THE Blues showed why are the champions elect with a battling victory on a difficult pitch on a horrible night in Cumbria.
Chris Simm opened the scoring and Christian Smith doubled the advantage before the returning Ashley Williams put a seal on Chester’s eighth straight win.
Eleven points clear at the summit with five games to play, Neil Young’s table-toppers could now lift the title with success at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.
Blues boss Young said: “It was terrible conditions in which to play football. It was blowing a gale and there was rain, snow – the lot – and the pitch wasn’t great but the lads really dug in.
“They had opportunities in the first half but we were playing against a monsoon in the first half. But the lads dug in and as I’ve said many times in the recent weeks, I can’t praise them enough for getting the win. All credit to them.”
Iain Howard hit the bar for Chester and Adam Farrell did the same for Kendal before Simm broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when he smashed in Robbie Booth’s cross to take his tally for the term up to 10.
With a strong wind at their backs, it was the out-of-form hosts who created the greater chances in the first half. They were unable, however, to beat impressive goalkeeper Matt Glennon, for whom it was his fourth consecutive clean sheet.
Kendal started the second half strongly too. But they fell further behind in the 70th minute when Smith stabbed in his sixth goal of the season after substitute Marc Williams flicked on a Wes Baynes corner.
It was left up to Ashley Williams to round off the scoring in injury-time, the midfielder opening his account for the campaign from eight yards after he was expertly teed up by Michael Wilde.
Kendal: Newton, Tucker, Winters, Melling, Joseph, Dunn, Farrell, Kilford, McKevatt (Osman 75), Taylor, Williams. Subs: Donnelly, Foster, Knowles, McGahon.
Chester: Glennon, Baynes, Horan, Taylor, McGinn, Booth, Powell, Smith (A Williams 87), Howard, Simm (M Williams 57), Wilde. Subs: Brown, Brownhill, Wright.
Goals: Simm 11, Smith 70, A Williams 90.
Referee: Gary Hilton (Upholland).