Six points off the play-offs, in seventh spot in the National League and 10 points above Wrexham means that it will be a very merry Christmas for Chester FC fans.
The Blues juggernaut kept on rolling on Saturday as they claimed a deserved 2-0 home success over Aldershot Town with a professional display full of endeavour and commitment.
From the goalkeeper to the strikers, it was a job well done for the Blues. Here is how they scored.
Alex Lynch – 8/10
Another excellent game from the Welshman. Some excellent stops, good distribution and a stunning late save to deny Charlie Walker.
Luke George – 8/10
An unfamiliar role for the Blues skipper but he performed superbly. Matched with the teenage sensation Idris Kanu, the youngster rarely got the better of George, who was committed throughout. One of his best games in a Chester shirt.
Ryan Astles – 8/10
He can head a ball further than most can kick it. Won everything in the air and dominated the Aldershot strikers.
Sam Hughes – 8/10
Has been playing at right-back in recent weeks but it was a welcome return to centre back for the teenager. He was excellent alongside Astles and it was a return to form for him.
Johnny Hunt – 7/10
Mr Consistent. Never looked like letting Aldershot in down the left and was effective when joining up with the attack.
Elliott Durrell – 7/10
Busy throughout and always looking to get on the ball. He was creative and caused the visitors plenty of problems all afternoon.
Evan Horwood – 7/10
Played wide on the left but he performed very well indeed. The left looked solid with him and Hunt and he put in a real shift.
Tom Shaw – 8/10
A totally different player to last season. A real driving force from midfield and he won every second ball and was as effective supporting the defence as he was aiding the attack. Player of the season so far, in my opinion.
Ryan Lloyd – 8/10
The Blues need to keep him. He was back to his energetic and classy best. Such a quick football brain, he rarely wastes possession. A real gem at this level.
Jordan Chapell – 7/10
Full of endeavour and commitment throughout. The work he did to grab Chester's first goal typified the way this side plays. Showed what he can do.
James Alabi – 9/10
There were scouts from a whole host of Premier League clubs there to watch teenage Kanu but they may have jotted down another name too. Alabi has bags of potential, it's quite scary how much. He is just scratching the surface you feel and he completely dominated Aldershot's defence. Strong in the air and on the deck, he could be huge for Chester in the second half of this season.
Wade Joyce (on for Horwood – 62 minutes)
His best game in a Chester shirt. Put in just the shift that they needed as Aldershot poured forward. Something for him to build upon as he fought hard for the cause with some strong tackling.
Matty Waters (on for Durrell – 85 minutes)
Just five minutes but more experience for the youngster with the first team.
Will Marsh (on for Alabi – 90+2 minutes)
Brought on late to allow Alabi the ovation he deserved.
Referee: Scott Oldham – 6/10
Got the penalty decision right and was pretty fair throughout. Thankfully, not as card happy as a certain Joseph Johnson.
Entertainment value – 8/10
A performance to give real hope for a bright future for this team. It was a game plan delivered to the letter and credit to Jon McCarthy for putting together such a well-balanced team and cultivating a spirit and togetherness that is bearing fruit.
Plenty to smile about yesterday.