It wasn’t the start they wanted but the Chester faithful have every reason for optimism.

For 95 per cent of the game they dominated Warrington in every facet of the game, and had it been for a more willing opponent they would surely have found a winning strike.

Chester can take heart from the fact that Joey Dunn’s men shut up shop after netting their equaliser, but the lack of a second goal from numerous chances will be something for Neil Young to work on.

Saying that, the excellent of Warrington goalkeeper Paul Pritchard kept the scores level. On several occasions he was all that stood between Chester and the win they craved.

The defensive nature of the home side will be something Chester must come to terms with, but that should become less of a concern once they have spent more time getting to grips with one another.

In the end all Chester had to show for their effort was Rob Hopley's opener, although that was cancelled out by Gavin Salmon's strike after 20 minutes.