WITH the new Conference season just a week away, injury-hit Chester looked short of ideas, having to come from behind to claim an honourable draw with their UniBond League Premier Division neighbours Vauxhall Motors.
The Motormen almost gained an early lead when a sweeping five-man move ended with captain Lynch heading inches over from Lawton's cross after five minutes.
City defender Ruffer saw his goalbound effort strike team-mate Rapley in front of goal, with the ball landing on the roof of the net.
Towards the interval, Chester enjoyed more possession. The unlucky Rapley had a stinging 25-yard effort hit the foot of a post and co-striker Beesley was only just off target. On the resumption, Davies struck a screamer against the crossbar from well outside the area.
But Vauxhalls were not without their moments and Young was not far short of breaking the deadlock with a header from Cumiskey's curling free-kick.
And on 77 minutes the Motor-men did go ahead, when a breakdown in communication between McIntyre and keeper Brown gave substitute Motors striker Hughes the simplest of tap-ins.
Chester saved their blushes with an equaliser four minutes later, when poor defensive play led to a goal.
Hilton produced a weak goal-kick, which Foster took full advantage of to fire into the top corner.
VAUXHALL: Ralph, Ward, McDermott, Robinson, Griffiths, Lawton, McCann, Lynch, Fearns, Young, Cumiskey.
CHESTER: Brown, Collins, Sodje, Ruffer, McIntyre, Carragher, Carden, Davies, Harris, Rapley, Beesley.