CHESTER CITY turned in their best pre-season performance in their final warm-up match of the summer campaign against League One outfit Huddersfield Town at the Deva Stadium on Saturday.
The new season begins next weekend when newly-promoted Accrington Stanley provide Chester's first hurdle in their quest for promotion, but City managerMark Wright was a pleased man following a game against the Yorkshiremen.
He said: "Defensively I thought we dealt well with everything they threw at us, while up front we created chances and at our level we won't meet many better defences than Huddersfield.
"We have steadily improved our level of performance during this pre-season campaign, and without doubt Huddersfield provided our sternest test, and I thought we came through it well."
City gave debuts to new signings Roberto Martinez and Ricky Ravenhill and both players impressed in their respective midfield roles, and Wright was pleased with the way they fitted in to his system. "They are both quality players and when you consider that we didn't have any time to prepare them, I thought they did particularly well.
"We have 16 new players in our squad and it has taken time for them to blend as a team, but now I think we are virtually there."
Chester had the better of the early chances, with Matt Glennon in the visitors' goal making saves in quick succession to deny Jon Walters and Drew Broughton.
Prompted by the imperious Martinez in midfield, City were creating problems for their League One opponents, and a delightful through ball from the Spaniard set up Walters, but the former Wrexham striker fired wide from 10 yards.
The visitors' first attempt on goal resulted in Gary Taylor-Fletcher heading Worthington's cross against the City bar in the 24th minute.
Huddersfield continued to get back into the game and Schofield brought out an excellent save from Danby with a 25-yard thunderbolt that the City keeper did well to push around the post.
Just prior to the break Danby made an excellent save, when he smothered a close range effort from Taylor-Fletcher.
Martinez, who will prove to be an excellent acquisition for Chester, forced Glennon a 54th-minute save with a low 20-yard effort, then Kevin Sandwith sizzled a 25-yard drive inches wide of the upright two minutes later.
Towards the end the visitors had two excellent chances that were saved by Danby. Substitute Abbott brought out the first stop from City's shot-stopper, then two minutes from the end Danby made a stunning save to deny Brandon.
Overall this performance augurs well for Chester's forthcoming League Two campaign, defensively they looked strong, in midfield the arrival of Martinez and
Ravenhill appear to be a masterstroke, and while many would like to see more goals from the strike force City won't meet many better defences in League Two than Blackpool and Huddersfield, who have provided the opposition in the last two outings.
CHESTER CITY: Danby, Vaughan (Marples 58), Artell, Linwood, Hessey, Sandwith (Wilson 71), Ravenhill, Hand, Martinez, Broughton (Blundell 67), Walters. Subs: Allen, Bennett, McSporran, Rutherford, Holroyd.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: Glennon, Holdsworth, Adams, Hudson, McIntosh, Clarke, Taylor/Fletcher, Worthington (Collins 46), Booth (Abbott 46), Beckett, Schofield (Brandon 46). Subs: Rachubka, Mirfin, McAliskey, Young, Hardy.
REFEREE: Mike Dean (Wirral).