CHESTER City's blank weekend and Hereford United's 2-1 victory against Shrewsbury Town meant that the Edgar Street side moved to the top of the Nationwide Conference table on goal difference.
Both sides have 76 points, but City have two games in hand on the West Country outfit, who they meet on the final day of the season.
Chester have an opportunity to quickly re-open the gap at the top when they make the journey to troubled Telford United tomorrow night.
The Shropshire side, who are £650,000 in debt, have asked their player to take a 50% cut in wages to help the club since their financial problems came to light last week. The City management took advantage of their free Saturday to put their players through a tough training session.
The break also gave Jamie Heard a further four days to recover from the thigh injury he sustained at Barnett nine days ago.
Manager Mark Wright has a full squad to select from for the Bucks Head match.
The only absentee is long-term injury victim Wayne Brown. Lee Elam, who joined City on loan from Yeovil Town on Thursday, is expected to make his debut.
Meanwhile Danny Williams, who played in the last five City matches, scored on his debut for his new club Bristol Rovers at the weekend in their 3-0 win against York City.