CHESTER CITY celebrated Saturday's last-gasp FA Umbro Trophy victory against Hereford United by awarding extended contracts to two of their young starlets.
Welsh Youth International defender Lee Woodyatt signed a two-year extension to his existing deal, while leading scorer Mark Beesley pledged his future to the Deva Stadium club until 2005.
City's chairman Stephen Vaughan enthused: "It's been a great weekend for the club; firstly we progressed to the quarter-finals of the Trophy with a superb victory, then we see two of our great young prospects signing new deals because they can see what a bright future we are building at the club."
Saturday's enjoyable win against inform Hereford United extended Chester's unbeaten run to 10 matches and netted the club another chunk of money from the Football Association's new prize fund. The winning goal came 90 seconds into injury time, when substitute Jimmy Haarhoff popped up and took advantage of a poor clearance to score with an angled effort from 10 yards that sent the City faithful wild with delight.
Chester, playing into the teeth of a gale in the first half, were the better side for the majority of the game, but they took their foot off the pedal after the break and allowed the visitors back into the match.
City took the lead after 37 minutes, thanks to their ex-Southport connection. Stuart Whittaker took a corner on the right and Phil Bolland placed a strong header past the despairing dive of Baker.
At the start of the second half, Baker made two fine saves in quick succession, pushing away a well-struck header from Bolland, then punching a Chris Blackburn 20-yard piledriver away for a corner. Hereford grabbed an equaliser after 76 minutes.
Substitute Rob Elmes got on the wrong side of Lancaster to head home a Rogerson cross from close range.
With time running out and a replay at Edgar Street looking a distinct possibility, the Hereford defence failed to deal with a routine high ball into the area and a weak clearance found Haarhoff, whose angled effort sent City into today's quarter-final draw.
Mark Wright, who has worked wonders since he took over the managerial reins at Chester, said: "I thought we were better in the first period.
"But we eased up in the second, and that concerned me a bit.
"It would be nice to say it was an inspired substitution to bring Jimmy on, but it is one of those things, you win some and you lose some."
CHESTER CITY: W Brown, Woodyatt, Carden, Lancaster, Bolland, Brabin, McGorry, Blackburn, Spink, Beesley, Whittaker (Haarhoff 78). Subs: S Rose, M O'Brien, C O'Brien, Collins.
HEREFORD UNITED: Baker, Clarke, Shirley, Quiggan (Elmes 56), Wright, James, Rogerson, Snape, Parry, Williams, Goodwin. Subs: Evans, Davidson, Hill. REFEREE: Mr S Castle (Birmingham) ATTENDANCE: 1,747..SUPL: