After a turgid first period, where the only incident of note was a fiercely struck penalty from Chester’s Anthony Dudley that rattled the base of the Bury post before going to safety, the game bounced into life in the second half.
Youngster Jack Tolley headed Russ Penn’s visitors into a 20th minute lead, the ball just creeping inside keeper Lewis Clayton’s far post, with Amari Morgan-Smith doubling the advantage ten minutes later.
The club were founded as Hampton FC in 1921 and have come a long way since, rising to the second tier of Non- League. The anniversary has given an extra tinge of excitement to the coming campaign and McCann wants to build on the momentum.
Bolstered by a new stadium, two eye-catching summer signings and a slew of endorsements from rival managers, Elliott is aiming to avoid further play-off torture by setting his sights squarely on the title.
With the Sky Blues having made the decision late in the week not to send their first team for Covid-related reasons, a little bit of the gloss was taken off the occasion, but a fine turn out of well over 1,000 fans provided an uplifting sight as the teams took to the field.
The National League will draw up terms of reference for the committee in consultation with all members to be approved at a future general meeting – and Morris is hopeful this will improve the relationship between clubs and the league.