THIS was the only fair result on a day of scorching temperatures and both sides deserved credit for committed performances.
The players must have been glad to get the game over, none more so than the goalkeepers who had to wear gloves for 90 minutes! City's Wayne Brown kept a clean sheet on his 200th appearance for the club and, like his opposite number Lionel Perez, had little out of the ordinary to do.
Both teams struggled to make chances in the first half, but Chester went closest on 13 minutes when a Ben Davies shot from new recruit Jamie Heard forced a goal-line clearance from Barry Laker.
The second half followed a similar pattern and Danny Collins was unlucky on 52 minutes when his header from a Kevin McIntyre corner was headed off the line by Lee Fynn.
City had a close call when Stevenage skipper Steve Watson saw a shot miss the taget by inches from a Jamie Cook cross and near the end Collins was in the right place at the right time to clear a Tony Battersby shot off the line.
Of the two managers City's Mark Wright must have been happier. `We should have won, but I was proud of my team,' he said.
`I will give my boys credit rather thatn Stevenage for under-achieving.'
Chester are at home to Conference newcomers Tamworth on Tuesday night (7.45) and will still be without Jon Brady who is serving the second of a three-match suspension.
* For more Chester City FC news see this week's Chester Chronicle.