CHESTER CITY'S pocket dynamo Ben Davies turned on the lights for a bright finish on Saturday with a clinical goal two minutes into injury time to give Mark Wright's side a well-deserved victory.
Chester had dominated virtually all the proceedings, but they couldn't break down the defensive resolve of the visitors, whose attacking ambitions were, on the other hand, about as bright as a blown fuse box.
The 92nd-minute close-range strike from the former Kidderminster Harriers player was the least that Chester deserved.
However, in their reflective moments this week, the club's management will no doubt be contemplating how to break down packed defences of teams who come to the Deva Stadium with ultra defensive tactics.
Forest Green, like Tamworth four days previously, were content just to pack their defensive zone and play a lone target man, who was expected to pick up the occasional punt forward from beleaguered defenders.
The harsh reality is that many more lower half Conference teams will come to the Deva Stadium this season with the same negativity but, hopefully, we will see more invention than we witnessed on Saturday, otherwise we could be in for more frustrating afternoons.
Steve Perrin in the visitors' goal was the hero of the hour, making a succession of fine saves to deny City.
Headers from Ruffer and Hatswell were well saved by the Rovers' shotstopper, who also made fine stops to deny efforts from Gill, Rapley and Davies.
The second period was similar to the first, with City surging forward and laying siege to the visitors' goal
But, unfortunately, time and time again their crosses from the byline were inaccurate, or they tried long-range efforts when possibly shorter, precise passing would have been more the order of the day.
A triple substitution in a 10-minute period midway through the second half gave City a more penetrative look, and Michael Twiss, Ian Foster and Steve Brody injected extra pace and guile that had been missing previously.
After the fourth official had indicated three minutes of over-time, chances still fell to City. And in this period Heard and Ruffer both went close, before the industrious Brody set up the last-gasp winner for Davies, who scored from close range.
Even after the final whistle events continued on, with a melee ensuing inside the Chester half, the upshot being that former Sunderland player Gary Owers was dismissed for violent conduct.
City boss Mark Wright said after the game: "We've got to expect teams to come here and defend doggedly and that's what happened today.
"I alway s thought we deserved to win, and so it happened.
"It was just a little later than I would have liked."
CHESTER CITY: Brown, Ruffer, Hatswell, Collins, Heard, Carey (Twiss 61), Carden, Davies, Town tyre, Rapley (Foster 71), Gill (Brody 71). Subs: Kelly, McCaldon.
FOREST GREEN ROVERS: Perrin, Russell, S Jones, Richardson, Jenkins, Foster, Owers, Ingram, Grayson, Morgan, Lee-Jones (Rogers 80). Subs: Giannangelo, Cowe, Sykes, Cook.
REFEREE: Mr David Storrie (Leeds)