THE talismanic touch of 'Big Ron' could not inspire Kettering to victory over the Motormen on Saturday.
Having already won at Rockingham Road earlier in the season, Vauxhall - missing a number of players including captain Steve McNulty - put another dent in full-time Town's promotion hopes with a late leveller.
Sean Lake was called into action when Craig Westcarr bore down on him and the Motors keeper made two smart saves to deny the striker, the second a spectacular palmed effort from a tremendous volley.
Motors fell behind early in the second half when a ball bound for touch was salvaged and hooked to Chester City target Rene Howe, who turned his marker before striking a sweet left-foot shot into the far corner from just inside the area.
Chester boss Mark Wright was watching from the stands - and he will have been impressed with Howe's finishing.
But Vauxhall never gave up the fight and on 78 minutes were rewarded for their efforts when Anthony Wright was brought down from behind in the box.
With regular penalty-taker McNulty suspended, up stepped Thomas Rooney to coolly convert the resultant spot kick.
Kettering, with director of football Atkinson joined by his comedian friend Stan Boardman in the dugout, tried desperately to rally in the closing stages, but Lake was on top of his game to shut out Westcarr and Brett Solkhon.
Vauxhall: Lake, Woodyatt, Dames, McMahon, Griffiths, Field, Garrity, Moogan, Rooney, Wright, Whittaker (O'Hare 73). Subs: Macauley, Spellman, Ness, Carroll.
* Vauxhall have no game on Saturday.