Chester warmed up for this weekend’s mouthwatering clash with Hull Ionians with a sixth straight win.
Nic Corrigan’s side kept themselves in third place in National League Two North with a bonus point win at Preston Grasshoppers last week.
Preston had enough possession and territory to make the scoreline closer than it was but found the Chester defence in no mood to be breached.
A combination of clinical finishing and intelligent work in the loose sealed a 29-0 win over the Hoppers at Lightfoot Green.
Preston started the game well and would have taken an early lead had Lewis Allan’s penalty not struck the post.
Chester punished that miss with the opening score of the game as winger Sean Green finished off a sweeping move.
Prop James Whitelock-Wainwright strolled over for the second score before the break and then Will Goodwin knocked over a penalty after Preston’s Phil Mills had been shown a yellow card to make the half time score 15-0.
It was a similar story in the second period with the hosts having a decent share of the ball but unable to make it count against a miserly defence.
Preston had Reece Tomlinson sent to the sin-bin and that gave the Hare Lane side the chance to make the game safe with Rhys Hayes reading a speculative pass and sprinting 70 metres to touch down under the posts.
Chester could sense the bonus point was within reach and secured it in the final minutes of the game after a stolen a lineout took possession and George Nott crossed to send them back down the M6 with all five points.
Chester are seven points off the top of the table, where Ampthill head Hull Ionians on points difference.
Corrigan’s men can close the gap on Saturday when Ionians, who eased past Leicester Lions 38-0 last weekened, come to Hare Lane (3pm).
Bateman BMW Premier League side Chester 2nds did not have a game last weekend but entertain Sandbach 2nds on Saturday.
An understrength Christleton side went down 47-12 at Lymm 3rds cup action but the table-topping Swans head to Universty of Liverpool Vets, who are second, in Division Three South this weekend.
Helsby travel to Wallasey in South Lancs and Cheshire Division Three.