Chester FC: Neil Young will not settle for Conference survival

Manager Neil Young has said Chester FC will aim for more than just avoiding relegation when they return to the Conference Premier next season.

The club, which was formed when Chester City were wound up in 2010, won the Conference North title on Saturday.

Young told BBC Radio Merseyside: "The realisation is that we've got to try and stay in the league and I believe the players we've got can do that.

"But I'm not one for consolidation and I never have been."

Lewis Turner's goal was enough to beat Boston in front of a crowd of 3,685 at the Deva Stadium at the weekend and, with nearest rivals Guiseley losing 1-0 at Brackley, that sealed a third consecutive promotion for Young's side.

Lewis Turner's promotion-clinching goal

Lewis Turner's 46th-minute header was Chester's 100th goal of the 2012-13 campaign, and they still have four matches remaining to beat the figure of 107, which they achieved while playing in Evo-Stik League Division One North two seasons ago.

It means that, next season, the fan-owned outfit will play at the same level as Chester City were competing at when they went into liquidation with two months of the 2009-10 campaign remaining.

And Young expects the majority of the current squad to remain with the club as they prepare to take on teams such as Luton, Macclesfield and Cambridge next term.

"This group have been phenomenal," he continued. "The budget will probably be the same as where we are now so there's probably not a lot I can do in terms of players in and out.

"We're not soft and we know the size of the task is larger than any we've had and success will be measured differently next year, but who would have said we would have done what we've done?

"To get a third title on the bounce is beyond our wildest dreams. It's easy for people to say 'Chester have got a big stadium and get crowds of 2,500 people' but that's not the whole story. That doesn't pay wages and everything else.

"We work very hard and leave no stone unturned to give ourselves the best opportunity. We've worked hard to get to where we are today.

"It was always my intention to get this football club back to the Conference and we've done it in three years, so it's job done."