IF there is such a thing as a 1-0 hammering, then this was the perfect example of one.
The Blues created enough chances to have won far more handsomely - which made Accrington assistant manager Jimmy Bell's bitter post-match comments all the more baffling.
The visitors took a deserved lead when Roberto Martinez's free kick was flicked towards the six-yard box by Dean Bennett. Stanley keeper Przemyslaw Kazimierczak fluffed his attempt to punch the ball clear and it fell perfectly for Paul Linwood to volley home from close range.
The chances kept on coming and City debutant Simon Yeo went close either side of the half-time interval, while Kevin Sandwith had a shot cleared off the line and saw Kazimierczak claw out his 25-yard free kick. Sub Alex Meechan was denied a debut goal by the Accrington keeper as Chester searched in vain for a second goal.
Star man: Simon Yeo.
Accrington Stanley: Kazimierczak, Edwards, Williams, Welch, Richardson (Brown 82), Todd, Harris, Grant (Proctor 82), Boco, Mullin, Fleetwood (Mangan 68). Subs: Fearon, Doherty.
Chester: Danby, Hessey, Linwood, Bolland, Artell, Sandwith, Hand, Martinez, Bennett, Steele (Meechan 62), Yeo (Holroyd 87). Subs: Palethorpe, Cronin, Rutherford. Booked: Bolland, Hand.
Goal: Linwood 23.
Referee: Phil Joslin (Nottinghamshire).