THE Blues suffered derby disappointment at the Deva Stadium this afternoon as rivals Wrexham left with the three points.
A fatal combination of poor finishing and bad defending meant Chester slumped to a third successive defeat – their second under caretaker boss Simon Davies.
Wrexham’s former Chester goalkeeper Gavin Ward pulled off some fine saves on his return to his old club, the first coming after just 42 seconds from a Chris Holroyd shot.
When an under pressure Ward punched Kevin Ellison’s right-wing corner into his own net on 21 minutes, he was relieved to hear referee Andy D’Urso blow his whistle for a foul – a decision which looked hard on the Blues.
Within a matter of seconds, the ball was in the back of the City net as Michael Proctor supplied Paul Hall and the former Jamaica international beat home keeper John Danby with a crisp volley from the edge of the box.
Chester tried to crank up the pressure in the second half, but Ward stood firm. His best save of the game came just after the hour mark when he somehow tipped an Ellison shot up and over the crossbar when the City winger was no more than six yards in front of him.
The Dragons sealed the three points in the 65th minute through Proctor, who took advantage of some slack marking to hook a throw-in from Carl Tremarco into the top corner from 15 yards.
While the result has boosted rock bottom Wrexham’s chances of beating the drop, it leaves the Blues worryingly close to the teams fighting it out to avoid relegation in the League Two basement.
Chester: Danby, Vaughan, Roberts, Linwood, Wilson (Rutherford 62), Holroyd (McManus 77), Dinning, Hughes, Sandwith, Murphy, Ellison. Subs: Palethorpe, Kelly, Rule.
Booked: Linwood, Hughes.
Wrexham: Ward, Bolland, Hope, Mike Williams, Spender, Whitley, Hall (Nicholson 72), Llewellyn, Tremarco, Broughton (Duffy 80), Proctor (Aiston 85).
Subs: Anthony Williams, Spann.
Booked: Spender, Hall, Tremarco, Hope.
Goals: Hall 22, Proctor 65.
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).