A ROB Hopley brace helped Chester FC to a 5-0 demolition job of Nantwich Town this afternoon at the Deva Stadium.
The 1,004-strong crowd was also treated to goals from Michael Wilde, Mark Peers and Josh Macauley as the Blues swept aside a youthful-looking Dabbers side to finish off their pre-season campaign.
Nantwich had started the stronger of the two sides and were unlucky not to be at least one goal up within the first 10 minutes, as Chester FC, for the second match in succession, started off sluggishly.
As early as the 2nd minute, Nantwich's Nathan Southern forced keeper Richard Whiteside into a good save from six yards out, following some poor marking from the Chester defence.
Just one minute later, Daniel Meadowcroft had to clear off the line after a mix-up between Whiteside and Andy Burgess paved the way for Nantwich to go on the attack, but the shot was weak.
After surviving initial scares, Chester regrouped and went on the attack, with Mark Connolly shooting from 12 yards after 12 minutes, leading Nantwich keeper Jason Astbury to make the first of what would be many good saves.
On 20 minutes, the deadlock was broken as Burgess played Michael Wilde through on goal, who slotted the ball home coolly to add yet another pre-season goal to his tally.
After Chester took the lead, there only looked to be one winner, as Chester upped the tempo with numerous chances.
Just before half-time, Chester's lead was doubled as a well-taken corner from Mark Connolly rattled off the Nantwich crossbar, only for the ball to fall to Rob Hopley, who headed home from close range.
Not long after the break, Chester added another goal to the tally as Mark Peers dazzled the Nantwich midfield with a mazy run to put himself in clear space, before unleashing a fine strike from 25 yards to beat the keeper and put the ball into the right corner of the net.
A series of substitutions from both sides followed as both managers attempted to give members of their squad as many minutes as possible, but Chester kept up the pressure and added a fourth goal in the 59th minute courtesy of Hopley, shortly after Roger Sharrock was brought down just outside the 18-yard box.
Greg Stones fired in a shot which was parried out only as far as the incoming Hopley, who thundered in a powerful kick into the back of the goal.
More substitutions than chances followed in the next 20 minutes, but Chester continued to dominate play.
Chester's fifth and final goal came after 83 minutes after Burgess played a lovely through-ball to Macauley to put him one-on-one with the keeper, easily kicking the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net with a neat right-footed strike.
Despite the five goals, Astbury was arguably one of the best Nantwich players on the pitch, who put in a fine performance to restrict the goal tally to just five.
Nantwich had one last effort to grab a consolation in the 89th minute, when a rare but fine bit of passing put their captain Rodney Jack with just the keeper to beat, but he shot well over the bar.
Macauley had one final chance in the 90th minute to head in his second of the game but his shot went just wide following a good cross from Anthony Sheehan.
Chester: Whiteside (Oldfield 55), Stones (Jones 61), Graves (Williams 51), Horan (Aspin 61), Meadowcroft, Burgess, Peers (Rigoglioso 57), Connolly (Sheehan 57), Hopley, Wilde (Macauley 51), Howard (Sharrock 45).