Chester FC continued their superb form in the Vanarama National League last night with a comfortable 3-0 success at home to rock-bottom North Ferriby United.

As has been the case on plenty of occasions during this campaign, there were a number of fine performances, most notably that of two-goal James Alabi.

But it was a fine team display, particularly in the second half, that brought the Blues their second 3-0 win in the space of four days.

From the players to the referee, here's our ratings from last night.

Alex Lynch – 7/10

Liam Roberts is going to find it tough to get back the number one spot if Lynch continues in this vein. Confident between the sticks, he made a few smart saves last night and was always vocal.

Johnny Hunt – 7/10

Solid and dependable as ever. The left-hand side always looks secure with his presence and he was always looking to be an outlet going forward.

Ryan Astles – 7/10

A towering presence as always, Astles won his aerial battles and put his body on the line on two occasions to prevent the visitors striking.

Elliott Durrell in action against North Ferriby United

Blaine Hudson – 7/10

After his excellent display at Eastleigh this was another positive step. Strong in the air and on the ground, he continually stifled the Villagers.

Sam Hughes – 7/10

Another solid game for Hughes at right back. North Ferriby got little change out of him when going forward. Should have scored in the second half, though.

Craig Mahon – 8/10

His usual tricky self, Mahon's superb work was responsible for the opening goal. He always had the visitors on the back foot.

Elliott Durrell – 8/10

Another good game for Durrell who looks to be finding his best form once more. Buzzed around the pitch constantly looking for the ball and worked tremendously hard, linking up play well.

Tom Shaw – 7/10

Another good display from the captain, who really is a key cog in this team. He is the glue that holds it all together and he was in fine form again last night, breaking up play and aiding the attacking effort.

Ryan Lloyd – 7/10

Keeps the tempo up in midfield and used the ball well throughout. His good work led to the third goal.

Kane Richards – 8/10

Full of confidence, Richards bagged his third goal in as many games. Electric pace that terrified the visitors combined with a willingness to roll his sleeves up for the cause means another good mark for the striker.

James Alabi hammers home his penalty

James Alabi – 9/10 STAR MAN

This is what he can do. He was a factor for the full 90 minutes and could have easily come away with four goals. Received the support of the fans and he repaid them with an excellent display. No finer penalty will you seen anywhere and his turn to make space to fire home the third was superb. More of the same on Saturday please, James. This is what happens when you show faith in someone and not replace them with a conveyor belt of 18-year-old strikers from Premier League clubs' development sides.


Jordan Chapell (on for Durrell – 78 mins)

Stretched North Ferriby late on and looked full of confidence.

Wade Joyce (on for Mahon – 83 mins)

Had little time to make an impact.

Will Marsh (on for Richards – 86 mins)

A chance for him to get his first taste of senior football. Little time to have much of an impact but almost netted with a header late on.

Other ratings

Referee: Steve Martin (7/10)

A decent performance from the man in the middle. Let the game flow and made the right call with the penalty decision.

Entertainment value – 8/10

The first half wasn't a classic but the second helped the 1,392 fans at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium forget about the sub-zero temperatures. Well, everyone bar the hardy six travelling fans.