NEIL YOUNG is demanding the Blues build on their impressive league form.
Young, who watched Chester secure a 1-0 victory at Gloucester City on Sunday courtesy of a Nathan Jarman goal, admitted he was delighted to see his side move up to second spot in the Conference North table.
Chester are just two points adrift of leaders Brackley Town with two games in hand after winning 12 of their 14 opening league fixtures.
“It was obviously important that we tried to get something from Sunday’s match,” Young said.
“Guiseley managed to win 3-1 at Boston United which we know is always a difficult fixture, and FC Halifax Town showed their class by winning 4-1 at home to Droylsden, so we knew a result at Gloucester was important.
“We’re only in November, but it is very important that we improve and that we stick together, and keep trying to go forward.
“It has been disappointing to see us going out of both the FA Cup and the FA Trophy, but we have won 12 league games and the players’ league form has been fantastic.”
Young saluted his players who adapted to a 4-3-3 formation after the disappointment of last Wednesday’s 2-0 FA trophy replay defeat at Worksop Town.
He added: “People must remember that the players are part time, but we have done a lot of work on a new formation and we made a few changes defensively.
“Young Danny Williams came in for Sunday’s match and played at left back and he looked like he had been playing there all season.
“George Horan came back in and set the tempo. He probably gave three or four fouls away in the first 15 minutes, but he showed that he won’t be pushed around and he also showed that we were going to be competitive.
“I thought from one to 17 that everyone of the players played their part and were excellent.
“We all did a little bit of soul searching after our 2-0 defeat at Worksop last week in the FA Trophy, but we had a good sit down before Saturday’s training session and I felt that helped clear the air.
“I told the lads before Sunday’s match that our season starts here.
“We beat Gloucester 1-0, but probably a fairer result would have been 3-0 or 4-0, but some of the link up play and some of the football we played from a manager’s point of view was a pleasure to watch.
“Hopefully, our supporters, who again travelled in their hundreds and we were very thankful for that, enjoyed the performance the players put on.
“If we had have scored more goals it would obviously have taken some of the pressure off, but anyone who watched the game would have seen us create numerous goalscoring opportunities.
“Nobody really missed a chance for us, but the Gloucester goalkeeper probably made five top class saves including the one he made from Scott Brown’s header, Danny Williams’ shot which he touched onto the post, and the tip-over from Craig Curran’s volley.
“Their keeper also tipped over two shots from Nathan Jarman, so we created plenty of opportunities against a good side.
“The pleasing thing from me was that we managed to keep a cleansheet. We were organised after changing the way we normally play and everybody played a part.”