CHESTER won the battle of the promotion hopefuls at a canter as Guiseley suffered a 3-1 defeat at the Deva Stadium.

The Blues led 2-0 at the break after a first half brace brought a seventh and eighth goal of the season for Akwasi Asante.

The Chester forward opened the scoring in the third minute with a close range finish and after he was fouled in the area he added his second from the penalty spot.

Guiseley had chances in the second half but former Lions loanee Anthony Dudley netted Chester’s third.

Dudley had a loan spell at Nethermoor when he was a Bury player and he sidefooted past Lions keeper Lloyd Allinson after seizing a loose ball.

The Lions Aaron Martin is outscoring Asante so far this term and he added another to his tally when he headed home a late corner to sully Blues’ keep Russ Griffiths’ clean sheet.

But it was nothing other than a consolation and Guiseley’s joint-manager Russ O’Neill said: “It was a fair result – we didn’t deserve anything from the game and if we had done it would have been unfair on Chester.

“We’re disappointed in a way because they (Chester) didn’t play the Guiseley that had played the first nine games of the season. We didn’t do ourselves justice.”