Elliott Durrell's half way line effort on 82 minutes saved a point for Chester FC as they drew 1-1 at Boreham Wood.
The defensive woes that have been all too evident this season for Chester were on show once more when Wood's Morgan Ferrier capitalised on a skewed clearance from Ryan Astles before outstripping Blaine Hudson for pace and firing high into the net from a tight angle.
While the home side were limited to one or two half chances for the remainder of the first half Chester were unable to register a single effort on target, with Wood keeper Grant Smith a virtual spectator.
The second half was much of the same with Boreham Wood having some half chances but Chester did force Smith into a save with 10 minutes left when Craig Mahon's strike from 25 yards was superbly tipped wide.
The Blues, in truth, didn't look like finding a leveller until Durrell stepped off the bench to score in stunning fashion, spotting Smith off his line before lobbing him from 45 yards in Beckham-esque fashion.
A classic this was not.
A game that had looked to be petering out for a home success was suddenly turned on its head by a moment of magic by Durrell.
Blues boss Jon McCarthy's side were poor in the opening 45 minutes and the hosts had a comfortable time of it, with fears of a pointless weekend growing by the minute.
They regrouped in the second period and, to their credit, limited Boreham Wood to very little but they failed to make any inroads at the other end either.
Carelessness in possession was a theme for the opening half but they were much tighter in the second.
Losing James Akintunde in the warm up to a hamstring injury didn't help matters and forced McCarthy to change his plans at the last minute. With that in mind, regardless of how it came about, a point at Boreham Wood isn't a bad return but they will have to improve as a unit for the visit of Sutton United in seven days time.
Elliott Durrell: That moment of magic will be replayed over and over again. It saved the day and his presence on the pitch from the bench helped give Chester a spark.
Boreham Wood: Smith, Nunn, Ricketts, Paine, Shakes, Davis (Kuhl 72), Moke, Ferrier (Chiedozie 79), Ilesanmi, Balanta, Devera.
Subs: Woodards, Goodliffe, Boal.
Goals: Ferrier 5
Chester FC: Roberts, Horwood, Hudson, Astles, Vassell, Chapell (Durrell 72), Joyce, Lloyd, Shaw, Mahon, Richards (Hughes 88).
Subs: Worsnop, Akintunde, Hunt.
Goals: Durrell 82
Referee: Adrian Quelch.