Match ends, Torquay United 0, Chester FC 1.
Torquay United 0-1 Chester
Teenage Chester captain Sam Hughes boosted his side's hopes of avoiding relegation with a late winner to leave Torquay United in the bottom four.
The 19-year-old City right-back let fly with a fierce 25-yard right-foot shot, which deflected in off Damon Lathrope.
The Gulls, who had to play the whole of the second half with 10 men after Myles Anderson was sent off, went closest when Jamie Reid hit the post.
Chester are now nine points clear of trouble, with Torquay in 21st place.
The closest either side came before the break were a pair of curled free kicks over the bar from Chester's Evan Horwood and Torquay front man Reid.
The visitors went close to earning a 43rd-minute penalty when James Alabi was brought down on the edge of the box. But referee Sam Allison opted not to give the spot-kick and instead sent off Anderson.
Chester had to survive a huge second-half scramble when Ruairi Keating was denied in a triple let-off that ended with keeper Alex Lynch touching Reid's shot onto the post
Hughes, the best player on the park and already on the wish list of Football League clubs, then fired home before Chester had to survive a real scare when defender Ryan Astles somehow scooped over his own bar in the 86th minute.
- 17AndersonBooked at 43mins
- 8YoungBooked at 58mins
- 9HarradSubstituted forLeeat 45'minutes
- 19KeatingBooked at 44minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 76'minutes
- 3HorwoodSubstituted forWatersat 30'minutes
- 14JoyceSubstituted forDurrellat 71'minutes
- 26DawsonBooked at 89mins
- 15RichardsSubstituted forShawat 79'minutes
- 9AlabiBooked at 90mins
- Sam Allison
James Alabi (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half ends, Torquay United 0, Chester FC 1.
Goal! Torquay United 0, Chester FC 1. Sam Hughes (Chester FC).
Substitution, Chester FC. Tom Shaw replaces Kane Richards.
Substitution, Torquay United. Brett Williams replaces Ruairi Keating.
Substitution, Chester FC. Elliott Durrell replaces Wade Joyce.
Luke Young (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Chester FC 0.
First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Chester FC 0.
Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Lee replaces Shaun Harrad.
Myles Anderson (Torquay United) is shown the red card.
Substitution, Chester FC. Matty Waters replaces Evan Horwood.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.