CHESTER CITY'S disappointing run of results continued yesterday, when they lost to neighbours Wrexham in a keenly-contested cross-border derby at the Racecourse.
The result means that City remain rooted to the bottom of Coca-Cola League Two, but there were moments of encouragement.
Chester manager Mark Wright reflected: "We weren't at the races in the first half, but we came back well in the second and created enough to have won it."
The Welshmen looked a much slicker outfit early on, with on-loan players Mark Jones and Matt Derbyshire causing problems down the left flank.
City's Paul Harrison made saves to deny Crowell and Derbyshire then on 11 minutes the home side took the lead from a a left-sided corner which saw unmarked Danny Williams head home from 10 yards.
Four minutes Wrexham were awarded a dubious penalty, after Artell was brought Williams down. However, Harrison dived to his right to save Crowell's spot-kick at the second attempt.
Wrexham doubled their advantage nine minutes from the break. Derbyshire found oceans of space before crossing to Mark Jones who unleashed a stunning effort from 18 yards which gave Harrison no chance.
Ryan Lowe replaced Carl Regan just after the hour and City began to take control.
Albrighton and Drummond both saw headers go wide and Lowe produced a snap shot which brought out a good save from Ingham.
Substitute Paul Rutherford brought out two saves from Ingham in quick succession before Chester grabbed a lifeline two minutes from time. Jake Edwards powered past three tackles before firing past Ingham from 12 yards.
In added time Ellender had a shot blocked, Branch fluffed a half chance from 10 yards and Ingham made a good save to deny Edwards as Wrexham hung on.
After the match Wright added: "We created enough chances to have won the game in the second period.
"Bad marking led to their first goal, but their second was an excellent effort. I thought that Jake Edwards had a first-class game and took his goal extremely well.
"We now face a massive game on Wednesday when we travel to Boston United.
"It is never an easy place to go, but we just have to ensure that we take all the good points from this game and ensure that we perform for the full 90 minutes."
WREXHAM: Ingham, Lawrence, Holt, D Williams, Ferguson, Bennett, Derbyshire, Crowell, Mark Jones, Pejic, S Williams. Subs: Michael Jones, Walters, Spender, Done, M Williams.
CHESTER CITY : Harrison, McNiven, Albrighton, Artell, Regan (Lowe 62), Ellender, Drummond, Davies, El Kholti (Rutherford 75), Edwards, Branch. Subs: Mackenzie, Hessey, Tait.
REFEREE: Mr Tony Leake (Lancashire).
ATT : 7,240.