CHESTER City sidestepped any boobytraps on a minefield of a pitch at Marston Road on Saturday, to move into the second round of the FA Cup.
It could be out of the frying pan and into the fire as they look forward with a little trepidation to a visit to another potentially dangerous non-league club, but at least Halifax play in a league Chester know plenty about.
And they have the psychological advantage of knowing they took six points from Halifax last season, half of them from the Shay a year ago.
Rangers were a little more of an unknown quantity coming from Conference North, but City produced a professional performance and gave their fans few causes for concern.
At least to those who got there. Many arrived late, having been caught in Saturday's chaos on the M6. Some even missed the opening goal which settled a few nerves and provided the springboard for what turned out to be a comfortable victory, against a team which regretted not having the ability to make the most of their few chances.
Stafford were by no means a pushover and could have had City on the back foot straight from the kick-off when Chris Mackenzie made a great save to spare the blushes of Richard Hope, whose hesitation put his goalkeeper in big trouble.
But apart from a couple of half-chances in the rest of the first 45 minutes, it was Chester who looked more likely to score and did just that through Cortez Belle for a lead they never looked like surrendering.
Coming so recently from the Conference, there was no way Chester were going to treat Stafford lightly. And although the hosts had their moments, City were superior in every department, despite looking uncomfortable at times on a an uneven playing surface with an unpredictable bounce.
Daryl Clare is happiest when he can control the ball on the ground. But apart from an early chance when he should have done better than to chip the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy, this wasn't his best day in a Chester shirt and he lasted a little over an hour.
His replacement, Kevin Rapley, is unlikely to beat Clare in any City fans' popularity poll, but he did his bit three-quarters of the way through the game when he doubled Chester's lead with the help of a generous deflection.
That put Chester firmly in the comfort zone and although Stafford sent on a former Conference hotshot in Justin Jackson and the vastly experienced Neil Grayson in a late bid to save the tie, the visitors by now had a vice-like grip. And even when Rangers skipper Wayne Daniel popped up with a late header, Mackenzie was more than equal to the task.