RYAN ASTLES’ last minute equaliser ensured Chester took a point from Prenton Park in a thrilling 2-2 draw – despite being 2-0 down at the break.
The Blues centre-half found himself on the edge of the area – and hit an inch perfect strike into the far corner, beating a scrambling Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal.
On the half hour mark, the hosts took the lead against the run of play. A looped pass into the area was taken down by Cook – who had enough time to drill the ball past Lynch despite the Blues keeper getting a hand to the ball.
Rovers manager Micky Mellon couldn’t rue many missed chances for his side, and they soon doubled their lead through Ben Tollitt. The on-loan Portsmouth winger impressed throughout the opening stages – and got his reward as he got the better of the Hughes to slice a shot into the far corner.
Tranmere boosted their ranks in the week with the addition of Andy Mangan – who made a return to Prenton Park from Shrewsbury – and the striker stamped his mark on the game early on.
The 30-year old got the better of the Chester defence – before setting himself up on the volley to fire well over Alex Lynch’s crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.
The Blues had a great chance to reduce the deficit before the break. Mahon started a counter attack on the half way line before feeding in Richards – only for the Blues striker to hit the woodwork from inside the area.
After several dubious refereeing decisions in the first half, Blues boss Jon McCarthy would have been looking for a positive response from his players in the second half and it was Chester who came faster out of the blocks.
Lloyd fired in a left footed in swinging cross for captain Tom Shaw to rise the highest and head home from 12 yards out.
Tranmere found themselves down to ten men on the 65th minute after goal scorer Tollitt was adjudged to have dived under pressure from Hughes – and was shown his second booking by Sheffield-based referee Thomas Bramall.
Ryan Astles’ stunning last minute strike means the Blues remain unbeaten in the league since their defeat at Woking back in August.
Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Vaughan, Ridehalgh, McNulty, Sutton, Kirby (Mekki 84), Tollitt, Harris, Hughes, Cook, Mangan (Ihiekwe 65).
Subs not used: Turner, Stephenson, Dawson.
Bookings: Harris (23), Davies (77), Vaughan (87)
Red card: Tollitt (65)
Chester FC: Lynch, Hughes, Hudson, Astles, Hunt, Durrell, Shaw, Lloyd, Mahon, Alabi, Richards.
Subs not used: Evans, Joyce, Chapell, Marsh, Horwood
Bookings: Astles (42), Mahon (45), Richards (90), Hudson (90+4)
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Attendance: 7790 (1129 away)