Sam Hughes' strike from distance gave Chester a 1-0 win over Torquay United in the National League.
A quiet opening period on the English Rivera was dominated by Chester possession – with Evan Horwood going closest for the Blues when his free kick went inches over the crossbar.
Torquay only won two games in their last six going into this encounter – not picking up maximum points at home since January. Jamie Reid struck a free kick marginally over the crossbar – before the on-loan Exeter striker then fired an effort wide of Alex Lynch’s near post.
Evan Horwood’s season has been plagued by unfortunate injuries – and on the half hour mark made way for youth graduate after what looked like a knee injury to his left leg.
Minutes before half time and the Gulls were reduced to ten men. James Alabi found himself through on goal before he was hacked down on the edge of the area by Myles Anderson – who saw red after deliberations amongst the officials.
A simply outstanding save from Lynch denied an almost destined goal after the Blues keeper tipped a shot from Reid onto the upright.
With ten minutes left on the clock, the Blues took the lead through captain Sam Hughes. After the ball bounced around the box, Hughes picked up the loose ball on the edge of the box – and fired a drilled effort past Brendan Moore between the Gulls sticks.
Torquay United: Moore, Anderson (Red Card 43), Lathrope, Gallifuoco, McGinty, Young, Rowe-Turner, Harrad (Lee 45), Keating (Williams 76), Reid (Sparkes 77), Verma.
Subs not used: Chaney, Nicholson.
Chester FC: Lynch, Hughes, Hudson, Astles, Hunt, Dawson, Lloyd, Joyce (Durrell 71), Horwood (Waters 31), Richards (Shaw 80), Alabi.
Subs not used: Roberts, George.