Ben Heneghan’s last-gasp strike sealed an incredible win for the Blues in a captivating battle with old foes Wrexham.

There have been more than 150 meetings between the clubs but few have served up drama like this.

Even before the final twist, the 3,000 or so inside the Swansway Chester Stadium and those watching on BT Sport had been treated to a real humdinger.

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Wrexham bossed the first period and could have been three or four up going into the break but had to make do with a one-goal lead thanks to Blaine Hudson.

Chester turned things around in the second, hitting the post and having a goal ruled out before the assiduous Craig Hobson drew them level.

Wrexham looked to have survived the ensuing onslaught as the clock ticked down but Heneghan, the most unlikeliest of sources, popped up with the winning goal.

 

Both camps came into the match in winning form and giving off positive vibes, raising hopes there would be no repeat of the 0-0 bore draw back in April.

Chester boss Steve Burr kept faith with the team that recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Southport six days previous, meaning Kieran Charnock retained the captain's armband.

Leading scorer Hobson, whose three goals don't come close to reflecting his overall contribution, recovered from a knock to lead the line.

Wrexham had taken nine points from the last 12 available and another win would move them up to fourth in the table.

Kevin Wilkin named the same side that won 1-0 at Barnet but included fit-again skipper Dean Keates on the bench along with Dan Holman, borrowed from Colchester United in time for the game.

Before the action began, the Swansway Chester Stadium hushed to mark the 80th anniversary of the Gresford mining disaster but unpleasant chants from a small section of the home support interrupted the silence.

That provoked an angry reaction among the Wrexham fans behind the goal as the game began but there was no time to breathe because the first goal arrived on 66 seconds.

Jon Worsnop made a fine one-handed save after Louis Moult headed towards goal but the ball sat up for Hudson, who prodded home from close range to put the Welsh side ahead.

Wrexham could have gone two up when Wes York's excellent cross found Moult but his attempt was too high.

Chester responded with two chances as John Rooney curled a free kick into the wall and then lifted a snap-shot over but the Reds were far more dangerous.

York, who was a real menace on the left wing, rattled the crossbar with a wonderful strike from 25 yards before Elliott Durrell's deflected effort drifted wide with Worsnop scrambling.

Sean McConville headed a Rooney cross over and Jadan Hall forced Daniel Bachman into a save low down at the other end as relentless pace of the game continued.

Craig Mahon fired past the post from 25 yards and there were some encouraging signs going forward for the Blues, but it was another story defensively.

Full backs Heneghan and Gareth Roberts were having a torrid time with little protection and Connor Jennings missed an absolute sitter on 28 minutes.

Neil Ashton, once of Chester City, was allowed far too much space and cut the ball back to Jennings, but he guided the ball wide when he seemed destined to score.

Wrexham should have been out of sight but those missed chances meant the Blues somehow remained in the contest heading towards the half-time whistle.

Chester were seeing as much of the ball as the Reds, whose pace up top was a real problem, but some poor deliveries and decisions in promising areas were costing them and the Blues were relieved to go in one down.

Burr's side needed a different approach and tried to get into the faces of the opposition and rough them up. Rooney escaped with a yellow card after a dangerous-looking tackle but the tactic did upset the visitors rhythm.

Chester were beginning to get on top and Rooney beat Bachmann with a trademark free kick on 54 minutes but his strike rebounded off the post.

Wrexham responded with Durrell getting inside Roberts but the little midfielder elected to shoot rather the pass to better placed team-mates and Worsnop saved.

Chester made a change with Ibou Touray replacing Hall and the Blues had the ball in the net on 61 minutes but the linesman flagged to cut the celebrations short.

Bachman saved from Rooney and Touray before Hobson turned the ball home but the flag had been raised.

Jennings headed a decent chance wide as Wrexham showed they remained a danger but the home side were now well on top and the pressure told on 74 minutes.

Rooney turned on the fringe of the box and unleashed a shot, the non-stop Hobson raised his leg and diverted the ball past the helpless Bachmann.

It was no more than the Blues deserved and the home fans could sense the momentum had changed.

Burr and Wilkin rolled the dice, Wrexham bringing on Holman and Chester replacing the excellent Hobson with Chris Iwelumo, moving into the final few minutes.

Charnock crashed a shot over on the turn after a corner had been knocked down on 85 minutes and Touray stung Bachmann's palms with a rasping shot in the final minute.

Chester continued to chase the game and the persistence paid off when Kingsley James swung over a cross with 94 minutes on the clock and Heneghan stole in to guide the ball past Bachmann and win the game.

It was a remarkable finish and a fitting end to one of the most memorable cross-border derbies in a long, long time.

Chester FC: Worsnop, Heneghan, Kay, Charnock, G Roberts, Mahon (Riley 73), James, Rooney, Hall (Touray 59), McConville, Hobson (Iwelumo 83).

Subs: C Roberts, Harrison.

Goals: Hobson 74, Heneghan 90.

Booked: Charnock, Rooney.

Wrexham: Bachmann, White, Hudson, Smith, Roberts, Clark, Evans (Keates 65), Durrell (Holman 81), York (Bailey-Jones 76), Jennings, Moult.

Subs: Bishop, Tomassen.

Goal: Hudson 2.

Booked: White, Hudson, Bachmann.

Referee: Ross Joyce (Billingham).

Attendance: 3,183.