CHESTER battered Margate into submission to set a post-War record of 17 matches without defeat at the Deva Stadium.
It was an impressive second half display by the Blues after a first half in which they looked distinctly ordinary and far from a team with championship ambitions.
Despite looking disorganised they still had by far the best chance in the opening period with Kevin Rapley, Shaun Carey and Scott Guyett all going close before Ben Davies squandered the best opportunity on the stroke of half time when he shot at goalkeeper Phil Smith after being put through by Alex Smith.
It was a different story after the break when City piled on the pressure and hardly gave Margate a moment's respite, Danny Collins and Smith had near misses, but it was Davies who broke the deadlock on 68 minutes following good work by Kevin McIntyre.
City had to wait until the 82nd minute for the second goal when a Stamp cross was met by Daryl Clare whose shot was deflected past his own goalkeeper by Graham Porter.
A fine Smith-McIntyre move set up the third in the 90th minute for Stamp to give Chester an emphatic and deserved victory.
Chester: Brown, Collins, McIntyre, Smith, Davies, Clare, Brady (Foster 58), Carey, Ruffer, Guyett (Bolland 72), Rapley (Stamp 58). Subs: Carden, Harris.
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