head altercation with Chester's Jamie Hand.
A youthful Blues XI lost 1-0 at Northwich on Saturday.
Centre-back Rob Marsh-Evans turned in a man-of-the-match performance but former Chester player Craig Dove - who is on trial with the Vics - hit the second-half winner.