Chester secured their first league win on enemy soil since 1978 as Wrexham suffered derby day misery.
Ex-red Paul Linwood headed Chester into a fifth minute lead before Lewis Turner’s (17) assured finish prompted outcry from the home faithful. They turned out to be Chester’s only shots on target - clinical, albeit aided by some highly questionable Reds defending.
Wrexham simply could not get going and their first half misery was compounded to an injury to Mark Creighton, who was declared fit for the first time since the opening day win over Welling United.
Not even the late sending off of Chester’s Ashley Williams could help Wrexham’s cause.
After a cagey start the visitors were in dreamland. Jordan Laidler’s free-kick was allowed to reach Linwood and the Chester skipper directed a powerful header past Joslain Mayebi into the top corner of the goal.
It got worse in the 17th minute as Wrexham became architects of their own downfall. Nathan Turner was allowed a second bite of the cherry after Rob Evans failed to clear on the left, and after his cross hit Ben Mills’s shin it rolled kindly into the path of Turner who stroked the ball low past Mayebi.
Wrexham knocked the ball about to no great end and five minutes before the break they suffered a further setback when Creighton felt his troublesome knee go. He was replaced by Junior N’tame.
The big Cameroon defender should have reduced the arrears a minute before half time, but he guided his header from Kevin Thornton’s corner woefully wide.
A lung-busting run by Robbie Evans early in the second half finally got the home fans off their feet but the ball just trickled away from him as he shaped to shoot whilst surrounding by several Chester players.
Joe Anyinsah replaced the ineffective Brett Ormerod just shy of the hour mark before another scything run offered hope.
Bradley Reid dribbled the ball past one and nut-megged another Chester player and as he attempted to breeze past a third for a clear sight of goal he was pipped to the ball to earn his side a corner.
Reid fired wide from an acute angle as Wrexham exerted their best pressure from corners.
At the other end Mayebi got down well to deny Nathan Turner after he ghosted through a gap on the left side of the 18 yard box.
With seven minutes left Chester’s Williams was given his marching orders for shoving his arms into Reid’s face.
Reid, the subject of transfer rumours, was upended by Nathan Turner in the box but his penalty appeal was waved away by referee Wayne Barrett.
Wrexham failed to muster anything in five minutes of added time as Chester secured the first set of bragging rights on offer this season.
Wrexham: Mayebi, Ashton (cpt), Thornton (Ogleby, 74), Creighton (N’tame, 40), Clarke, Bishop, Ormerod (Anyinsah, 59), Tomassen, Hunt, Evans, Reid.
Subs: Coughlin (GK), Morrell.
Referee: Wayne Barrett (West Mids)
Wrexham: Bishop (foul)