Hartlepool moved ever closer to promotion with a 3-0 win over Chester at Victoria Park.
Richie Barker set Pools on their way with the opener after just three minutes for the home side.
Andy Monkhouse doubled the lead for Hartlepool on 26 minutes to put them in the driving seat.
Chester were reduced to ten men 20 minutes from time when Phil Bolland was sent-off for his second bookable offence.
Things got worse for Chester a minute later when Ben Clark added a third for Hartlepool.
The win moves Hartlepool eight points clear at the top of League Two and extends their unbeaten run to 23 games
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Hartlepool v Chester