CHESTER CITY are making a habit of scoring important injury time goals these days.
In their two home Coca Cola League Two games this season they have registered 90th-minute goals to snatch draws against Lincoln City and Darling-ton. Yesterday they scored in the 93rd minute at Torquay United to take all three points.
Substitute Ryan Lowe was the hero, registering a headed goal from close range which maintained City's unbeaten start to the season.
City boss Keith Curle made four changes to the side that started the match against Darlington on Saturday, bringing in Artell, Curtis, Vaughan and Richardson in place of Dimech, Drummond, Walker and Blundell.
In sweltering heat Chester started the better of the two sides. Ben Davies shot narrowly wide after good work by Branch, then a snap shot from Leo Bertos brought out an excellent save from former Wrexham goalkeeper, Andy Marriott.
Torquay's first effort on goal didn't emerge until the 24th minute, Mackenzie in the City goal saving an effort from Satos at the second attempt.
Marriott, who had an outstanding match, made two further excellent saves to deny Davies and Branch.
Just prior to the break central defender Dave Artell thought he had broken the deadlock for City, but his headed goal was ruled out by the referee, who indicated a pushing infringement in the buildup to the goal.
There was a nasty clash of heads between Artell and Sharp at the start of the second period. Artell was absent for nine minutes before returning with a heavily bandaged head.
Marriott was still showing excellent form as he made stunning saves from Bolland and substitute Ryan Lowe.
Chester appealed for a penalty on the hour mark when Davies appeared to be held in the area by Oakley, however the official waved away the visitors' protestations..
City had a second goal disallowed 10 minutes from the end when Lowe's header was ruled out by a linesman's flag, which indicated an offside infringement.
Chester were totally in control in the closing stages but they were finding a stubborn Torquay defence, and in particular Marriott, extremely difficult to break down.
However, their perseverance was rewarded three minutes into added time. Blundell had a good run down the right, his cross was met by Lowe, whose header hit the under-side of the bar and took a deflection off Marriott before crossing the line, much to the delight of City's travelling supporters.
After the game a delighted Chester manager Keith Curle enthused: "It's a testament to the players and the pre-season training, that they can go for 93 or 94 minutes in this sort of heat. I don't think Torquay could live with us, particularly in the second half.
"I always believe that we can win every game and again we proved our staying power."
Curle continued: "We have a squad here which is beginning to come together.
"Some people may have raised their eyebrows when they saw the teamsheet, but I have confidence in all the players."
Chester can now look forward to two home games. They face Mansfield Town on Friday night, and then entertain Grimsby Town next Tuesday.
TORQUAY UNITED: Marriott, Oakley, Sharp, Hewlett (Gardner 27), Taylor, Constantine, Kuffour, Hill (McGlinchey 46), Woods, Coleman (Bedeau 46), Sato. Subs: Skinner, Hancocks.
CHESTER CITY: Mackenzie, McNiven, Bolland, Artell, Regan, Davies, Curtis, Vaughan (Drummond 56), Bertos (Blundell 59), Branch, Richardson (Lowee 46). Subs: Dimech, Walker.
REFEREE: Patrick Miller (Bedfordshire)