Chester FC Youth boss Calum McIntyre was 'delighted' for players after a 6-1 win at Salford City moved them six points clear at the head of the North West Youth Alliance Premier Division.
The hosts were unbeaten in the league in 2016 before the fixture but a stunning opening twenty minute spell allowed Chester to seal the points.
A brace from Matt Waters brace and goals from Jacob Evans, Ilan Ap-Gareth, Niall Dawson and Nathan Brown sealed an emphatic victory for the Blues.
McIntyre said: "We came out of the traps really well and in the opening 20 minutes we played with a tempo and a quality that allowed us to dominate from then on. The move for the second goal was terrific and it’s another goal that the lads can be really pleased with.
"We feel like we’re getting better every week and it’s been a great start to 2016, however, it’s important we keep improving with each game.
"Each of our players are working very, very hard and it’s pleasing to see them getting their rewards on match days. I’m delighted for them.
Chester took the lead inside the opening five minutes when Waters’ cross deceived everyone and looped over the goalkeeper, going in off the post.
The lead was doubled four minutes later as a Salford free-kick was cleared and Tom Crawford released Oliver Nugent with a first time pass, Nugent returning the favour, hooking the ball across the penalty area for Brown to fire home from close range to complete a magnificent counter attack.
The early goals lifted the visiting side and Nugent twice stung the goalkeepers gloves before Evans added Chester’s third inside 15 minutes. He cut inside from the left before curling the ball into the far top corner of the net.
Crawford could have added a fourth but the keeper stopped smartly before Dawson sealed a fourth goal in the 21st minute. Evans struck a diagonal pass beyond the Chester defence, Dawson shifting inside on to his left foot to curl the ball past the keeper from inside the penalty area.
Salford began to settle into the game and James Jones was forced to block a shot before the hosts pulled one back on the half-hour mark. A deep corner was headed back across goal before being struck on the half volley to give the host a foothold in the game.
Another effort was hooked off the line as Salford asserted themselves on the contest but could not reduce the deficit further before half-time.
Liam Driscoll was introduced for his debut for Chester at half-time replacing Nugent as the visitors set about extending their lead. Joe Savin couldn’t quite meet a corner from the left before substitute Kevin Exell was bundled over in the penalty area with Waters stepping up to convert the penalty.
Ilan Ap-Gareth struck the post on the turn with Driscoll also firing wide before Chester’s sixth arrived. Ap-Gareth adjusted his feet neatly on the edge of the box before firing into the far bottom corner of the net to complete the scoring.