RUTHLESSLY efficient Chester FC were praised for their professionalism after they swept aside rock-bottom Hinckley United with the minimum of fuss on Saturday.
The Blues’ biggest win of the campaign stretched their unbeaten Blue Square Bet North run to 18 matches and ensured they remain 13 points clear of Guiseley in second.
Chester boss Neil Young, whose table-topping side have taken 50 points from the last possible 54, said: “It was a thoroughly professional performance from the players.
“Although people will say it was a game we were always going to win, we still had to go out there and win it.
“6-0 has done our goal difference no harm but the most pleasing thing for me is the lads could have come here and gone through the motions and they didn’t.
“They were at it from the very first minute and that shows they’re clued into what we’re asking them to do.”
Nathan Jarman and the fit-again Craig Curran put the Blues two up before top scorer Antoni Sarcevic netted either side of half-time to take his tally for the term up to 14.
It was left up to substitutes Tony Gray and Scott Brown – with his first goal for the club – to complete the scoring.
Young was delighted that ‘sharp’ striker Gray and midfielder Brown – two players who have found themselves out of favour recently – made an impact off the bench.
He was equally pleased at a sixth clean sheet in seven matches.
Young said: “Apart from Droylsden away, we’ve not conceded many goals in recent weeks and that tells you something good.
“If we can keep the back door shut, we know we’ve definitely got goals in us.”
Chester may have conceded the same amount of goals as Guiseley – 22 – in the league this season but they boast a far superior strikerate.
Last season’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division champions have scored an incredible 73 times in 26 games.
Guiseley have managed 55 in 23.
That means the Blues – who are chasing a third successive title and promotion – boast a better goal difference of 18.
Young said: “It doesn’t matter what Guiseley or anybody else does – if we keep winning, we win the league.
“We can only worry about ourselves. What will be will be with other teams. Apart from when we play them, there is nothing we can do about other teams.
“So we’ll just carry on concentrating on our own goals. It’s as simple as that.”
Chester are in Cheshire Senior Cup second-round action at home to North West Counties outfit Stockport Sports tomorrow (7.45pm).
Admission costs £7 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for under 16s.
The match will be subject to a pitch inspection.