Chester FC edged closer to the National League trap door after a 2-0 defeat at cross-border neighbours Wrexham.

Second half goals from Scott Quigley and Nicky Deverdics ensured that the Dragons boosted their play-off hopes while at the same time pushing their old foes Chester closer to the National League North.

The Blues played well for periods and were well in the game until two goals in seven minutes proved decisive to bag the points for the home side.

We were live at the Racecourse for the clash and here is how the afternoon's action panned out in North Wales.

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Bignot's view

You can now read and watch Marcus Bignot’s reaction in full HERE.

Pundit's view

BT Sport’s Adam Virgo had this to say.

Bignot reacts

Marcus Bignot is live on our Chester FC Facebook page.

Match report

Dave Powell’s on the whistle report is in - you can read it HERE.

The fans react

FULL-TIME Wrexham 2 Chester FC 0

Second-half goals from Scott Quigley and Nicky Devedrics earn Wrexham the win.

That should be that

Tom Crawford curls a shot wide. Will feel he should’ve got it on target.

Added time

We’ll have an extra three minutes.

Man of the match

Wrexham midfielder Sam Wedgbury named the MoM. Not a particularly likeable player on this evidence - he’s been in the ref’s and Chester’s faces a fair few times - but a good one and the type you’d want in your team.

Second Dragons sub

Former Blue Paul Rutherford is replaced by Simon Ainge.

Petering out

No sign of a Chester comeback, despite the changes, and Wrexham seem happy to settle for 2-0.

Final change

Last roll of the dice for Marcus Bignot. He’s brought Craig Mahon on for Matty Waters.

Wrexham change

Akil Wright is on for the second goalscorer, Nicky Deverdics. 76 minutes gone.

The attendance

6,511 with 702 of those supporters in the away end.

Double change

Ross Hannah and Harry White are on for Chester. Jordan Archer and James Akintunde off.

GOAL Wrexham 2 Chester FC 0

Long, long way back now. Chris Holroyd’s wayward shots find his team-mate Nicky Deverdics all alone in the box and he turns and fires past Andy Firth.

Good response

The Blues have a corner as Lucas Dawson sees an effort deflect wide.

At long last, a Wrexham booking

Marcus Kelly for tripping Dom Vose when he was running at goal. I’m shocked.

GOAL Wrexham 1 Chester FC 0

The pressure has paid off. Scott Quigley shifts the ball on to his left foot on the edge of the area and fires in a shot that Andy Firth can only push into the far corner of the net.

Under pressure

Wrexham turning up the heat and Andy Firth saves a driven shot from Sam Wedgbury.

You're awake then?

That let-off has awoken the Dragons - and their support. ‘Dean Keates Red and White Army’ rings around the Racecourse.

Right time, right place

Wrexham respond strongly and Ryan Astles is expertly placed to hack away Scott Quigley’s dangerous cross-shot across the box.

So, so close

How did that stay out? Jordan Archer spins on the edge of the area and fires in a shot that Chris Dunn spills... and roles agonisingly past the post for a corner that came to nothing.

How's that work?

David Raven blatantly pushes James Akintunde in the back. Booking? Of course not.

Save

Chris Dunn tested for the first time, the Wrexham keeper pushing Lucas Dawson’s long-ranger past the post. Good start to the half by the Blues.

First-half action (courtesy of Terry Marland)

Chester FC striker James Akintunde sees a shot blocked by the Wrexham defence
Chester FC striker James Akintunde sees a shot blocked by the Wrexham defence (Image: Terry Marland)

We're under way

The second half has kicked off. No changes for either side.

Half-time thoughts

Well, I think Chester have done pretty well. They weathered the early storm and, even then, Andy Firth was untroubled, although the on-loan Liverpool keeper did flap at a couple of crosses later in the half.

Wrexham fans were baying for blood in the opening exchanges and, while Tom Crawford and Myles Anderson could have no complaints over their bookings, how Sam Wedgbury got away with one for a terrible tackle on Crawford – who has been excellent, by the way – is beyond me.

But the Racecourse faithful has got quieter as the game has gone on and, in a half of few chances, the best fell to the Blues. Jordan Archer will feel he should have done better.

Amen