It wasn't vintage stuff but Chester FC claimed a first away win of the season and in doing so stretched their unbeaten run to six games without conceding a goal.
A poor opening half saw Chester lucky to be level with North Ferriby the stronger of the two but a second half strike from Oluwaseun Akintunde 15 minutes from the end bagged the Blues all the points against a home side who ended the game with 10 men after a second yellow shown to Ben Middleton.
Chester weren't at the races in the opening 45 minutes and it was their hosts who looking the most threatening going forward and they went close through on-loan Scunthorpe United striker Kyle Wootton on two occasions.
Danny Clarke had the best effort of the opening half for the hosts as he forced a wonderful diving save from Liam Roberts to turn away an effort that looked to be heading for the net.
Chester could count themselves fortunate to be level at the break and emerged early on with renewed vigour and Ryan Astle struck a post after poking a free-kick goalwards.
Almost immediately tried to hit back and Wootton headed a corner against the bar with Roberts saving well from the follow up.
The home side were reduced to 10 men on 65 minutes when Middleton was shown a second yellow for a rash challenge on Kane Richards.
But Chester made the breakthrough on 75 minutes when a long ball from Johnny Hunt saw the bounce fall kindly to Akintunde who raced clear before sliding beyond Watson for his third goal of the season.
James Alabi and Theo Vassell missed excellent chances to make it 2-0 late on while Elliott Durrell cleared a goalbound North Ferriby effort off the line to ensure Chester claimed their first away success of the season.
It wasn't full of verve and vigour but Chester are into the top 10 after grinding out a result against the Yorkshire strugglers.
The home side can consider themselves unfortunate to have been left empty handed but goals win games and Chester made the breakthrough thanks to Akintunde in a game that the Blues would have lost last season.
They rallied after a poor spell and showed character. It's never easy to come to places like North Ferriby on a Tuesdy night.
Six unbeaten. Not bad at all.
Oluwaseun Akintunde: Included at the expense of James Alabi, Akintunde picked up where he left off on Saturday and was Chester's only real attacking outlet going forward and the only player who looked capable of finding a way through.
Sam Hughes was imperious yet again, though.
North Ferriby United: Watson, Topliss, Gray, Middleton, Hare, Skelton, Oliver (Mukendi 84), Russell, Clarke, Wootton (Kendall 76), Thompson (Emerton 76). Subs: Mukendi, Fallowfield, Robinson.
Bookings: Middleton, Oliver, Thompson
Red card: Middleton
Chester: Roberts, Vassell, Hughes, Astles, Hunt, Durrell, Shaw (George 46), Lloyd (Joyce 46), Mahon, Akintunde, Richards (Alabi 66). Subs: Chapell, Horwood.
Goals: Akintunde 75