Chester FC were unable to take advantage of a Grimsby side that were low on confidence and reduced to ten men early in the second half as the sides played out a nil-nil draw.
Neil Young made just one change to the side that beat Macclesfield Town 2-1 on Tuesday night. Danny Harrison, who came on as a sub in midweek, returns to the starting line up in place of Nathan Turner who drops down to the bench. There was no place in the side for Ashley Williams, who returned to the squad following his suspension.
In a quiet first half Gareth Seddon, fresh off his first goal for the club during midweek, shrugged off Mariners skipper, Shaun Pearson, before shooting just wide.
The visitors had a couple of early chances as Lenell John-Lewis struck one from 25 yards as the Blues defence backed off before Paul Bignot got on the end of a training ground routine from a corner forcing Danby to save low.
The best chance of the half fell to the visitors as Higginbotham was caught out and Lenell John-Lewis had the goal at his mercy but could only poke an effort that Danby deflected and George Horan cleared off the line.
Chester will feel hard done by as Ben Mills was dragged down in the area, though moments later Joe Colbeck was shown a straight red card for raising his arm, though he protested his innocence.
Both sides were struggling to create chances, with the majority of efforts coming from long ranged shots that were deflected.
Substituted Alex Titchiner did well when coming on, turning his man before cutting inside and shooting low, but James McKeown was equal to it and turned it away with his feet.
Inside the final few minutes Lewis Turner was able to get on the end of a Michael Kay cross but couldn't direct his header goalwards.
Chester: Danby, Kay, Horan (c), Higginbotham, Pugh; L Turner, Harrison, McIntyre, Chippendale (Mahon); Mills (Titchiner), Seddon
Subs: N Turner, Linwood, Lindfield
Grimsby: McKeown, Kerr, Pearson (c), Doig, Colbeck, John-Lewis (Cook), Bignot, Goodall, Hannah (Hearn), Jones, McLaughlin
Subs: Thomas, Neilson, McDonald
Man of the match: Chester - Gareth Seddon. Grimsby - Ritchie Jones
Bookings: Grimsby - Paul Bignot
Sending Offs: Grimsby - Joe Colbeck
Attendance: 2,363 (350)
Referee: Mr Ben Toner
Assistant Referees: Mr Matthew Jones, Mr Ian Gittins
4th Official: Mr Michael Bonnage
Match Report by Chris Graham
Match Pictures courtesy of Rick Matthews and Terry Marland