Match ends, Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.
Braintree's hangover from last season's promotion disappointment continued as they went down at Chester.
The Blues rode their luck early on when Simeon Akinola hit a post for the visitors, but Chester quickly went up the other end to open the scoring.
Elliott Durrell put the pressure on with a series of corners, and from another dangerous one Sam Hughes found space to stab in the only goal of the game.
The same combination nearly provided a second after the break but this time Hughes headed against the woodwork.
Chester's margin of victory could have been more emphatic as goalkeeper Sam Beasant also made a good save from substitute James Alabi.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 10DurrellSubstituted forHorwoodat 74'minutes
- 7MahonBooked at 90mins
- 20AkintundeSubstituted forAlabiat 65'minutes
- 15RichardsBooked at 81minsSubstituted forJoyceat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 3OkimoBooked at 13mins
- 8IsaacBooked at 70mins
- 15MatthewsSubstituted forBarnardat 14'minutes
- 23CheekSubstituted forMaybanksat 78'minutes
- Ryan Johnson
Second Half ends, Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.
Wade Joyce (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Craig Mahon (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Chester FC. Wade Joyce replaces Kane Richards.
Kane Richards (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Joe Maybanks replaces Michael Cheek.
Substitution, Chester FC. Evan Horwood replaces Elliott Durrell.
Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Chester FC. James Alabi replaces James Akintunde.
Second Half begins Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.
First Half ends, Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.
Goal! Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0. Sam Hughes (Chester FC).
Substitution, Braintree Town. Lee Barnard replaces Sam Matthews.
Jerome Okimo (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.