NEIL Young lavished high praise on Chris Simm after he inspired Chester FC to their biggest victory of the season.
The in-form striker scored either side of half-time against North Ferriby United on the way to winning the man-of-the-match award and the commendation of his manager.
Blues boss Young said: “We’ve worked very hard on Chris to get him doing what has got him goals all his career – and that’s playing on the last man and running the channels.
“He’s took it on board and I think his performances recently have been as good as any player since I have been here.
“I’m made-up for him as he’s taken a lot of constructive criticism off me to get him playing the way he is playing. His work-rate and effort has been second to none.”
Chester’s third home win on the spin moved them within three points of top spot and made up for their unacceptable performance against Nantwich Town.
Simm and Iain Howard were dropped for the derby defeat after turning up late, but they returned to the starting line-up against North Ferriby yesterday and it was their first-half strikes which laid the foundation for a comprehensive and thoroughly merited success.
Young, who hopes to have Alex Brown and Jerome Wright fit for the trip to Ashton United on Wednesday (7.45pm) said: “The negative people would say I should have played them against Nantwich, whereas the positive people will say they have answered me back with their performance.”
Michael Aspin and Matty Woodward have left the club and signed for Hyde and Chester Nomads respectively.