CHESTER'S impressive home form came to their rescue once again as two second half goals saw them overcome Blyth Spartans and avenge the 8-1 drubbing they received from the same side back in August.

Defeat at Boston had left the Blues four points outside then play off positions and in danger of losing ground with the division's chasing pack but strikes from Craig Mahon and George Waring ensured they kept in touch ahead of Saturday's crucial clash with Altrincham.

Blyth began like a side who'd just spent three hours on the A1 which judging by their late arrival to the ground was somewhere close to the truth. Chester were snapping into tackles and enjoying plenty of possession if not creating chances until the tenth minute when good work down the left from Matty Waters and Craig Mahon resulted in a cross landing at the feet of Dan Mooney who shot straight at Peter Jameson.

Referee Elliott Swallow had been lenient towards a number of heavy challenges from Blyth players so it seemed obtuse when he booked skipper Scott Burton for his first misdemeanour before also taking the name of Waters as the half began to drift.

A deflected cross from Bradley Jackson which almost found the net was as close as the Blues got for the remainder of the half as Blyth slowly found their feet in the game and set about building a solid base at the back.

The second half began with more frustration for the hosts when Anthony Dudley missed a great chance after being put through on goal by Mooney only to see Jameson save with his feet.

It was looking harder and harder to see where a break through was coming from with Mooney looking quiet on the wing and Blyth's tall defence snuffing out most of the Blues' forays into the are but then with 67 minutes on the clock an excellent ball behind the defence from the impressive Jackson found Mahon on the far side of the box with the Irishman advancing towards goal before placing a low shot beyond Jameson.

The game immediately looked up for Blyth who visibly slumped as Chester went on the hunt for a second and seven minutes later it arrived with another delightful finish from George Waring who picked up Burton's free kick in a similar position to Mahon before slotting past Jameson.

Quite how Chester progress to converting what is the best home record in the division to their away form is anyone's guess but for now the Swansway Stadium is a fortress and one that could save the Blues' faltering season.