TWO goals in a 10-minute spell at the beginning of the second period earned Blackpool a victory at the Deva Stadium last night, but Chester City will be kicking themselves for not capitalising on their first-half superiority.
Chester were far the better side in the opening 45 minutes and should have gone in at the break leading by more than the one goal that they did register.
After 24 minutes a free-kick was awarded by Premier League referee Mike Dean after Walters had been unceremoniously brought down by Jackson.
Kevin Sandwith then gave keeper Jones no chance with his firmly struck effort.
After 55 minutes, Scott Vernon registered his first goal when the City defence failed to clear a cross. The tall striker scored with an effort from eight yards that went into the net via the post.
Vernon grabbed his second after 65 minutes when a through ball from Southern found Tierney on the left and his cross was firmly headed home by the in-form hitman.
City tried valiantly to grab an equaliser, and Jones made good saves to deny Sandwith and substitute Chris Holroyd.
After the match City manager Mark Wright said: "There are a lot of positives I can take from the game but we still need to bring some players in to the club, particularly two midfielders."
One interested spectator in the stand was the former Wigan Athletic and Swansea City player Roberto Martinez, and Wright confirmed that they had had discussions.
He said: "We have made an offer to Roberto, I will now have to talk to the chairman to try to take the matter further.
"Roberto is a quality player, and would be a tremendous asset to this club if we could sign him."
CHESTER CITY: Danby, Marples (Vaughan 76), Sandwith, Linwood, Westwood, Artell, Bennett, Hand, Broughton (Blundell, 67), Walters (Mc-Sporran 82), Wilson (Holroyd 77).
REFEREE: Mr Mike Dean (Wirral).