A stoppage time equaliser from Ross Hannah rescued a point for Chester as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw away at bottom of the league Torquay United.

George Dowling, one of Torquay’s newest additions, put the hosts in front with a delightfully executed curled finish off the far post.

However it was the visitors that struck in stoppage time, Tom Shaw’s cross finding the Summer signing Hannah to salvage something for the travelling support of 151.

Torquay started the game positively, Luke Young’s free kick narrowly fired over the bar. Two tame efforts for James Gray were the best of the efforts in the opening 10 minutes.

The hosts then took the lead on 13 minutes, Chester’s defence failing to clear its lines allowed new signing George Dowling to curl his effort in off the post. A poor start for the Blues.

Chester’s first decent chance came on 20 minutes as John McCombe headed Lucas Dawson’s corner onto the inside of the post, to no avail.

Chester then had the best chance of the remainder of the half, James Akintunde cutting the ball back for Kingsley James, who’s effort was just centimetres over the crossbar.

Chester then continued their flurry of chances before a weak clearance from former Blue Ryan Higgins hit the leg of James, bouncing onto the crossbar.

The Blues went into the break a goal behind and didn’t come out looking too positive, Torquay’s Gray having a goal disallowed after a high foot on Chester captain McCombe.

The remainder of the half was end-to-end stuff, Gray firing across the face of goal whilst Nyal Bell’s effort was saved superbly by Durel in the Torquay goal.

Five minutes of stoppage time were enough for the Blues to get an equaliser, Tom Shaw’s cross found the left foot of returning forward Ross Hannah. Cue the celebrations in Plainmoor’s away terrace.

Torquay came close to snatching the winning goal but at full-time the points were shared.

The result now heaps pressure onto Blues boss Jon McCarthy, who has only won one in thirteen league games for Chester and hasn’t won any of the last fourteen home league matches.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Solihull Moors on Tuesday night will be the game that makes or breaks Jon McCarthy’s Chester career.

Attendance: 1,455 (151 away)