Match ends, Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.
Jonny Hunt scored on his debut to give Chester an opening-day victory over Braintree Town.
Wing-back Hunt beat two Braintree defenders before curling into the far corner to give the hosts an early lead they did not relinquish.
Ross Hannah had an effort cleared off the line and Jordan Chapell hit the bar as Chester looked to double their lead.
Dan Sparkes had Braintree's best chance when one-on-one with Chester keeper Jon Worsnop but failed to score.
- 22HeneghanBooked at 86mins
- 8ShawBooked at 47minsSubstituted forMahonat 64'minutes
- 11ChapellSubstituted forTongeat 88'minutes
- 19HobsonSubstituted forPeersat 68'minutes
- 7BrundleSubstituted forWalkerat 86'minutes
- 3HaberghamBooked at 45mins
- 30WoodyardSubstituted forMarksat 81'minutes
- 14MilesSubstituted forCheekat 69'minutes
- Ollie Yates
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.
Offside, Braintree Town. Kenny Davis tries a through ball, but Kenny Davis is caught offside.
Offside, Chester FC. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.
Corner, Chester FC.
Substitution, Chester FC. Dale Tonge replaces Jordan Chapell.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Jeremy Walker replaces Mitch Brundle.
Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).
Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).
Ryan Higgins (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Alex Woodyard.
Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Braintree Town.
Foul by Luke George (Chester FC).
Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Jordan Chapell (Chester FC) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.