JOHN JOHNSTON opened his Chester account as they eased to a 4-0 pre-season success against Vauxhall Motors.

Winger Johnston, signed from Altrincham in January, is finally up and running for the Blues after breaking the deadlock inside the opening 120 seconds of the clash at the Syncreon Arena.

"About time......." tweeted Johnston after the encounter.

Teenager Will Goodwin was the creator for Johnston, the striker powering down the left before cutting the ball back for his team-mate to lash past Ryan Crump and into the roof of the net.

Goodwin twice went close as Chester made a bright start to proceedings, the youngster seeing an acrobatic close range effort following a corner pushed away by Crump, before he struck the underside of the crossbar soon after.

The in-form George Waring did double Chester's lead on 20 minutes, the frontman powering a header into the back of the net after Johnston had sent in an inviting hanging cross.

Chester had a third just after the half an our mark as experienced defender Simon Grand was in the right place at the right time to turn home Waring's knockdown.

Former Chester youngster Glenn Rule had an effort either side of the break blocked as Vauxhall tried to get a foothold in the game, which settled down in the second period as changes were made.

Danny Elliott, on as a 56th minute substitute, twice went close to adding a fourth Chester goal, but Crump denied the striker on both occasions.

Crump beat away Elliott's free-kick, before he was called into action by the striker moments later, the stopper pushing a powerful effort onto the crossbar.

Vauxhall came close to scoring a consolation effort on two occasions from a corner, but Chester managed to clear, before Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley's men added a late fourth goal.

Two players looking to earn a deal for the 2020/21 season combined for the Blues' fourth, Trialist D clipping a ball over the top of the defence for Trialist C to take a touch and fire home.

Vauxhall assistant Joe Heath congratulated Chester on their impressive display, tweeting: "Well done to Chester FC, a well organised and hardworking team. All the best for the season!"

The Blues are set to play their final pre-season friendly at Padiham next Tuesday.

CHESTER FC: Gray (Worsnop 56), K Roberts, Livesey, Grand (Taylor 56), Morgan, Johnston (Trialist E 56), Trialist A (Trialist D 56), Trialist B (Glendon 56), Trialist C, Goodwin (Marsh-Hughes 56), Waring (Elliott 56).