Chester 1 Northwich 2
Northwich striker Steve Garvey scored a brace to help his side clinch a hard-fought 2-1 win over Chester at the Deva Stadium.
Jimmy Quinn's side missed a gilt-edged opportunity early in the game when Gary Talbot fired wide, but they managed to open the scoring in the 29th minute when Garvey scored from close range.
Chester, with new manager Mark Wright at the helm, fought their way back into the contest and Chris Blackburn equalised with a 25-yard effort nine minutes later.
Both sides had chances to wrap up victory in the second half but it was Garvey who netted the crucial winner for Northwich in the 83rd minute.
Chester 1 (1) Northwich 2 (1)
Referee: N Yates
Chester: Wayne Brown, Lee Woodyatt, Carl Ruffer (Dean Spink, 45), Iain Jenkins, Martyn Lancaster, Scott Ruscoe, Chris Blackburn (Jimmy Haarhoff, 87), Gary Brabin, Paul Carden, Mark Beesley, David Brown (Danny Collins, 62)
Subs: Jimmy Haarhoff, Andy Porter, Danny Collins, Dean Spink, Stuart Jones
Northwich: Paul Gibson, Steve Walsh, Mark Barnard, Denny Ingram, Gary Talbot, Jake Sedgemoore (Gary Burke, 57), Val Owen, Mark Devlin, Steve Garvey, Gregg Blundell, Jimmy Quinn
Subs: Adie Mike, Gary Burke, Richard Norris, Darren Knowles, Craig Skinner
29 min - Goal, Steve Garvey, (Northwich)
38 min - Goal, Chris Blackburn, (Chester)
43 min - Booking, Chris Blackburn (Chester), Unsporting behaviour
45 min - Booking, Paul Carden (Chester), Unsporting behaviour
45 min - Booking, Val Owen (Northwich), Unsporting behaviour
45 min - Substitution, Spink on for Ruffer, (Chester)
55 min - Booking, Mark Barnard (Northwich), Dissent
56 min - Booking, Denny Ingram (Northwich), Unsporting behaviour
57 min - Substitution, Burke on for Sedgemoore, (Northwich)
62 min - Substitution, Collins on for D Brown, (Chester)
70 min - Booking, Lee Woodyatt (Chester), Dissent
83 min - Goal, Steve Garvey, (Northwich)
87 min - Substitution, Haarhoff on for Blackburn, (Chester)
90 min - Booking, Jimmy Quinn (Northwich), Time wasting