THE atmosphere at London Road on Saturday was decidedly inhospitable to say the least, culminating in former City manager Mark Wright not shaking hands after the game with new Deva incumbent Keith Curle.
Visiting Chester City directors were refused entry to the boardroom, certain members of the travelling media were kept waiting for over 30 minutes for their passes to arrive, and the kick-off was frustratingly delayed for 10 minutes because of what appeared to be disorganisation at the turnstiles.
The pre-match build-up had been littered with stories surrounding the Mark Wright factor, and the fact that Peterborough's 1-0 victory at the Deva Stadium in May 2000 had consigned City to four years of Nationwide Conference football.
Last August Wright stormed out of the Deva Stadium the day before the start of the season. It subsequently consigned City to a campaign of struggle that fortunately didn't lead to anything too catastrophic.
Wright amazingly tried to return to the Deva Stadium hotseat following the departure of Ian Rush, but City's directors plumped for the League Two managerial experience of former England and Manchester City defender Keith Curle.
Wright was ultimately taken on by the Peterborough owner Barry Fry and installed as his successor.
It was Curle who deservedly came out on top at the weekend. His tactics were spot-on, while Peterborough employed a rather naive and predictable formation.
Peterborough, who are one of the bookies' favourites for a quick return to Coca-Cola League One, were disappointing. Rarely did they penetrate Chester's well-drilled defence and towards the end of the second period they seemed to lose heart as the home crowd started to get more and more frustrated.
The first period was an untidy affair.
Chester began to take a stranglehold in the second period, with Scott McNiven, Ryan Lowe and Tom Curtis particularly impressive.
Michael Branch and Lowe both went close with efforts, before the deadlock was broken after 70 minutes by City's Stewart Drummond.
Tyler in the home goal did well to beat out a header from Branch. The ball fell to the predatory Drummond 15 yards out and the ex-Morecambe midfielder rifled the ball into the back of the net.
After the match Curle reflected on Wright's refusal to offer congratulations: "He refused to shake hands, I've no idea why.
"I'm very disappointed by it. I think it's disgusting."
Curle added: "I thought we deserved the win. The lads were the better side in the second half and this gives us a platform to build on."
Chester are in action tomorrow evening when they entertain Lincoln City at the Deva Stadium.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED: Tyler, Holden, St Ledger, Burton (Plummer 89), Arber, Kennedy (Day 73), Boucaud (Semple 58), Gain, Carden, Benjamin, Crow. Subs: Harrison, Logan.
CHESTER CITY: Mackenzie, McNiven, Dimech, Bolland, Regan, Davies, Drummond, Curtis, Lowe (Walker 82), Richardson, Branch. Subs: Vaughan, Artell, El Kholti, Brookfield.
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