ANTHONY JOHNSON is backing his central midfield partnership of George Glendon (pictured) and Declan Weeks to star in Chester’s push for promotion this season.

“George Glendon is playing two levels below where he should be,” said Blues’ joint-boss Johnson, whose side slipped to fifth in the National League North table after a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at front-runners, Gloucester City.

“I know that people last season didn’t see exactly what we thought we’d see, we saw glimpses. There’s a reason we’ve given him the captaincy.”

Glendon’s qualities shone through when netting the all important winner at home to Curzon Ashton and Johnson added: “In the last 15 minutes when you are expecting a lull or maybe them to have a bit of pressure, that’s what captains do, they get the game by the scruff off the neck. He drove us on and what a finish.

“I can wax lyrical all day about that and you know what we’ve been saying about George for the last 12 to 18 months, but the lad next to him has pulled him along.

“I bet there aren’t many pairings outside of the Football League as good on the ball as those two. They dictate the game for long periods.

“Myself and Bernard have had Scott Burton and Gary Stopforth for 10 years, dogs picking up second balls and passing the ball sideways. You get these two on the ball and they are looking to probe all of the time, they are always looking to go forward.

“The chemistry they have between themselves is unreal and when you’ve got Gary Roberts and Paddy Lacey sitting on the side having to wait their turn because they are playing the way they are, you can see what type of dynamic they’ve created.”

Former Blues boss Neil Young, who ended Chester’s interest in the FA Cup as he masterminded a shock 1-0 win with Marine two weeks ago, agrees that Glendon and Weeks are class acts.

“Chester have definitely got the best central midfield partnership in National League North,” said Young.

There’s one game in National League North tonight with Bradford Park Avenue entertaining Boston United.