A DEREK Asamoah hat-trick, the first of his career brought welcome relief to Chester City last night and lifted the club out of the Coca-Cola League Two relegation placings.
City's first win in 10 outings was well deserved, and could have been greater, had it not have been for the heroics of the Boston keeper Michel Kuipers.
City were impressive from start to finish, and on this showing, it is perplexing to understand why they have under achieved since their slump which started in mid-December.
Asamoah, on loan from Lincoln City, was irresistible as he tore the Boston defence to shreds on numerous occasions. But, all the City play-ers deserved praise, they showed a strength of character and an application which was a credit to them.
City started strongly and had three opportunities in quick succession. Ben Davies shot over from 20 yards, Dave Artell brought out an excellent save from Kuipers, and Asamoah shot narrowly wide from just inside the area.
When Boston did break free, Chris Mackenzie looked competent on his return between the sticks, his first game since December following a broken thumb.
In a rare attack the former Leicester City striker Julian Joachim outpaced the City defence, but Albrighton made an excellent tackle to deny the striker.
Mackenzie then made a double save from Silk and Joachim. However, at the other end, Kuipers continued to show his class as he made stops from Asamoah and Edwards.
City broke the deadlock two minutes from the break.
A mix-up in the home defence between Canoville and Kuipers saw the ball break free in the area, Asamoah nipped in and had a simple job to place the ball into the empty net.
Five minutes into the second half Asamoah doubledCity's advantage with a well-taken goal.
A corner from Davies to the far post was headed across goal by Artell, in one swift movement, Asamoah turned with the ball and slammed it into the net, giving Kuipers no chance.
The home keeper again was called into action saving brilliantly from Asamoah, and then just after pushing a snap shot from Drummond around the post for a corner.
Asamoah completed his hat trick after 61 minutes, with a typical predator's goal. Drummond played a long through ball to the pint-sized striker, who outpaced his marker before sliding the ball past the advancing Kuipers.
After 72 minutes, Asamoah appeared to sustain a thigh injury, and he left the pitch to a tremendous reception from both the travelling and home supporters, to be replaced by youngster Paul Rutherford.
Boston registered a late consolation goal after 87 minutes when Simon Rusk completed a good move to score for the home side.
At the final whistle, the City players and their management showed their relief, and hopefully this will be the start of a run that takes Chester well clear of the relegation abyss. City have eight games remaining in which three or four victories would possibly save them from the ignomy of the drop, the run-in starts on Saturday when they face Cheshire neighbours Macclesfield at the Deva.
BOSTON: Kuipers, Canoville, McCann, Maylett, Clarke, Greaves, Holland (Thomas 46), Rusk, Silk, Joachim, Dudfield. Subs: White, Hall, Melton, Till.
CHESTER CITY: Mackenzie, Regan (Dimech 46), Artell, McNiven, Hessey, Albrighton, Davies, Drummond, El Kholti, Asamoah (Rutherford 72), Edwards (Tait 68). Subs: S Vaughan, Harrison.
Referee: Mr Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear)