AFTER resisting calls to blood Chester's promising youngsters for several weeks, boss Mark Wright relented on Saturday - and was rewarded handsomely.
Wright gambled by handing starts to Chris Holroyd, Paul Rutherford and James Vaughan and the youthful trio rewarded their manager with energetic displays. Rutherford, 19, was the pick of the bunch and one notable first-half surge saw him glide past about five defenders and almost beat Barnet keeper Ross Flitney.
But for all the promise shown by Chester's youngsters, it was a member of the club's old guard - Phil Bolland - who opened the scoring by nodding home from a corner in first-half stoppage-time.
The Blues doubled their advantage on 58 minutes when Simon Yeo seized possession on the left and fed Holroyd, who turned his marker neatly and squared an inch-perfect pass for Jamie Hand to smash into the back of the net from 18 yards.
Star man: Paul Rutherford
Chester: Danby, Linwood, Bolland, Artell, Vaughan (Bennett 77), Rutherford (Maylett 60), Hand, Hessey, Wilson, Holroyd, Yeo. Subs: Steele, Brownlie, Sandwith. Booked: Hand.
Goals: Bolland 45, Hand 58.
Barnet: Flitney, Hendon, Yakubu, King (Devera 62), Gross, Cogan (Hatch 65), Sinclair, Bailey, Graham, Birchall, Allen (Grazioli 81). Subs: Harrison, Nicolau. Booked: Gross.
Referee: Andy Penn (W Midlands).