CHESTER tightened their grip on a Conference play-off place in a last-minute drama at Farnborough.
Substitute Dave Cameron fired home an injury-time penalty after a Ben Davies free-kick had been handled by a Town defender.
It was too late for the hosts to hit back, but they would have felt aggrieved they didn't get the point they deserved.
They were, in fact, ahead after only nine minutes when Joff Vansittart poked the ball over the line in a frantic goalmouth scramble following a corner.
But City, without injured Daryl Clare, were level after 22 minutes when a Mark Beesley cross was scrambled over the line by Davies.
Chester goalkeeper Wayne Brown went on to be the busier goalkeeper, making a first half save from Garry Butterworth and later from Lenny Piper as Town's up and under tactics put Chester's central defenders under pressure.
Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock was called into action late in the game to keep out a Scott Guyett header from a Kevin McIntyre free-kick, but he had no chance with Cameron's well struck penalty which probably leaves Chester looking for just a couple more victories to seal their play-off berth.
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