A ‘snow patrol’ of about 100 Blues fans helped ensure Saturday’s match against Stalybridge Celtic went ahead.

The band of volunteers answered the club’s call to assist with clearing snow from the frost covers which had been laid across Exacta Stadium pitch.

The covers were then removed and referee Matthew Bristow declared the pitch playable following a 10.30am inspection.

Chester went on to win 4-1 in what was the only match in the division to beat the weather.

Chester FC chairman Tony Durkin, who also helped out, said: “It was a fantastic effort. There was great camaraderie and laughter. To see over 2,000 fans turn out to the game made me feel so proud of our community club.”

Mr Durkin also thanked the Royal Mail for gritting the club car park.

Unfortunately, last night’s Cheshire Senior Cup clash against Stockport Sports at the Exacta had to be postponed due to a frozen pitch. No new date had been announced when The Chronicle went to press.

City Fans United and Chester FC director Russ Hughes has stepped down from his role on the board with immediate effect. Hughes, elected by CFU members last January, cited family and work commitments as the reason.