JAN VAN DEVENTER has hailed Chester’s battling qualities ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Sedgley Park.

The Chester coach believes the battling 21-15 win at title rivals Huddersfield revealed another dimension to his side's game last weekend.

Following the disappointment of their loss at Fylde a week earlier, the visitors produced an impressive comeback victory with tries from Alick Croft, Guy Ford and Tom Foden clinching the win in West Yorkshire.

Boasting the meanest points against record in the division, Chester prevented the opposition from crossing the try line in the contest with another resilient defensive display.

The result moved Chester within four points of the National League Two North summit with Van Deventer delighted with side's fighting spirit

He said: “It was a gritty performance in tough conditions.

“I think it showed everyone that we’re not a strictly one-dimensional side and that we can dig deep when things aren’t going so well in games.

"We reacted well to the setback against Fylde. We defended superbly and I felt we showed great character to up our game and take control in that second half to take the win.”

With eight league wins from 10 outings this term, Chester have emerged as serious title contenders.

A fine home record has provided the platform for that challenge, with Van Deventer now keen to exploit Sedgley's patchy form.

The Greater Manchester side finish second after a strong 2017/18 campaign but currently sit eight points behind Chester.

But Deventer braced for another stern test from the Greater Manchester side.

“Their results have been a bit of a mixed bag this season and we’ll look to exploit that inconsistency.

“Our home record has been excellent so far this season and we’re determined to preserve that with another big performance.

“We’ll have to show the same high levels of finishing power as we have in recent weeks and try to keep our own winning habit going."

Andy Baston and Jonny Charmley are Chester’s only injury concerns for the clash.